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Restoring/Undeleting a GPO

Posted February 24, 2012    Morgan Holm

Have you ever needed to undelete or rollback a GPO, but realized you forgot to back it up or could not remember what changes were made to it? Well, we have had many customers with the same problem. That’s why BeyondTrust Recovery for Active Directory also supports group policy objects (GPO). When group policies are…

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Oops! Active Directory Recycle Bin Not Enabled

Posted February 24, 2012    Morgan Holm

Just a reminder for all you PowerBroker Auditor users: to recover from accidental changes and deletions, simply find the event with the interactive console and click “Rollback.”

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10 Things You Should Know About PowerBroker Auditor for Active Directory

Posted February 21, 2012    Morgan Holm

Rapid installation and minimal training with no reliance on native auditing tools Unmatched scalability and performance (“Our typical traffic volume is more than 1.5 million events per day and Blackbird has scaled-up effortlessly,” Josh Munn, Senior Systems Administrator, The University of Mississippi Medical Center) Real-time collection and alerting for active directory and group policy changes…

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Active Directory Changes Got You Down?

Posted February 17, 2012    Morgan Holm

When active directory goes down, everyone notices. Users cannot log in, applications become unusable and organizations lose money. Let’s face it, even without malicious events, people still make mistakes. Although recovering from directory outages can be streamlined with point in time and continuous recovery solutions such as PowerBroker Recovery for Active Directory, it’s always less…

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DLP, Insider Threats, File Auditing and Reporting

Posted February 13, 2012    Morgan Holm

The growth of the cloud, virtualization and the consumerization of IT continue to provide companies and end users with more flexibility. However, they also raise some challenges for IT departments. One such challenge that is commonly discussed is data loss prevention (DLP), or the ability to identify, monitor and protect sensitive corporate information.  While some…

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HashDoS Crashes Your New Year’s Eve Party (and your web server)

Posted December 29, 2011    The eEye Research Team

Microsoft made the last few days of 2011 somewhat exciting by releasing an out -of-band patch, the only time all year they’ve deviated from a normal Patch Tuesday distribution. We’ll update this blog with new developments, so keep checking back for new information. So, what’s all the excitement about?

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Looking For A Needle In A Haystack Without Least Privilege

Posted December 7, 2011    Peter McCalister

Ever use the phrase that looking for something was like “finding a needle in a haystack”? If you’ve ever seen (or especially played in) a haystack then you understand the magnitude of that challenge. This also applies to IT security when trying to uncover who or what was able to access confidential information and either steal, damage or delete it altogether.

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You And I: The Not So Obvious Insider Threat

Posted December 6, 2011    Peter McCalister

Remember the scene in Jerry Maguire where he has returned to his office to collect his stuff, after learning he has been let go, and he has a bit of a freak-out on the way out the door, grabbing the goldfish and making bold claims about the company he is going to build that will…

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Black Market For Server Data Is Prevelant And Profitable

Posted December 5, 2011    Peter McCalister

The economy of cyber-crime is all too real—and too enticing. No longer sequestered to dark alleys and seedy bars, data thieves have almost unlimited options to market their ill-gotten wares to potential buyers. What this means to employers and organizations: the temptation to access and “appropriate” sensitive data may be too great for some to resist.

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The Confluence Of Influenza, 0Day Viruses and Least Privilege

Posted December 2, 2011    Peter McCalister

What does influenza, 0day viruses and least privilege have in common you may ask? Besides just being a cool title to get you to read this blog, it turns out that natural mutations, the fear of the unknown and reducing attack surfaces is the short answer. The long answer is best understood by first reading…