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Alleviate Regulatory Compliance Strains on IT Pros

Posted June 19, 2012    Peter McCalister

As regulations continue to evolve and audits become even more comprehensive, many organizations are resource- strained trying to comply with critical government regulations. The reality is these regulations are unforgiving and non-compliance results in penalties, lost business and other indirect costs. A centralized solution to manage compliance provides a more actionable intelligence to available manpower without losing sight of broader IT security protections.

IT departments can waste a significant amount of time trying to manually prepare compliance audits and reports to management. In a recent poll by eEye Security, more than 85 percent of IT pros are impacted by regulatory compliance and industry standards including ISO, PCI, DSS, and HIPAA. The report further shows efficiently managing this takes up to 50 percent of their work week. Put into perspective, that is entirely too much time where efforts could be focused on actually reducing the threat landscape, rather than reporting on it.

To combat the vast economic ramifications of cybercrime, new regulatory mandate such as FISMA and FedRAMP for the cloud, require continuous monitoring and reporting of security processes. This order is a truly critical point to make to organizations in light of a continuously changing threat lanscape. Raising the wall against their malicious counterparts has to happen. This trend is only going to compound as time goes on, however there are ways to manage this without companies having to spend more.

Implementing strategic solutions that simplify this regulatory maze is invaluable to IT pros trying to maintain a tight perimeter around their organizations. Automated processes for compliance management for corporate policies, government regulations, and industry standards, keeps organizations up-to-date with changes to regulatory controls and newly discovered vulnerabilities. IT departments can now navigate through the regulatory landscape with all the information compiled into a dashboard, instead of the time straining task of extracting the raw data manually. Daily compliance can be timely, repeatable, and more importantly actionable when compliance violations arise.

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Best Practices for Managing Domain Admin Accounts

Posted August 3, 2015    Russell Smith

The risks of using privileged domain accounts on devices that are not secured to the same level as DCs increases the chances that domain administrator credentials could be exposed. Windows caches credentials by default to authenticate users when a domain controller can’t be reached, including those of domain administrator accounts that have previously logged in to a device. As such, a compromised workstation or member server can also lead to stolen domain administrator credentials.

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PowerBroker for Mac: A Least-Privileged Apple a Day…

Posted July 27, 2015    Jason Silva

BeyondTrust PowerBroker for Mac reduces the risk of privilege misuse by enabling standard users on Mac OS X to perform administrative tasks successfully without entering elevated credentials.

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On Demand Webinar – Now is the time for Privileged Account Management

Posted July 24, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

In this webinar, SANS Instructor and Founder of Voodoo Security, Dave Shackleford, will revisit several hacking and breach scenarios that involved privileged accounts, and use these as examples while discussing tools and tactics to get this problem under control once and for all.

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