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Comparing Active Directory Auditing Solutions? Here are 7 Things You Can’t Afford to Overlook

Posted May 15, 2014    Gail Ferreira

If you’re responsible for your organization’s Active Directory environment, you probably know how time-consuming it can be to audit and recover AD changes. Maybe there was a particular incident where manually tracking down an errant change and putting things back in order involved too much blood, sweat and tears – or maybe you’ve simply spent…

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Managing Rules the Easy Way with PowerBroker for Windows Collections

Posted April 25, 2014    Morey Haber

One of the least-known secrets about PowerBroker for Windows is the ability to create logical groups of rules, or “collections.” Rules automate the actions taken by PowerBroker to enforce system and application access policies on Windows servers and desktops. In addition to making it easy to manage rules, collections enable you to enforce parent rules…

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PowerBroker for Unix & Linux Now Available via Web Services

Posted April 10, 2014    Paul Harper

This week BeyondTrust released a fully functional Web Services interface (REST API) for its PowerBroker for Unix & Linux product.  With this new feature users of the solution will now be able to remotely and securely configure and retrieve data via the API.  The Web Services interface implemented by BeyondTrust is an industry standard that…

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How Active Directory Can Reduce Threats to Your Business

Posted April 7, 2014    Gail Ferreira

Chances are you’re running Microsoft Active Directory and utilizing its built-in safeguards. However, even with native AD protections, your operations might still be jeopardized by unintentional or malicious actions. Here are two ways to augment Active Directory’s onboard auditing capabilities and keep your business up and running to its maximum potential: 1. Ensure Security and…

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Evolving Privileged Account Management for Maximum Operational Efficiency

Posted April 2, 2014    Gail Ferreira

We all want to make our lives easier, but how much privilege management is enough? At BeyondTrust, we see more and more organizations looking to simplify the tool sets used to manage their internal security and compliance environments. Historically, many organizations purchased privilege management solutions to address specific audit findings or challenges in isolation. This…

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Auditing Privileged Access on Windows

Posted March 20, 2014    Morey Haber

When a user is given privileged access to a Windows host, they gain access to a wide variety of tools to control the system. Everything from the GUI and Start Menu to PowerShell and command line allow system alteration and software installation. In truly secure world, no end users would have administrative privileges. However, we…

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The Best Vulnerability Management Reporting and Analytics

Posted March 13, 2014    Morey Haber

The number one reason why our customers choose BeyondTrust for enterprise vulnerability management is simple: The BeyondInsight Reporting and Analytics capabilities included with Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management exceed the capabilities of every single competitor combined. Retina CS with BeyondInsight is the only vulnerability management solution that ships with an integrated, structured big data warehouse…

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Introducing Vulnerability-Based Application Management™ (VBAM)

Posted March 3, 2014    Morey Haber

RSA Conference 2014 saw the birth of a new acronym at the BeyondTrust booth: “VBAM” – otherwise known as Vulnerability-Based Application Management™. This patent-pending technology enforces least-privilege access based on an application’s known vulnerabilities, as well as their age, potential risk, and impact on regulatory compliance initiatives – and is currently included in the PowerBroker…

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Going Beyond SCAP for Benchmark Compliance

Posted February 24, 2014    Morey Haber

SCAP configuration compliance assessments, commonly referred to as “Benchmark” assessments, are traditionally cumbersome tasks when multiple benchmarks have to be tested against multiple targets at the same time. For the vast majority of SCAP-certified tools, this means executing one benchmark at a time against a valid host(s) and reviewing the results. The same targets often…

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BeyondInsight: Privilege and Vulnerability Management Unification

Posted February 18, 2014    Morey Haber

Fifteen years ago there was a revolution in information technology operations. Different teams that managed networks and systems merged their practices and technology under frameworks like Computer Associates Unicenter and IBM Tivoli. Today, these solutions have evolved to CA Spectrum, SolarWinds, and SpiceWorks. These are all fantastic technologies that have proven that the fusion of…

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