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Least Privilege Can Help Solve IT Negligence

Posted March 19, 2012    Peter McCalister

The Ponemon Institute along with Trend Micro recently surveyed more than 700 ITprofessionals on the subject of the human factor in data breaches. According to the survey, 78 percent of respondents have experienced a data breach as a result of negligent or malicious employees or other insiders. This doesn’t surprise us here at BeyondTrust. We deal with businesses and organizations every day that are looking for solutions to mitigate insider attacks regardless if it’s intentional or negligent misuse of privilege.

Every enterprise has good people and bad people. Between dumb IT errors and spur-of-the-moment decisions, an environment where users have unlimited access to company resources is a dangerous place.

The survey also identified the top 10 practices employees routinely engage in that put companies at greater risk. The most popular risky practice is connecting computers to the Internet through an insecure wireless network. This employee practice can be easily resolved by using BeyondTrust PowerBroker Desktops which allows restricted users to maintain authorized computer settings such as, connecting to local printers, IP configuration settings to connect to a wireless networks, even the ability to change time zones. Another common risky practice among negligent employees is reusing the same password and username on different websites. This can be put to a stop by deploying PowerBroker Identity Services, a centralized enterprise solution to authenticate users in the same way across all platforms, which can enforce user password policy for password aging, history, etc.

The BeyondTrust ecosystem creates a least privilege environment within enterprises to reduce the risk of insider threats. Monitoring and alerts, reporting, and management tools siphon through web and code based interfaces to centrally control requested network tasks. As enterprises begin to pay more attention to privilege and access, they begin to embrace the principal of least privilege as it relates to improving overall security.

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Posted May 20, 2015    Randy Franklin Smith

What if you have multiple Linux and/or Unix systems? Sudo management can become onerous and unwieldy if you try to manage a different sudoers file on each system. The good news is that sudo supports multiple systems.

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What Does Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution Really Do?

Posted May 19, 2015    Morey Haber

LAPS is a feature that allows the randomization of local administrator accounts across the domain. Although it would seem that this capability overlaps with features in BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker Password Safe (PBPS), the reality is it is more suited for simple use cases such as changing the local Windows admin account and not much more.

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On Demand Webinar: Securing Windows Server with Security Compliance Manager

Posted May 14, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

On Demand Webinar: Security Expert Russell Smith, explains how to use Microsoft’s free Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to create and deploy your own security baselines, including user and computer authentication settings.

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