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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hello World - We are Paramount Defenses


Hello World,

I'm Sanjay Tandon, CEO of Paramount Defenses, and formerly, Microsoft Program Manager for Active Directory Security.

It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to our blog and our website, and introduce ourselves to you.



From the White House to the entire U.S. Government, and from the $ Trillion Microsoft (MSFT) to the global Fortune 1000, at the very foundation of cyber security of 85% of all organizations worldwide lies a single technology - Active Directory.


At these organizations, the entirety of an organization's (employee, executive and privileged) user accounts, passwords, computers and groups used to protect all their IT assets, are all stored, managed and secured in their Active Directory.


In essence, today Active Directory is the very heart and bedrock of organizational cyber security worldwide, including at virtually all national security agencies, financial institutions, cloud computing companies and cyber security companies.


For instance, at the very foundation of the DoD, CIA, NSA, FBI, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Symantec, McAfee, Cisco, IBM, VMWare, Palantir, Tanium, CrowdStrike, FireEye etc. lies Active Directory.



Oh, and, that's just here in the United States of America. As you may also know, there are 195 countries in the world today.


In short, from Seattle to New York and London to Sydney, virtually the entire world operates on Active Directory today.



By now, you're probably wondering what any of this has to do with 
Paramount Defenses, so allow me to complete the picture for you -



In addition to being the foundation of an organization's cyber security, Active Directory is also the very heart of privileged access, for the vast majority of all privileged access, including the Keys to the Kingdom, all resides in Active Directory.


Consequently, an organization's foundational Active Directory is also the heart of IT management, privileged access management, privileged account discovery, identity and access management and governance, risk and compliance.



In short, Active Directory plays a mission-critical role in business, and its security is paramount; should an organization's Active Directory be compromised, it would be tantamount to a complete compromise, and result in a colossal breach.


Now, it turns out that there's an ocean of privileged access inside every organization's Active Directory, protecting every single organizational user account, password, computer account, group etc., and the most critical and difficult part in securing Active Directory involves accurately identifying exactly who has what privileged access in Active Directory.


In fact it is so difficult a problem that while there are a 1000+ cyber security companies in the world today, not one of them can help organizations accurately identify exactly who has what privileged access in Active Directory. Not a single one.


We happen to be the only company on planet Earth that possesses the unique and paramount cyber security capability of being able to accurately assess privileged access provisioned in Active Directory, and we can do so at a button's touch.


Today, not a single organization that operates on Active Directory can be adequately secured without possessing the capability to accurately assess privileged access in Active Directory, and our patented technology governs that process.



For instance, if you wanted to know who can reset any organization's CEO's or CISOs password, change their all powerful Domain Admins privileged group's membership, disable MFA, replicate secrets from their Active Directory to instantly compromise everyone's passwords, apply a single group policy to compromise thousands of their computers etc., we're the only company on planet Earth that can accurately provide such fundamental yet paramount cyber security insights.


In short, we can uniquely find out exactly who has the keys to every single digital door in every organization in the world, and thus we can uniquely enable 85% of organizations worldwide to accurately identify and lockdown privileged access.


Now, if you consider the fact that 100% of all major recent cyber security breaches, including JP Morgan, Target, Snowden, Sony Hack, OPM Breach, Anthem, Avast etc., involved the compromise and misuse of just one unidentified, inadequately protected, rogue or compromised Active Directory privileged user account, you'll know why accuracy is paramount.


Over the last decade, we've helped some of the world's most powerful and important organizations, including the U.S. Government, the British Government, the Canadian Government, the Saudi Arabian Government, the United Nations, Microsoft, IBM, BP, Nestle and so many others adequately secure and defend their foundational Active Directory.



Today, I just wanted to introduce Paramount Defenses to you. Starting Jan 06, 2020, we'll start sharing our insights.


Thanks for stopping by. You're invited to learn more about our unique insights, solutions, products and innovations.

Best wishes,
Sanjay.

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