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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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Least Privilege on Windows Desktops and Servers

Posted February 13, 2014    Morey Haber

We have all seen the news. Least privilege attacks on the NSA and companies like Target have lead to elevated privileges on sensitive systems and access to confidential data. Securing administrative privileges on desktops and servers is beginning to take center stage for many organizations since low level entry points are now being used to…

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Greylisting Applications with PowerBroker for Windows Risk Compliance

Posted February 10, 2014    Morey Haber

PowerBroker for Windows is designed to elevate privileges on an application based on rules. It does so using technology that does not alter the user but rather the security token for the application at runtime. The results allow a standard user to launch and interact with an application that requires administrative privileges, without changing the…

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BeyondInsight Reports: All The Difference In The World

Posted February 7, 2014    Morey Haber

Last week, we announced the release of the BeyondInsight IT Risk Management Platform, which provides a central environment for managing several of our PowerBroker Privileged Account Management and Retina Vulnerability Management solutions. A quick look at the BeyondInsight Analytics and Reporting module uncovers a startling revelation for our competitors and a hidden gem for our…

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