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Managing Shared Accounts for Privileged Users: 5 Best Practices for Achieving Control and Accountability

Posted November 20, 2014    Scott Lang

How do organizations ensure accountability of shared privileged accounts to meet compliance and security requirements without impacting administrator productivity? Consider these five best practices…

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Why MAS Compliance is Still a Real MUST

Posted November 12, 2014    Morey Haber

As reported in our blog earlier this year MAS guidelines are set to change the way financial institutions conduct business in Singapore. Now, nearly four months past the compliance date of July 2014, we are revisiting the guidelines that surround the regulations. Non-compliance was said to result in the following implications for financial institutions: Financial…

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November 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted November 11, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month brings a massive number of bulletins and vulnerabilities covering a wide array of Microsoft products. As with most months some of the more critical vulnerabilities to patch immediately are within Internet Explorer and kernel privilege escalation vulnerabilities. There are also a lot of other unique vulnerabilities that will vary on criticality depending on…

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Mitigating the Risks of Privilege-based Attacks

In Federal Agencies, Access is a Privilege – Compliance is a Must

Posted November 6, 2014    Chris Burd

Faster than you can say “Edward Snowden,” U.S. government agencies have begun looking critically at their policies and practices regarding user and administrator privileges. At the same time, the current regulatory environment is more than stringent and complex enough – with sufficiently severe penalties for noncompliance – to create anxiety and urgency for IT teams,…

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Introducing BeyondInsight v5.3: Delivering New Levels of Threat Analytics

Posted November 4, 2014    Morey Haber

Today, we’re excited to announce new releases of both our Retina vulnerability assessment technology and the BeyondInsight risk management platform. Here’s a brief overview of what’s new in BeyondInsight. With the release of BeyondInsight v5.3, BeyondTrust solutions that come equipped with the centralized BeyondInsight management, analytics and reporting console now benefit from several additional platform…

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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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Application Control without the Headaches: The PowerBroker for Windows Difference

Posted October 7, 2014    Morey Haber

Application control solutions reduce IT risk by regulating which programs can be launched on desktops, servers and other assets. For instance, application control can help to prevent malware infections and minimize subsequent damage if a malware infection occurs. IT and security leaders have several technology alternatives to consider when seeking to implement application control in their…

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Keeping Track of Shellshock Vulnerabilities with Retina CS and BeyondInsight

Posted October 2, 2014    Jerome Diggs

Worried about BASH Shellshock? Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management can scan your environment to identify applications affected by Shellshock. BeyondTrust has generated several Retina vulnerability audits to help our customers identify the various permutations of applications affected by Shellshock. The BeyondInsight Analytics and Reporting engine, included with Retina CS, makes it simple to view and…

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PowerBroker for Unix & Linux helps prevent Shellshock

Posted September 25, 2014    Paul Harper

Like many other people who tinker with UNIX and Linux on a regular basis, BASH has always been my shell of choice.  Dating back to the early days moving from Windows to a non-Windows platform, mapping the keys correctly to allow easy navigation and control helped ensure an explosion of use for the shell. Unfortunately,…

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Bash “Shellshock” Vulnerability – Retina Updates

Posted September 24, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

A major vulnerability was recently discovered within bash which allows arbitrary command execution via specially crafted environment variables. This is possible due to the fact that bash supports the assignment of shell functions to shell variables. When bash parses environment shell functions, it continues parsing even after the closing brace of the function definition. If…