WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Thycotic, a provider of smart and effective privileged account management solutions for global organizations, today announced that the University of San Diego (USD) is using Secret Server to securely manage privileged account passwords to strengthen the protection of sensitive data shared by the entire IT department.
"We have a number of important IT initiatives at the university, including cloud applications and wireless network support for students and faculty," explained Chris Wessells, chief information officer at the University of San Diego. "Controlling access to privileged accounts that maintain these initiatives is critical to their success and to our security. Secret Server does this in a way that is both secure and convenient for our employees."
For more than six decades, the University of San Diego has been dedicated to the values of its Catholic founders. The IT team at USD is tasked with the support of connectivity, access to applications and computing services for 8,300 students as well as faculty and administrative staff. Because the USD IT organization consists of database administration (DBA), applications and systems teams with their own segmented projects and network access, a scalable, unified method was required for storing, distributing, maintaining and auditing passwords.
"Secret Server has helped us standardize the way our organization protects privileged account passwords," said Jordan Anderson, systems administrator with the University of San Diego. "Our organization wanted an enterprise-grade solution that was easy to deploy, use and scale, and Secret Server delivered all of this from day one."
The university's IT department benefits from using Secret Server by automating a large piece of their day-to-day tasks and allowing them to focus on other important IT initiatives that can improve how the organization operates. By using their existing Active Directory credentials, IT team members can quickly gain access to Secret Server's central repository to maintain, monitor and rotate privileged account passwords, and easily change out passwords based on user permission levels.
"Cybersecurity incidents are on the rise at college campuses across the country. It's easy to see why: Each higher education database contains an overwhelming amount of information on students, faculty and alumni – all of which are attractive to hackers," noted Jonathan Cogley founder and CEO of Thycotic. "The automation and simplicity of Secret Server enable IT organizations and other departments to be more proactive in protecting sensitive data, providing enterprise-grade security without putting additional strain on resources."
About the University of San Diego
The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, Catholic intellectual and social traditions, and providing a superior liberal arts education for scholars of all faiths. For more information, visit http://www.sandiego.edu.
Thycotic IT security and password management solutions empower companies to remove the complexities associated with proper access control and management of privileged accounts. An Inc. 5000 company, Thycotic is trusted by more than 3,000 customers worldwide – including members of the Fortune 500, enterprises, government agencies, technology firms, universities, non-profits and managed service providers. To learn more, please visit thycotic.com.