With new breakthroughs from Microsoft and other key manufacturers, the IT industry is developing at a dizzying pace. New technologies like cloud, mobile, social media, big data, and other emerging ones are increasing security exposure and threats as they proliferate. The conventional IT infrastructure has grown too complex, and administrators are finding it difficult to keep up with the shifting security exposures and complexity. The core of your organization is Active Directory (AD) and Azure AD. In 90% of firms, these systems serve as the repository for all permissions and credentials for all assets as well as the crucial authentication and permissions needed to maintain user productivity and business operations. The lion’s share of enterprises do not properly protect it; leaving the keys to the digital kingdom within reach of many threats (inside and outside). CionSystems provides an award-winning comprehensive solution for enterprise identity, access, and authentication solutions for any public or private cloud and enterprises of all sizes to address these challenges.
CionSystems was started by veteran Microsoft software architects and other industry experts with years of building, releasing to market, implementing, and deploying proven IT products and solutions. CionSystems has created an array of turnkey identity, access, and authentication solutions for the IT environment that supports Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, and Active Directory (AD) and other non-Microsoft LDAP/Directory, OpenLDAP, Linux, Google, Salesforce, IaaS clouds, and SaaS applications. With a focus on automated provisioning and de-provisioning, access control, multifactor authentication for application and server logins, attestation, workflows, delegation, simplified management, disaster recovery, group policy management, web application identity APIs, password management, security, monitoring, reporting, management, analysis, diagnostics, and auditing, the solutions deliver a simple systems management application suite. With the help of CionSystems’ solutions, companies can manage security for their enterprise and public or private cloud systems, apps, and data effectively, efficiently, and affordably.
“If native toolsets were capable of protecting your enterprise, “virtually all” significant ransomware attacks would not be started with a security weakness in the victim’s Active Directory platform in the first place.”
The idea that businesses relying only on native AD tools have no means to track changes made to their AD servers in real time is alarming. It is impossible to emphasize the risk that this presents to the company. These businesses are unaware that attackers have been in the network for months, slowly moving down a ransomware kill chain, until the breach—which might be extremely damaging—occurs. Critical AD components were present in the bulk of the most notable breaches to date, including those involving Solarwinds, Log4J, Colonial Pipeline, and Kaseya (to name but a few).
The C-suite and IT teams are becoming aware that Active Directory, which encloses the entire organization, is a crucial attack surface with a sizable surface area. Over time, it is anticipated that these problems will worsen and spread. The AD Guardian from CionSystems is dedicated to helping businesses safeguard the codes to their digital realm and avert crises.
“CionSystems’ award winning AD Guardian product has hardened and protected AD for decades, underpinning the award winning and most comprehensive AD solution on the market” that provides:
Active Directory Security – Active Directory is secured and you have now protected the keys to the kingdom
- Active Directory holds your most sensitive data (identities) – it needs to be secured or you could be on track for a very damaging enterprise breach
- Enterprises have no excuse for not monitoring changes to AD in real time…
- Catch ransomware predators on your network early (before climbing the kill-chain)
- AD Guardian ensures best practice for all AD issues & vulnerabilities. Get recognition for solving a huge enterprise vulnerability risk before it sinks the ship
Active Directory Insured – Saves the enterprise in a fraction of the time during an AD related breach (which most are)
- A recent survey found on average that enterprise downtime cost c.US$1m per minute
- This excludes the uncapped reputational risk, which is likely even more damaging
- AD Guardian can reduce downtime from weeks/months -> minutes
- Maersk is a good example of a near miss…
- AD Guardian – Disaster Recovery is the ultimate insurance policy against a breach involving Active Directory
Productivity Gains – IT team can focus on important tasks – not resetting passwords (saving thousands of hours)
- Managing AD is stressful, AD Guardian can reduce callouts & tickets and reduce team stress / burnout
- Hundreds – thousands of IT team hours saved per year doing low value and repetitive tasks (password changes etc)
- Free up more time and resource to focus on the high value IT security tasks
- Lower risk of threats being missed
- AD Guardian typically pays for itself with these upsides alone…
Meet the Visionary
Zubair Ansari, founder and CEO of CionSystems, was started by Zubair Ansari, who is also in charge of determining the organization’s technological course. Zubair worked in the software industry for over 25 years, managing teams and releasing a number of extremely popular operating systems and solutions. He is knowledgeable about identity, access control, authentication, federation, claims-based access and authentication, networking, internet services, security, security protocols, high availability, highly scalable solutions, file and printer sharing, operating systems, and a variety of cloud and storage technologies. Zubair was crucial in improving and adding resolutions to important circumstances, which helped Microsoft expand their high-availability products. The University of Idaho awarded Zubair a Bachelor of Computer Science degree.
According to Zubair, technology is developing at a breakneck pace, and all the major corporations, including Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, Amazon, and others, are releasing a slew of new corporate products and services that will steadily bring about significant changes to enterprise computing. We anticipated that in 2007, trends in the cloud, big data, BYOD, mobility, and other areas of development would take off swiftly, leaving businesses with brand-new, significant problems to address. These issues will be significantly impacted by security, and current solutions do not adequately satisfy the requirements of cloud, mobility, BYOD, and now IoT. He states, “We are proven right as the new data indicates that Active Directory is the number one target of hackers now. If Active Directory is not secured, then nothing in the enterprise is secured.”
With a mission to make identity, access, and authentication simple and safe for any type of cloud and company, Zubair and his team founded CionSystems. The company’s founders all have considerable backgrounds in the security industry. For the past 35 years, they have designed, produced, and released a number of successful goods. The benefit of identity, access, and authentication is that they are vertically agnostic (Active Directory on Microsoft platforms, OpenLDAP on non-Microsoft platforms). The primary goal was thus to create solutions that were scalable across multiple verticals.He also shares “Word “Cion” symbolizes young plant. This word reflects who we are. The company name is a perfect fit as we are a young and growing company with a vision to make identity, access, and authentication easy and secure for emerging technologies like cloud, mobility, BYOD, big data, and IoT. Additionally, it has very attractive tone to it.”
Awards for offering Exceptional
CionSystems has the most comprehensive solution in the market. Its products have won many awards for example
- “Most comprehensive Active Directory Security Solution”, Winner of Global Infosec awards 2022
- “Top 10 cybersecurity Experts, 2021” Zubair Ansari of CionSystems, from Cyber Defense Magazine
- “2021 Infosec awards – for “Best Product Access control and authentication”
- “2021 infosec awards – for “Next-Generation Active Directory Security”
- “2020 Editor Choice – Identity, Access and Authentication (multi-factor Authentication)” from Cyber Defense Magazine
- Gartner IAM leadership “magic quadrant”
- Gartner password management and self-service
- Gartner Access Control
- Gartner Active Directory management and security
- Kuppingercole – XACML Access Control emerging solution
Reasons for being Top in the Market
CionSystems’ products are more functional than any other vendor’s complex heavy duty enterprise offering in this market because they are simple to use, dependable, and expandable. Their product adds no management overhead costs while effectively solving the enterprise problem because it does not require any specialized training. Its ability to differentiate itself from competitors and provide a true web-based solution that can be used safely from any system, anywhere in the world, is critical to its success. They are constructed on safe platforms. Before any value is realized in manufacturing, many of the solutions in this market require substantial consulting and customization. The installation of CionSystems solutions took less than an hour, and the first day of use yielded a return on investment.
In the Coming years
In the fields of identity, access, and authentication, CionSystems is a pioneer. According to Zubair, it will develop further while also effectively addressing the fresh IOT security issues. The company is focusing on solutions for integrating, controlling, and safeguarding all “connected” devices inside and outside of the corporation from a single location.