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Big Surprise: Cost of Data Breaches Up; Are you Doing the *Right* Things to Mitigate the Costs?

Posted May 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Ponemon Institute Cost of Data Breach Study – costs are going up – to the tune of a 23% increase in total costs of data breaches, and a 12% increase in per-record cost since 2013. Are you doing the right things to mitigate costs?

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The tip of the IRS data breach – and it IS an iceberg

Posted May 27, 2015    Morey Haber

The IRS has been warned for decades about their security best practices. And now, at least 100,000 Americans have had their records compromised. How? The IRS uses a service called “Get Transcript”.

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Tales from the Datacenter: Vulnerability Management Nightmares

Posted May 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Vulnerability scanning, threat management, risk analysis, patching, and configuration management are some of the major activities usually associated with vulnerability management, and none of these are new…so why are we failing so badly at many of them?

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Don’t Create a Different sudoers File for Each System

Posted May 20, 2015    Randy Franklin Smith

What if you have multiple Linux and/or Unix systems? Sudo management can become onerous and unwieldy if you try to manage a different sudoers file on each system. The good news is that sudo supports multiple systems.

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What Does Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution Really Do?

Posted May 19, 2015    Morey Haber

LAPS is a feature that allows the randomization of local administrator accounts across the domain. Although it would seem that this capability overlaps with features in BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker Password Safe (PBPS), the reality is it is more suited for simple use cases such as changing the local Windows admin account and not much more.

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On Demand Webinar: Securing Windows Server with Security Compliance Manager

Posted May 14, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

On Demand Webinar: Security Expert Russell Smith, explains how to use Microsoft’s free Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to create and deploy your own security baselines, including user and computer authentication settings.

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May 2015 Patch Tuesday

Posted May 13, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month’s Patch Tuesday is massive, to say the least, with a total of 13 bulletins, affecting many products and all versions of Windows. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that the upcoming Windows 10 will not follow the typical Patch Tuesday cycle and updates will be provided when they become available.

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On Demand Webinar: Have electronic health records made America more vulnerable?

Posted May 7, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

On Demand Webinar: Our latest webinar featured Dr. Mansur Hasib, CISSP, PMP, CPHIMS, in a discussion on electronic health records and the modern cyber criminal. Electronic health records are far more valuable to the modern cyber criminal. For the hacker, they fetch more value over a much longer period of time. For the victim – many who are still children — the repercussions could last decades!

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Death, Taxes and Malware: BeyondInsight 5.5 Adds Malware Analysis

Posted May 6, 2015    Chris Burd

Death, Taxes and Malware: BeyondInsight 5.5 Adds Malware Analysis. BeyondTrust combats advanced persistent threats with new capabilities in BeyondInsight IT Risk Management Console. BeyondInsight Clarity threat analytics capability incorporates malware analysis to identify APTs and other hidden threats.

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8 Reasons Customers Switch to Password Safe for Privileged Password Management

Posted May 5, 2015    Scott Lang

It’s clear that privileged password management tools are essential for keeping mission-critical data, servers and assets safe and secure. However, as I discussed in my previous post, there are several pitfalls to look out for when deploying a privileged password management solution. At this point, you may be wondering how BeyondTrust stacks up.

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