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Do You Have Users Hiding in Your Enterprise Servers?

Posted August 27, 2012    Peter McCalister

Are you in control of the user accounts across your enterprise systems? Defunct user accounts, duplicate IDs, excessive rights – do these plague your current accounts database? More importantly – how many account databases are you maintaining…or failing to maintain?

Identity services like authentication and single sign-on are critical in today’s business environments. Managing these services is often a manual process, complicated by redundancy and integration between systems. Employees may have network credentials sprawled across multiple directory services or local accounts. The proliferation of virtual machines and self-service deployment can make resource control even more challenging. (link to previous blog on virtual server sprawl). When a person changes roles or leaves the company how do you know that all their credentials have been remove? Do you have users lurking in a local UNIX or Linux /etc/passwd file? Do you have the necessary tools to ensure that user account authorization is synchronized and up-to-date throughout your organization?

You need an integrated solution to manage and authenticate users in the same way across all platforms. A solution that will granularly control access to sensitive resources, apply uniform policies, and provide detailed auditing and reporting on the state of your network security. By leveraging your existing Active Directory infrastructure you can integrate your UNIX, Linux, and Max OS clients and servers and consolidate to a single directly service – and a single point of management – for account control and authorization.

Power Broker Identity Services is a comprehensive Active Directory bridge solution delivering consolidated management, control and out-of-box compliance reporting. With PowerBroker Identity Services you can eliminate security and compliance concerns. You can reduce the management overhead — and overload — of maintaining obsolete account services, such as NIS, or ad hoc directory services, such as custom LDAP implementations. You can also, improve security with enhanced account control, Kerberos authentication, and integrated cross-platform group policy support and with single sign-On (SSO) for your Linux, UNIX and Mac OS X systems you can streamline the user experience and further enhance security. Plus, with out-of-box compliance reports you can complete audits quickly and successfully.

PowerBroker Identity Services coupled with Active Directory provide a proven Identity Management System to deliver integrated authentication, secure authorization, consolidated management, and one-click reporting to help you meet compliance requirements. Inquire now and get a FREE eval of Powerbroker Identity Services today.

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Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

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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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