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AppLocker + Least Privilege = Magic

Posted October 24, 2011    Peter McCalister

Writing blogs at 2am sometimes, has me asking myself dumb questions like “should I use a mathematics or a magician’s metaphor to kick off todays blog?” Answering myself sometimes generates inspiration and sometimes just means the lazy way out, like today when I chose both.

By now you’ve come to realize that there isn’t a singe magic phrase, silver bullet or individual solution to mitigate insider threats across your enterprise.

AppLocker, a Windows 7 management feature, is a Group Policy extension that evolved from Software Restriction Policies, to restrict which applications can run on end points in a corporate network. The method of controlling application execution with AppLocker is performed by creating either a “black list” or “white list” of applications.

Applications that are on an AppLocker black list are blocked from executing, whereas applications on an AppLocker white list are allowed to run. Typically, organizations choose to implement either a white list approach or a black list approach, with the white list approach being most common. However, implementing application control policies with AppLocker does not negate the need to remove administrator privileges from users.

You may be interested in a new white paper that examines the pros and cons of AppLocker, and illustrates how using AppLocker alone as a solution for Least Privilege is not be enough to protect your enterprise. However, integrating AppLocker with BeyondTrust PowerBroker Desktops enables users to run with standard user rights, while simultaneously providing them the access they need to perform their job. This equates to a perfect complement of solutions to achieve least privilege.

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Failing the Security Basics: Backoff Point-of-Sale Malware

Posted August 22, 2014    Marc Maiffret

At the beginning of this month, US-CERT issued a security alert relating to a string of breaches that had been targeting Point of Sale (POS) systems. The alert details that attackers were leveraging brute forcing tools to target common remote desktop applications such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Splashtop and LogMeIn among others….

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Troubleshooting Windows Privilege Management Rules with Policy Monitor

Posted August 21, 2014    Jason Silva

When defining and testing PowerBroker for Windows rules for production or pilots, customers sometimes tell us, “I don’t think this policy / program is working.” This is usually a case of the policy not properly triggering because of the way the rule was created. A unique feature of PowerBroker for Windows compared to other solutions is a client-side…

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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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