Elemental Security, Inc., the award-winning pioneer of new technology in enterprise information security, today announced that it has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in the “Cool Vendors in Security and Privacy, 2006” report (Amrit T. Williams, et al., March 11, 2006) by Gartner, Inc.
According to the Gartner, Inc., report, “Gartner believes that a strong security program comes from defining policy, auditing the environment against that policy, and then enforcing policy against noncompliant devices. However, a policy-driven approach to security compliance, integrated with network access control, can require multiple technologies, with process filling the gaps. The IT environment is always changing based on external threats, internal security posture and the requirements of corporate policy. Organizations should look to vendors that can provide a broad solution that addresses the three key policy areas: define, audit and enforce.”
“We are excited to have been named to Gartner’s ‘Cool Vendor’ listing, and to be included for this prestigious honor,” said Elemental CEO Peter Watkins. “Our market awareness and traction have been outstanding to date, and we believe this is confirmation of our differentiated approach to policy and risk management, which integrates policy-based security compliance with network access controls. The enterprises we sell into greatly value Gartner’s opinion of vendors, so this distinction is significant as we rapidly expand in 2006.”
Elemental provides the world’s only security policy system built from the ground up to make the state and activity of users and computers fully transparent, enabling customers to directly translate their business objectives into specific policies for all users and systems on their networks. Elemental unifies policy management, host configuration, inventory/discovery and role-based access control in one seamlessly integrated offering. Using Elemental, security administrators can easily assess the security posture of machines and networks, and make proactive decisions about managing risk. Security policy and compliance management continue to be top priorities due to increasing frequency and severity of security breaches, and regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process
Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose. Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.
Elemental is an industry leader in enterprise policy and risk management. Using its award-winning Elemental Security Platform (ESP), organizations can directly translate their business objectives into specific policies for all users and systems on their networks. For the first time, enterprises can use a single product to obtain measurable and comprehensive metrics for their security policy needs and compliance requirements. Founded in December 2002, Elemental is a privately held company backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital and Lehman Brothers Venture Partners. Red Herring and AlwaysOn awarded the company their Red Herring 100 and AlwaysOn 100 awards, respectively, which honor the top private companies. Elemental was also named the “Most Innovative” company at the RSA Conference 2006 and a “Private Security Company to Watch” by Red Herring. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., and has offices throughout the U.S.
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