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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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Retina Vulnerability Audits – July 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted July 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

The following is a list of Retina vulnerability audits for this July 2014 Patch Tuesday: MS14-037 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2975687) 34517 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Cumulative Security Update (2975687) MS14-038 - Vulnerability in Windows Journal Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2975689) 34518 – Microsoft Windows Journal (2975789) MS14-039 - Vulnerability in On-Screen Keyboard Could Allow…

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July 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted July 8, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This July Microsoft has released six security bulletins which account for over 29 unique vulnerabilities. The most critical bulletins are MS14-037 (Internet Explorer), MS14-038 (Windows Journal)  and MS14-040 (Windows AFD). MS14-037 starts things off with another massive Internet Explorer update on the heels of MS14-035 from last month. This new Internet Explorer bulletin covers over…

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Getting Least Privilege Right on Windows

Posted June 30, 2014    Morey Haber

Windows doesn’t make least privilege easy Enforcing least-privilege access policies on Windows has never been easy – especially given some fundamental flaws have haunted the OS since the mid-1990s. Consider the following permissions issues: Windows 95 and 98 had a logon screen and could even be joined to the domain, but users could bypass the prompt…

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