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Driving Security with Blind Spots

Posted January 31, 2012    Morey Haber

For those of us who commute in Southern California, driving isn’t as always as cut and dry as it is in other locations.  For example: say you’re driving down the highway at 70 mph and you realize at the last minute you need to exit 3 lanes over. Obviously you know this requires more than just a look in the rear view mirror. Any sudden, unforeseen variables due to your driving (or someone else’s) could result in an accident. One of the most often causes of these accidents (apart from last-second 3 lane sweeps) is the presence of “the blind spot”. No matter which make or model of car you drive, you’ve got one. Just as it’s important to consider your blind spot while driving, it’s just as important to consider which devices make up your security blind spot. These can be anything from consumer devices legitimately on your network, to new cloud services, or legacy devices still on your network that span beyond your control. Traditional vulnerability assessment has a weakness just like your favorite car, it has no provisions for looking into the security blind spot. That is until now.

eEye Digital Security has been promoting a concept of zero gap coverage for vulnerability assessment for the last year. With the new release of Retina CS 3.0, eEye has made advances in providing a vulnerability assessment vehicle that reduces your IT security blind spot to nearly zero, including devices that remotely connect to your network using agent based vulnerability assessment and mobile devices such as smartphones. These devices and new technology such as public and private computing, if not assessed, could be the fatal flaw that compromises even the most stringent of security environments. They represent the fast lane of technology and most times, a blind spot for many corporations.

As an example, let’s start with exploring mobile device vulnerability assessment. Ask yourself this question and see if you know the answer: “How many mobile devices (smartphones and tablets regardless of operating system) are connected to your email or network?”. If you can answer that, ask yourself “what are the operating system versions and applications installed on each device?”. If you can’t answer either of those questions, you have just identified your first vulnerability blind spot within your environment. Below is a screen shot of how Retina CS 3.0 manages this new challenge and provides answers like no other solution on the market.

Having to make safe and accurate moves is something that is required of us every single day – on and off the fast lane. As we quickly approach the release of Retina CS 3.0, I encourage you to stay tuned to the eEye blog. More details on how to manage your vulnerability blind spots will be published, and more tips and tricks on how to complete your visibility, with zero gap coverage, for all your IT resources.

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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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