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Your June 2020 XTON Access Manager Newsletter!

The Xton Team made a number of enhancements to the XTAM product. This month we added

  • New Plugin for Ansible
  • New MFA Configuration Page
  • SSH Agent Forwarding
  • Session Recording for SCP File Transfer

Be sure to read our popular articles on Protecting PII and Personal Data During a Pandemic and 10 Questions to ask PAM Vendors. Details on all the XTAM updates are below

XTAM released a new Ansible plugin that can be used to easily integrate XTAM with your Ansible based automation. Now organizations can safely store and manage sensitive credentials in the XTAM Identity Vault and easily share these with automation tools like Ansible. With Ansible, XTAM can be used as a Connection Broker via its built-in SSH Proxy or it can provide a Data Lookup integration, making use of our Lookup Plugin.
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Released this month is a new MFA configuration page to help System Administrators easily add, update or expand XTAM’s integration with their MFA provider of choice. Using the Web GUI, you can now configure a single MFA provider or multiple providers without having to manage it manually in a configuration file.
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The SSH Proxy now adds support for SSH Agent Forwarding. SSH Agent Forwarding enables connecting to the destination server through one or more bastion hosts using the same set of public and private key pair managed by the system vault. The option is particularly helpful for MSP end point access toolkits allowing them to unify access to multiple SSH-based end points in an isolated customer network through the bastion hosts in a secure, zero trust way.
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Beginning this month, XTAM adds the option to save files transferred by scp command (ScpUpload and ScpDownload event types) as well as to record input and output streams of commands executed on remote servers (InputStream and OutputStream events). The recorded events are available on the Session or Global Session Events reports with event metadata (timing, file names, sizes) and the option to download transferred files, input or output streams for review. One of the useful applications of this new option is to capture and record protocol exchange initiated by automation software such as Ansible communicating with SSH end-points using exec or scp commands.
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Proximity Group configuration now includes two new options for selectors; Folder-based and Composite. Folder-based selectors, which were previously limited to Vaults, now allows System Administrators to assign a folder or sub-folder use to a specific Proximity Group for session routing to isolated networks. Composite selectors provides the same session routing capabilities for isolated networks using a combination of vault, IP-range or host mask selectors. This allows Administrators to have more granular control over how session routing is configured.
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Additional XTAM Extensions and Enhancements
Over the past 30 days we have made a number of additional enhancements to XTAM. These include:

  • More easily define minimum and maximum workflow request time or character limits;
  • Expanded keystroke event responses to support mouse clicks and function keys;
  • New option to re-encrypt existing records;
  • New placeholders for email templates; and
  • Updated more pages to support additional table controls like pagination, sorting and export.
Read the Xton blog to stay up to date on all product enhancements.
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