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Big Brother May Be Watching Sooner Than You Think

Posted October 26, 2011    Peter McCalister

I recently read an article talking about the US Government wanting to start monitoring regional internet traffic on a large scale as a way to predict human behavior. The article goes on to state this, “…could enable the prediction of economic crises, political unrest and revolutions…” Wow! Good luck with that.

The idea though, I thought was great. Use the data you have available to predict the future needs of the people. Well we at BeyondTrust thought this was a great idea years ago. Just take a look at the profiling and monitoring features in the PowerBroker Windows Desktops solution. With it you can see and easily respond to the barriers companies face when moving towards a Best Privilege model.

Robust Auditing and Reporting is an important component in any endeavor. Without it, how could you measure your kids’ performance in school, be on the same page with your boss at work, or even know if your car is due for an oil change? This is the reasoning behind further enhancements to PowerBroker Windows Desktops. If you haven’t checked it out, do yourself a solid and check it.

Keep an eye out for a future post on additional enhancements. Anything that makes people use words like, “Amazing” and “That is Awesome”, is worth a look.

Special thanks to Jason Silva for the find and contribution of this blog today as well.

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How to Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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