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Vulnerability Expert Forum Highlights: April 2014

We had a great turnout for last week’s April 2014 Vulnerability Expert Forum (VEF) webcast. BeyondTrust Research experts, Carter and DJ, provided in-depth knowledge about the latest vulnerabilities and their potential impacts on network environments. Below are highlights from the Forum, plus an on-demand video of the presentation. Latest critical vulnerabilities, vendor patches, and zero-day…

Post by Chris Burd April 16, 2014
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Understanding Who Has Access to What with BeyondInsight v5.1

Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to BeyondInsight version 5.1, the latest release of our IT Risk Management platform, which unifies several of our solutions for Privileged Account Management and Vulnerability Management. BeyondInsight v5.1 embodies BeyondTrust’s mission to give our customers the visibility they need to make smart decisions and reduce risk to their…

Post by Morey Haber April 15, 2014
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PowerBroker for Unix & Linux Now Available via Web Services

This week BeyondTrust released a fully functional Web Services interface (REST API) for its PowerBroker for Unix & Linux product.  With this new feature users of the solution will now be able to remotely and securely configure and retrieve data via the API.  The Web Services interface implemented by BeyondTrust is an industry standard that…

Post by Paul Harper April 10, 2014
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Heartbleed – When OpenSSL Breaks Your Heart

You’ve likely heard about the recent OpenSSL vulnerability, CVE-2014-0160, dubbed Heartbleed. The main takeaway of this vulnerability is that attackers can use this to obtain things like secret keys used for X.509 certificates, user names and passwords, instant messages, emails, and other highly sensitive information. For a technical analysis of the bug, check out this…

Post by BeyondTrust Research Team April 8, 2014
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April 2014 Patch Tuesday

April’s Patch Tuesday brings four patches to us, fixing Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, Windows file handling, and Microsoft Publisher. It also brings us the final patches for Windows XP and Office 2003. MS14-017 fixes a zero-day vulnerability, CVE-2014-1761, in Microsoft Word that has been exploited in the wild. The vulnerability has to do with handling…

Post by BeyondTrust Research Team April 8, 2014
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How Active Directory Can Reduce Threats to Your Business

Chances are you’re running Microsoft Active Directory and utilizing its built-in safeguards. However, even with native AD protections, your operations might still be jeopardized by unintentional or malicious actions. Here are two ways to augment Active Directory’s onboard auditing capabilities and keep your business up and running to its maximum potential: 1. Ensure Security and…

Post by Gail Ferreira April 7, 2014
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Evolving Privileged Account Management for Maximum Operational Efficiency

We all want to make our lives easier, but how much privilege management is enough? At BeyondTrust, we see more and more organizations looking to simplify the tool sets used to manage their internal security and compliance environments. Historically, many organizations purchased privilege management solutions to address specific audit findings or challenges in isolation. This…

Post by Gail Ferreira April 2, 2014
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Seizing Windows of Opportunity for Vulnerability Assessment

The change control process for many organizations dictates that vulnerability assessment scanning can only occur during predefined scan windows. During these times, teams are notified that an assessment will be conducted and that alerts from IDS/IPS sensors, SIEMS, and local AV agents should be ignored or whitelisted from the scanners. This is a very typical…

Post by Morey Haber April 1, 2014
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The Growing Government Interest in Cyber R&D

Both US and International governments have been shifting their focus to the research and development of technology to protect critical cyber assets. At the recent AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, cyber security was one of the main topics covered by keynote speakers and exhibitors. We’ve compiled some of the latest endeavors taking place on behalf of…

Post by BeyondTrust Software March 26, 2014
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Microsoft Word Zeroday – Set to expire?

Researchers at Google have notified Microsoft of a new Word zeroday vulnerability. This attack is currently being leveraged in the wild to target systems running Microsoft Word 2010. The attack can be successful simply by a user opening a maliciously crafted RTF file within Microsoft Word. The full extent of the breaches caused by this…

Post by BeyondTrust Research Team March 25, 2014
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