November 18, 2011, New York, NY – Blackbird Group, Inc. today announced that its Blackbird Management Suite received, for the second year in a row, the gold award for the “2011 Editor’s Best Awards” in the Best Active Directory and Group Policy Product category by Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro® magazine.

“Blackbird Auditor for Active Directory offers real-time visibility into Active Directory, monitoring and alerts you when changes are made,” said Penton Media Editor, Caroline Marwitz. “As important, it’s an AD solution that will actually be used, as it’s simple, affordable, and integrates with Windows native tools.”

“The 2011 Editors’ Best Awards is presented as part of our 2011 Community Choice Awards, and recognizes our editors’ and contributors’ favorite products of the year,” said Jason Bovberg, senior editor at Windows IT Pro. “We select winners based on a product’s strategic importance in the market, its competitive advantages, and its value to the customer. Our winners should be extremely proud of this recognition.”

“We are thrilled to receive this award from the editors at Windows IT Pro,” said Blackbird CEO, Christian Ehrenthal. “This confirms for us that, in an award category formerly dominated by Quest Software, our approach to solving the problems of Windows auditing, data governance and compliance is paying off for our customers and the market.”

The Blackbird Management Suite helps enterprises deal effectively with internal security initiatives and regulatory compliance requirements. It guides IT administrators through the entire identity and access lifecycle, consolidating tasks into a single easy-to-use console. It’s unique integrated approach, which now includes Microsoft Azure cloud support, simplifies real-time auditing, compliance reporting, continuous recovery, Windows event management, and access entitlement management.