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3 Steps to Good Governance with Privilege Identity Management

Posted December 17, 2010    Peter McCalister

“keep on trying until you are successful” is so much easier to read then this last offering for t-shirt slogan week.  And very apropros to the theme of corporate governance.  I also want to thank ThinkGeek.com for the inspiration for this week’s blog themes.

Managing and auditing corporate governance initiatives is an often overlooked area for executives and Information Technology (IT) professionals. Reading any one of the thousands of business books that describe successful companies, you will uncover that it was their ability to react and pro-act to market changes at an enterprise level that allowed them to exceed market or competitive norms.  Likewise, in those same books you will find examples of failed companies who’s IT infrastructure actually prevented or inhibited their ability to enforce change across all employees.

Audits for compliance are typically required, but extending this practice to real-time governance can be the difference between success and failure for companies in today’s ever-changing market climates.  Making changes in who has privilege to do what on specific IT resources (servers, desktops, network devices, virtual & cloud environments) should be as simple as making a central policy change and having that propagated and enforced in real time across the extended enterprise.  Implementing a privilege identity management solution is the best first step in establishing this real-time corporate governance.

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BeyondTrust Webcast: Darren Mar-Elia’s 4 Active Directory Change Scenarios to Track

Posted August 20, 2014    Chris Burd

In our latest webcast, we joined Darren Mar-Elia, CTO at SDM Software, to discuss best practices for Active Directory (AD) change management. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation, followed by a link to a full-length video of the presentation. Mar-Elia kicks things off with a critical insight: that the best AD change management…

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New IT Security Best Practices for Maintaining “Business as Usual” Despite Evolving Threats

Posted August 13, 2014    Morey Haber

It’s time to get back to business. Here in the U.S., summer vacations are wrapping up and businesses are looking forward to closing out 2014. Over the past year, we’ve seen several incidents that warrant changes in the ways consumers make purchases and businesses conduct transactions. Consider last week’s theft of a whopping 1.2 billion…

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Retina Vulnerability Audits – August 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted August 12, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

The following is a list of Retina vulnerability audits for this August 2014 Patch Tuesday: MS14-043 - Vulnerability in Windows Media Center Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2978742) 34924 – Microsoft WMC Remote Code Execution (2978742) MS14-044 - Vulnerabilities in SQL Server Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2984340) 34915 – Microsoft SQL Server Multiple Vulnerabilities (2984340) – 2008 34916 –…