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August 2005

Password Security

Symark Software's PowerKeeper 1.4 Symark Software Price: Starts at $250 per server/application/firewall/router, and $125 per desktop @exb Symark Software's PowerKeeper 1.4 @exe Administrative passwords are the "keys to the kingdom," but securely and efficiently managing them can be challenging. Organizations are known to keep paper copies of administrative passwords in a safe or an encrypted MS Excel spreadsheets--cumbersome and unreliable practices. Symark Software's PowerKeeper 1.4 addresses this problem with a secure, automated device for managing administrative passwords. However, we encountered serious problems with the first two appliances we received: We were unable to do basic configuration and administration, despite support help, and had to return both appliances to Symark. The third appliance worked as expected. PowerKeeper's security is solid. The hardened appliance runs Windows 2003 Web Server, and the hard drive is encrypted with 256-bit AES. The built-in CyberGuard firewall card is configured to only allow inbound...

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