Hitachi ID launches Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric, an identity and access management solution

Hitachi ID has unveiled the Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric and version 12.0 of its identity and privileged access management solution.

“Executives making strategic decisions about identity and access vulnerabilities need to solve fundamental cybersecurity problems with a robust platform not a menagerie of siloed products,” says Kevin Nix, Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi ID Systems.

“Our Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric lets organizations frame and optimize their cybersecurity programs with one singular platform across identity, group, password, privilege access.

“Organizations can weave the identity and access services in various patterns to protect, manage and govern their digital identity and access infrastructure from attacks with the scalability, flexibility and integration they need as their roadmaps evolve.”

Proven patterns combined with more than two decades of security expertise

The Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric creates a centralized view to weave patterns of functionality an organization needs to protect against continual threats and cover all aspects of your identity and access security program.

As you uncover new identity and access threats or your roadmap evolves, turn services on or off as without installing other products to improve IT security, support internal controls and regulatory compliance, and lower access administration and costs.

Only platform spanning identity, privileged access and passwords

Organizations evaluating their identity and access maturity will now be able to reveal risks and threats with the most accurate, fastest, and in-depth risk and threat assessment report for both identity and privileged access with the new Hitachi ID Bravura Discover.

Unlike similar tools typically limited to identity applications on Windows and Linux, Hitachi ID Bravura Discover works across platforms and for both identity and privileged access applications.

According to industry analyst Martin Kuppinger, founder of KuppingerCole in his paper on Modern Identity Fabrics: A Cornerstone of your Digital Strategy, “Identity Fabrics are a cornerstone of every Digital Transformation strategy.

“They help in rapidly delivering unified identity services, providing the services and the agility needed for success in the Digital Transformation, while allowing for migration, integration, and re-use of existing legacy IAM.

“Businesses need a multi-speed IAM that serves both emerging requirements and the gradual migration of legacy IAM into a modern Identity Fabric, at their own pace.”

Modern usability that scales to hundreds of thousands of systems

Version 12.0 delivers modern usability and integration with intelligent bots for better self-service. Its enhanced configurability with powerful grouping constructs can manage thousands to millions of identities with robust policy and rule verifications.

It’s the only platform that spans identity, privileged access and password management and also scales to hundreds of thousands of systems and tens of millions of identities.

“Hitachi ID’s great technical skill and brilliance in identity, privileged access and password management was the impetus for our new naming strategy,” says Nix.

“I am incredibly excited to lead the company to a singular platform approach with a sharp focus on making the solution work smarter and faster for organizations while we extend our key capabilities with strategic partners.”

CIOs prioritizing IAM over endpoint security and security awareness training

CIOs are prioritizing identity and access management (IAM) over endpoint security and security awareness training in 2020, according to a Hitachi ID survey.

CIOs prioritizing IAM

The survey, focused on changes in IT spending in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, reveals that cybersecurity is IT leaders’ top focus for the rest of the year—and half of those surveyed are increasing their budgets to support their goals.

The pandemic has upended most businesses’ 2020 plans, with 70% of CIOs reporting their long-term priorities have shifted since the start of the year. Now, 89% said they’re focused on cybersecurity, while 82% are working on remote enablement.

Their goals reflect these new priorities: 86% said they’re aiming to improve security standards across their environment, while 80% are making their tech stack more flexible for remote and on-premise users. In addition, 75% said they were hoping to keep their IT infrastructure and tool stack up to date.

CIOs expect their budgets to increase in 2020

While budgets are tight for half the respondents, who don’t expect an increase in spending, the other half of CIOs expect their budgets to increase in 2020 to reflect shifts in IT. Some 33% anticipated a 5% increase, 13% foresaw a 5-10% increase, and 9% expected an increase greater than 10%.

To achieve their security and remote enablement goals, 43% of CIOs are investing in IAM, ahead of endpoint security (34%) and security awareness training (17%).

“Prioritizing IAM makes sense. CIOs have been waking up to the fact that most hackers don’t break down the gate—they just unlock it because they already have the keys,” said Kevin Nix, CEO at Hitachi ID.

“Bad actors have been focused on stolen credentials, phishing attacks, and social engineering, especially since the pandemic forced so many employees to work remotely. We’ve seen a new urgency among companies looking for IAM solutions. Last year, businesses might plan to adopt IAM over a year or two. Now they need it next quarter.”

CIOs prioritizing IAM

Other findings

  • 67% of CIOs say they’re more willing to invest in emerging technologies
  • 88% of respondents at companies with 500-1000 employees were planning to invest in emerging technology, the most of any size category. Just 45% of those at companies with 5,000 to 10,000 employees said the same, the lowest of any category.
  • 87% would consider emerging security technology in 2020, while 71% would consider emerging AI and machine learning technology