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Databases Need Least Privilege Too

Posted May 25, 2011    Peter McCalister

The most sensitive information assets for any size company larger or small tends to be buried inside a database sitting on a server. It doesn’t matter if that server is physical, virtual or cloud based. Some organizations choose to protect the database and some the server. The best solution would be to protect both according to their intrinsically different requirements.

We at BeyondTrust have been experts in least privilege, insider threats, privilege identity management and the implications for governance, risk and compliance for over two decades now. We’ve seen an evolution in how corporations and especially our vast customer base are looking at ways of securing the perimeter within the extended enterprise as cloud and virtual sprawl takes root.

One of the most important observations recently involves the nature of database security and the debate of whether to rely exclusively on the security tools provided by the database vendor or leverage 3rd party solutions to extend those tools risk mitigation capabilities. What we are seeing mostly is that 3rd party tools do significantly extend the security, risk mitigation and compliance value to organizations and therefore critical to any database administrator’s checklist.

In this blog we have talked extensively about the value of session management (read “logging”) in concert with policy-based brokering (read “least privilege”). This also extends to the application space, and specifically databases. Watch this blog for lots more on this subject as we think it is getting very hot again.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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“I’d love to come, but I’m on-call”: Privilege management can relieve holiday help desk headaches

Posted December 3, 2014    Jason Silva

Part of working in IT means you put in your time “on-call.” Companies either don’t realize there is a better way to allow users to maintain administrative access to endpoints, or they remove admin rights from users but don’t account for the resulting operational inefficiencies.

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