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Off the beaten Google Market

Posted July 10, 2012    Jerome Diggs

There have been a number of recent articles and blog posts around Android devices infected with various malware and malicious apps.  One recent nasty piece of malware found in many Chinese Android app stores is ‘Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android’.   The interesting feature of this malware is that it can run up an unsuspecting user’s cell phone bill by downloading paid content leaving them holding the bag.

Android lets you download and install apps from anywhere provided you’ve configured your device to download from unknown sources.  Why would anyone do this?  Well, quite simply, because they can and they will.  Users who have their devices configured this way and are connecting to the corporate network (email, internal instant messaging, VPN, etc.) are putting the enterprise at an increased risk.

Retina CS and the Retina Android agent provide out of the box visibility into which systems are configured to allow non-Android market sources.  ‘15903  –  Android Device Non-Android Market Sources’

This information can be included in Enterprise dashboards, reports and email alerts to ensure security teams are aware of which devices may be introducing additional risk to the corporate enterprise.  To view this and other mobile platform configuration and vulnerability audits download a copy of Retina CS Community and the Android agent today.

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Don’t Create a Different sudoers File for Each System

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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