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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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PowerBroker for Unix & Linux helps prevent Shellshock

Posted September 25, 2014    Paul Harper

Like many other people who tinker with UNIX and Linux on a regular basis, BASH has always been my shell of choice.  Dating back to the early days moving from Windows to a non-Windows platform, mapping the keys correctly to allow easy navigation and control helped ensure an explosion of use for the shell. Unfortunately,…

Bash “Shellshock” Vulnerability – Retina Updates

Posted September 24, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

A major vulnerability was recently discovered within bash which allows arbitrary command execution via specially crafted environment variables. This is possible due to the fact that bash supports the assignment of shell functions to shell variables. When bash parses environment shell functions, it continues parsing even after the closing brace of the function definition. If…

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7 Reasons Customers Switch to Password Safe for Privileged Password Management

Posted September 24, 2014    Chris Burd

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. With that,…

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