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2 Reasons Not To Build New Cloud Security Infrastructure

Posted August 25, 2011    Peter McCalister

Last week I talked about the challenges of managing privileged identities in the cloud. As I have highlighted in an earlier post the recent report by the Ponemon Institute on the Security of Cloud Computing Providers shows that when it comes to security cloud providers are “least confident in their ability to restrict privileged user access to sensitive data”.

Today , we are helping our customers extend their existing insider security infrastructure, policies and compliance reporting to their private, public and hybrid clouds. Why extend what they have and not build a new cloud security infrastructure? Well I hear 2 primary reasons from customers.
First, It just works. Our primary datacenter infrastructure products PowerBroker for Servers, PowerBroker Database Monitor and Audit and PowerBroker Identity Services all have flexible architectures that allow them to be readily deployed in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. It’s all a matter of proper configuration of the networking to fit the difference in the clouds and to assure secure connections between the components and the infrastructure they are monitoring.

But the real benefit of extending their existing insider security infrastructure, policies and compliance reporting is it’s a tool that know . The systems engineering and admin teams know how to operate and maintain it. And perhaps more importantly the audit and compliance people have built their processes around it. Both groups have enough new things to learn in a move to the cloud, so why not reduce the barriers. Call us – we have helped many customers with cloud deployments and want to help more.

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The “insider” threat. Is it real, or is it being blown out of proportion?

Posted March 4, 2015    G. Mark Hardy

A lot depends on whether or not you’ve been compromised. And therein lies the problem. Cyber threats are often ignored until they cause some damage, at which point management looks for people to blame and gives all kinds of attention to fixing the problem – until the next crisis in accounting or warehousing or staffing comes along.

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Webinar March 4th: Recreating the Carbanak Breach & Techniques for Mitigating Similar Attacks

Posted March 3, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

Join BeyondTrust Research and Development team for an in-depth live webinar that will explore the attack vectors used in the Carbanak Bank Breach and share successful mitigation techniques needed to prevent this type of attack.

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How to Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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