A Picture is Worth…
President & CEO
About two years ago Lawrence
of Gartner and I had a great conversation at the RSA show in San
our products and about the huge amount of security and configuration
collect and show. Mr. Pingree challenged us to unlock this treasure
information for customers by providing flexible access to the data in a
of formats besides columnar reports.
That single conversation at our booth sparked a development
effort over the last two years to create a new dashboard and visualization
system for our privileged identity management products that we will be
at the 2012 RSA show.
4.83.3 of Enterprise/Random
Password Manager (E/RPM) we started exposing more and more of the
data we collect on platforms, accounts and internal configuration
new data appears as new columns of data and we have added a “Details”
make available additional views of data/systems. We have also been
data into existing columns to show items such as completion success
percentages, time taken per job, and other data.
Starting with version 4.83.4 we are adding graphical
rendering of data in dashboard format, via interactive ad-hoc
configurable graphs. These dashboard panels and interactive graphs will
support both 2D and 3D renderings. We’ve also provided a rich range of
graphing and scaling options, and a broad palette of color schemes to
help highlight a lot of interesting data. Most of the graphs support
immediate drill down into the supporting columnar data used to produce
the graph elements.
What We Learned
As we developed the dashboards and visualizations we started
to realize that every graph we created increased the demand for even
graphs as we started asking “what if we could see…?” For example, we
scalable architecture for distributed processing of jobs, but we never
way of graphing the utilization of these zone processors. Similarly, if
jobs that were taking too long, these would tend to get lost in the
data of jobs. By implementing a graphical representation of past jobs,
able to see which jobs were impacting the completion time of others.
In a similar vein, we started graphing what users were
doing, which accounts were most active, and all kinds of regular
data that immediately allowed us to find issues with users, systems,
behavior almost instantaneously.
It is really amazing how the human mind can instantly see
patterns in data when represented as graphs. In some cases, the 3D
representation combined with logarithmic scaling can find very
frequency events that would be impossible to see in data tables.
Exciting Future or
Just Eye Candy?
I have to admit that
many of the development team members were skeptical about spending time
candy” for customers instead of making better and stronger plumbing
historical role). Once we started grinding through the masses of data
putting them into graphical form, everybody on the development team got
and more excited about the inherent value that visual data can provide.
As part of this new module’s creation, we found that
grinding down gigabytes of data into graphs on demand in a reasonable
time (less than 30 seconds) turned out to be just as challenging as
passwords on 500,000 systems in less than an hour. As it turns out, the
computer science behind creating useful graphics based on tremendously
data sets turns out to also be a fun challenge that we have met.
The new reporting graphs do not concentrate on specific
compliance scenarios (no phony graph of PCI/HIPAA/FISMA compliance: it
so we must be good), but rather on the reporting of true security
(coverage, count, depth) and providing the ability to drill down to the
prove coverage and proactive controls.
Thank You, Mr.
When we exhibit at tradeshows we are obviously there to
introduce our solutions to new customers as well as to meet existing
Every once in a while we meet with a customer or analyst that
challenges us to
do even better. I am happy to say that at RSA 2012 we have something
how we can do privileged identity management even better.
Stop by RSA 2012 in San
Stop by our booth at RSA
Francisco from February 27 – March 2, 2012 at booth #341 to see our
range of IT administrator tools as well as our privileged identity
Don’t forget to ask for a sneak peek at our new dashboards
and visualizations for privileged identity management that will be
the next version of E/RPM.
Beta Testers Needed
If you are an
existing customer of E/RPM and are interested in beta testing the
version of E/RPM before its release (including dashboards and
please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
and ask to receive access to the E/RPM 4.83.4 beta.
What do you think? Email me at: email@example.com.
You can also follow me on Twitter: @liebsoft
or connect with me via LinkedIn.