SOURCE: NetIQ Corporation

NetIQ Corporation

September 08, 2009 09:00 ET

NetIQ Delivers Greater Security for Active Directory With Latest Releases

Deep Role-Based Access Controls Better Protect Critical Data and Reduce Compliance Workload

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - September 8, 2009) - IT organizations face a number of challenges when tasked with the native management, administration and security of Microsoft Active Directory. As they push the limits of this technology, ensuring security and internal controls becomes most critical to not only manage user access, but to eliminate human error, demonstrate compliance and improve service delivery.

To help IT meet these challenges and more efficiently manage and secure Active Directory, NetIQ Corporation today announced the availability of NetIQ® Directory and Resource Administrator™ 8.5 and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator™ 6.1.

NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator granularly controls and delegates administrative and end-user privilege. It centralizes auditing and reporting, automates repetitive activities such as user provisioning and password and privilege management, and enforces security and management policies. NetIQ Group Policy Administrator provides a secure off-line repository for managing Group Policy objects, enabling IT organizations to fully exploit Microsoft Group Policy to manage their Windows environments. With advanced granular off-line RSOP modeling and analysis and multi-forest and domain support, including un-trusted domain management, organizations can better predict the impact of Group Policy Objects to their production environment, more efficiently achieve compliance, and minimize service interruptions.

"As a leading energy transportation and distribution company, we must comply with a variety of federal and industry regulations. To achieve and maintain compliance, it is imperative that we audit and report on our administrative activities -- particularly across Active Directory," said Larry Amerman, security administrator at Enbridge, Inc. "We have long relied upon NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator to control administrative access and privilege. Leveraging the auditing and reporting capabilities in 8.5, we can now easily access detailed activity information and, with drag and drop capabilities, produce meaningful reports that satisfy audit and security stakeholder requirements."

To help organizations further protect and secure valuable business and user data within Active Directory, NetIQ has made the following improvements:

NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator 8.5

-- Configurable auditing and reporting to clearly detail changes made within Active Directory -- including who made changes to what, when and where -- to better identify harmful activity and protect data accuracy.

-- Highly scalable audit log repository to protect audit records from tampering while drastically reducing storage requirements in comparison to competing database-oriented technologies.

-- Granular access control and customization that allow reports to be seen only by those whose roles specifically require access, helping to minimize the exposure of critical business data and meet auditing and reporting requirements.

-- Enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Active Directory 2008.

NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 6.1

-- Enhanced secure off-line change management that models and predicts the business impact of changes made to Group Policy Objects.

-- Updated support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (including Group Policy preferences), Active Directory 2008 and Microsoft SQL 2008.

-- Improved compatibility and integration with Centrify Corporation's DirectControl™, which provides Active Directory-based authentication and access control for non-Microsoft systems, web applications, databases and ERP applications, and storage systems with Microsoft Active Directory.

"As organizations more heavily rely on Active Directory to support their business requirements, the potential for service disruptions, inconsistent administration practices, incomplete data and unnecessary security exposure increases dramatically," commented Erin Avery, Product Marketing manager at NetIQ. "These latest NetIQ Directory and Resource and Group Policy Administrator releases help administrators address these challenges. By making it even easier to delegate privileges for specific administration tasks and simplifying policy enforcement with greater compliance auditing and reporting, organizations can reduce Active Directory workload as well as the risks associated with managing this critical system."

Availability and Pricing

NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator 8.5 and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 6.1 are available worldwide today. List pricing for NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator starts at $1,600 per 100 users and $900 per 100 users for NetIQ Group Policy Administrator. For more information, visit or call NetIQ at (888) 323-6768.

About NetIQ

NetIQ, an Attachmate business, is a global leader in systems and security management. With more than 12,000 customers in over 60 countries, NetIQ solutions maximize technology investments and enable IT process improvements to achieve measurable cost savings. For more information on NetIQ's portfolio of award-winning products for IT Process Automation, Systems Management, Security Management, Configuration Audit and Control, Enterprise Administration and Unified Communications Management, visit

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