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Covisint Chief Security Officer Helps Companies Avoid Advanced Persistent Security Threats

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DETROIT, Oct. 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Covisint, a Compuware (Nasdaq:CPWR) company, announced that its Chief Security Officer, Dave Miller, today instructed organizations on ways to protect against APTs, otherwise known as "advanced persistent threats." Miller contributed to a panel discussion at SecureWorld Expo in Detroit, discussing the current APT "threatscape" and noting the proactive measures companies should take to mitigate, deter and prevent these elusive and ever-changing menaces.

Miller specifically discussed four areas: 1) key steps to prevent identity breaches from occurring; 2) APT evolution; 3) the difficulty of investigating different types of APTs; and 4) the sharing of key APT indicators. Miller also stated that the "bad guys often compromise the 'weakest cyber link'" by discreetly attacking low-value access points first, which then are leveraged to gain access to higher level and more impactful information--the IT-security equivalent, he noted, of leaving the keys under the corporate mat.

Several APTs have wrought corporate and often very public damage in recent years, including the Night Dragon style attacks, the attack against RSA and other ominous threats. Although there are multiple APT definitions, typically these tend to be:

  • advanced--cyber attacks that leverage the latest technology and other resources;
  • persistent--ongoing, long-term and targeted; and
  • threatening--a specific and strategic reason to do damage, as well as the capability and the intent to carry out such an action.

"Companies that collaborate beyond their organizational boundaries--and today, that's virtually all organizations--are prime candidates for an APT threat," Miller said. "Enterprises need to separate or 'decouple' the identities from the information, and Covisint does this worldwide by segregating the management of external IDs from internal IDs."

Covisint identity management services, at the core of the Covisint ExchangeLink™ platform, drastically reduce the burden of integrating complex systems, managing multiple IDs and passwords across a wide network of constituents by performing time-consuming administration and reporting tasks while also ensuring compliance. Covisint identity services enable organizations to simply and securely manage digital identities across virtually any combination of internal/external systems and end user groups. Delivered as an on demand set of services, Covisint identity services centralize and automate processes surrounding the exposure, acceptance, and monitoring of digital identities across security domains.

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