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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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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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