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Configuration Mistakes Make for Costly Security Gaps

Posted May 25, 2012    Daniel Jacobowitz

Earlier this week, Brian Prince over at Security Week posted an article on a subject that we’ve always been passionate about here at eEye, now BeyondTrust, Research – and that’s configuration.  More specifically, the incredible impact that smart, effective configuration can have on reducing attack surface for any size organization.

From Brian’s article, I agree with the obvious point that, “…practically by definition, [configuration errors] happen because of poor configuration management…”. Despite the glaringly conspicuous causality concerning configuration complications, the problem is no doubt a large one. Configuration gaffes lead to data breaches time and time again, allowing nefarious ne-er dowells to waltz into your database and grab your customer, patient, employee, etc., data.  It’s the best example of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” in IT security.

This article highlights the reason why we invested the time and resources to develop the In Configuration We Trust toolset, which includes a free scanner and original research into the topic.  You can access the toolset here; give it a try, the data on your machine will thank you.

You can find Brian’s article - Configuration Mistakes Make for Costly Security Gaps, here.

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Posted August 22, 2014    Marc Maiffret

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Troubleshooting Windows Privilege Management Rules with Policy Monitor

Posted August 21, 2014    Jason Silva

When defining and testing PowerBroker for Windows rules for production or pilots, customers sometimes tell us, “I don’t think this policy / program is working.” This is usually a case of the policy not properly triggering because of the way the rule was created. A unique feature of PowerBroker for Windows compared to other solutions is a client-side…

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BeyondTrust Webcast: Darren Mar-Elia’s 4 Active Directory Change Scenarios to Track

Posted August 20, 2014    Chris Burd

In our latest webcast, we joined Darren Mar-Elia, CTO at SDM Software, to discuss best practices for Active Directory (AD) change management. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation, followed by a link to a full-length video of the presentation. Mar-Elia kicks things off with a critical insight: that the best AD change management…

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