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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 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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