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Confessions of an Informed IT Director

Posted April 8, 2011    Peter McCalister

Hi, my name is Barney, I’m an IT Director at a multi-national telecommunications company and it’s been 2 years, 4 months, 1 week, 3 days and 11 hours since my last failed audit. (All together now) HI BARNEY!

I know this is a support group for IT Directors suffering from governance, risk and compliance issues, and candidly I did have a  problem at one time.  I started out apathetic like Bob and then paranoid like Betty, but one day I came upon some research on least privilege and privilege identity management and the rest, as they say, is history.

What I learned is that there is a class of software that allows me to control access at a very granular level for my desktops, servers, virtual and cloud environments based on policy and role.  This way everyone now only has access to do what the company wants them to do but still is monitored at a keystroke or event level for audit, compliance and remediation issues.  I no longer have to fear insider attacks nor do I have to tolerate groups complaining that security controls inhibit productivity.  Whenever there is a need to change policy I can make a centralized modification and have it propagated enterprise wide as required.

So now I like to come to these meetings to hear other’s “horror stories in the making” to remind myself why I continue to foster a least privilege solution across my extended enterprise.

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A Quick Look at MS14-068

Posted November 20, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft recently released an out of band patch for Kerberos.  Taking a look at the Microsoft security bulletin, it seems like there is some kind of issue with Kerberos signatures related to tickets. Further information is available in the Microsoft SRD Blogpost So it looks like there is an issue with PAC signatures.  But what…

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Password Game Show

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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Triggering MS14-066

Triggering MS14-066

Posted November 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft addressed CVE-2014-6321 this Patch Tuesday, which has been hyped as the next Heartbleed.  This vulnerability (actually at least 2 vulnerabilities) promises remote code execution in applications that use the SChannel Security Service Provider, such as Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). The details have been scarce.  Lets fix that. Looking at the bindiff of schannel.dll, we see a…

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