SSH Tectia

Chapter 2 Introduction

SSH Tectia Manager is a security management platform that provides centralized management of the SSH Tectia end-to-end communications security solution. SSH Tectia Manager is designed to reduce the total cost of ownership of large multi-platform environments, and to enable administrators to enforce consistent security policy and to monitor the state of their security environment more efficiently.

The functionality of SSH Tectia Manager can be divided into the following main areas:

The areas of SSH Tectia Manager functionality are covered in more detail in Chapter 3.

SSH Tectia Manager is part of the SSH Tectia governance solution designed to ensure the reliability and security of critical business infrastructures, and to prove the compliance with security regulations to auditors and authority. The SSH Tectia governance products monitor and report on the SSH Tectia and other Secure Shell products on the automation and infrastructure layers, as shown in Figure 2.1.

SSH Tectia Manager position in the SSH Tectia product offering

Figure 2.1. SSH Tectia Manager position in the SSH Tectia product offering

SSH Tectia Manager can be used independently or together with SSH Tectia MFT Auditor. SSH Tectia Manager provides the SSH Tectia software, configuration and server host-key management capabilities, while SSH Tectia MFT Auditor is an efficient tool for file operation monitoring and auditing purposes. When SSH Tectia Manager is combined with SSH Tectia MFT Auditor, together they provide a powerful solution for the management and monitoring of the whole Secure Shell environment and for gathering intelligence about SFTP file operations on the monitored hosts.

SSH Tectia Manager is based on a client/server architecture. The main components of are a Management Server and several Management Agents. The Management Server is running on a machine of its own, while the Management Agents are installed on the managed hosts. The centralized Management Server stores data on the environment where the SSH Tectia solution is running, and it handles the management communications to and from the managed hosts. The administrator manages the environment via a web-based administration interface. To share the load of the Management Server, local Distribution Servers can be deployed to facilitate the management of very large environments. The components of SSH Tectia Manager are described in more detail in System Components.

Figure 2.2 shows the main components of the SSH Tectia Manager system.

Components of the SSH Tectia Manager system

Figure 2.2. Components of the SSH Tectia Manager system