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Google’s Bouncer Gets Roughed Up; Why You Should Care

Posted June 28, 2012    Jerome Diggs

With the increasing number of devices and applications in the enterprise, driven by the “consumerization of IT” and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), companies are faced with the need for visibility as to what risk is being introduced to the enterprise. One might think this is a challenge the handset or mobile platform vendors are going to figure out for us, but there are recent examples which prove the enterprises themselves must be vigilant in protecting their networks which support mobile users.

For example, Bouncer, Google Plays’ gatekeeper software, which is meant to protect their app store from malicious applications, has been proven to be by no means perfect. A recent security researcher published findings on the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness, some might say) of Bouncer. You can find that article here.

As you can see, the uncertainty of security of mobile devices and the applications they run, clearly pose significant risks to enterprise systems and data. This is an area that eEye and BeyondTrust both have been very interested and active in developing solutions for.

Our Retina solution provides visibility into possibly malicious applications, vulnerabilities and configuration settings so security teams, compliance officers and IT can understand what risk exists in the enterprise with regards to their mobile deployments, and how to best mitigate them. Retina’s integrated, web-based console, smart grouping and analytics warehouse enables security professionals with zero gap coverage across the enterprise, which provides contextual visibility to threats across cloud, mobile, virtual and traditional network devices.

Specifically for Google Android devices, and available both in the Google Play store and downloadable from the Retina CS console, BeyondTrust offers the Android agent which brings visibility at the enterprise level. This allows you to inventory, assess and quantify the risk posed by the mobile devices you’re supporting (or not supporting as the case may be) and more efficiently manage the risk posed by those devices. To try both, download a free trial of Retina CS community and the Android agent today!

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How to Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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