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If You Can’t Change It, You Can’t Govern It

Posted July 27, 2011    Peter McCalister

Corporate governance ensures accountability across the extended enterprise. It facilitates staying competitive and satisfying ever-changing government regulations while providing mechanisms and controls to reduce the inefficiencies that arise when individuals misuse privileges granted to them.

A key aspect of corporate governance is ensuring that the changes decided by management are in fact enforced across every office and IT system despite geographic, network and operating system differences. This can be especially difficult for companies that grow through acquisition where newly acquired IT assets rarely match current corporate standards. Getting new policies rolled out and enforced. Without these types of controls, companies face the dire consequences already seen by the likes of Enron and MCI (formerly WorldCom). We have already discussed the intentional, accidental and indirect misuse of privilege in previous blog posts.

Implementing a privilege identity management solution can significantly impact corporate governance accountability and change management in real time across the extended enterprise as well as eliminate the misuse of privilege across heterogeneous systems, virtualized or even cloud-based administrators. Any change to privileged access can be accomplished from a centralized console and pushed to every environment in real-time. All entitlements and audit logs can also be reviewed on demand and therefore your company can ensure governance mandates.

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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