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Don’t Be The IAM Turkey This Thanksgiving

Posted November 23, 2011    Peter McCalister

Most of the United States and Canada are preparing for the anual food fest known as Thanksgiving tomorrow to celebrate the bountiful harvest season. Or is it just an excuse for a work holiday in November? Either way, you can be sure that the potential for IT security breaches increase as vigilance wains for the holiday season.

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Put simply, just because you are excited for the holidays and have your thoughts turned to grandma’s famous deep fried turkey (I’m from the deep south if you haven’t guessed yet), doesn’t mean that insider and outside hackers alike aren’t looking for more ways to intentionally, accidentally or indirectly misusing privilege to effect damage to your critical corporate information assets.

Identity and Access Management (IAM) focuses on managing the access, authentication and authorization of users trying to get to your most valuable corporate information assets. If you have not also focused on who has privileged access to these assets then you may be at risk for a breach this holiday season.

We have talked at length in this blog and also tweet daily @BeyondTrust for those interested in who has been breached recently as well as the latest regulatory changes and industry news. So do yourself a favor this Thanksgiving and stay diligent so you won’t be the next turkey embarrassed in the newspaper because of an insider breach.

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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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