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June 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted June 10, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This June we are greeted with 7 different Microsoft Security bulletins for Patch Tuesday. MS14-030 covers a vulnerability within Remote Desktop that could allow for tampering with RDP session data. The sky is not falling here though as in order for an attacker to perform this tampering they need to already be on the same network…

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Accounting for Vulnerability “States” in Your Risk Assessments

Posted June 9, 2014    Morey Haber

Vulnerability management (VM) processes have had to evolve exponentially in recent years. Most of this evolution has occurred in terms network coverage, as scanners have moved beyond conducting sequential assessments to advanced agent, connector and credentialing technologies. However, most VM applications are still unable to provide meaningful data for prioritizing vulnerabilities in terms of real…

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How to Stop Pass-the-Hash Attacks on Windows Desktops

Posted June 2, 2014    Morey Haber

One of the most talked about presentations at Microsoft TechEd was Pass-The-Hash: How Attackers Spread and How to Stop Them by Mark Russinovich and Nathan Ide of Microsoft. This presentation demonstrated how simple it is to collect hashes from one machine and leverage them to compromise the entire infrastructure. The publication of attack techniques and lack…

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Webcast Recap: Leveraging Active Directory as a Unified Identity Store with Microsoft MVP, Darren Mar-Elia

Posted May 29, 2014    Chris Burd

With over 15 years of history, Active Directory (AD) is the original source of authentication and authorization as a service, providing businesses with a trusted way to consolidate and manage identity. But how and why companies use AD – from an OS directory to an identity store – has constantly evolved. BeyondTrust recently partnered with…

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A New Twist on Secure Computing

Posted May 28, 2014    Morey Haber

Secure Computing is one of those overused terms that gracefully died on the vine. During a recent customer meeting, we discussed a new context for Secure Computing that’s worth sharing with our blog readers. Here it is in a nutshell: Consider Secure computing in the context of PowerBroker for Windows Risk Compliance. If you’re not…

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BeyondInsight Evolution is Paving the Way for a Revolution in IT Risk Management

Posted May 27, 2014    Morey Haber

2008: Unifying Vulnerability Management + Endpoint Protection It all started in 2008, when eEye Digital Security transformed its REM management platform into Retina CS, a solution that could do more than just vulnerability management. Retina CS (short for “Compliance and Security” – or, as we joke internally, for “Chris Silva” our Chief Architect) merged the…

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Webcast Recap: Surviving the Vulnerability Data Maelstrom with Dave Shackleford

Posted May 21, 2014    Chris Burd

If your vulnerability management (VM) processes are like most, you’re drowning in information and wondering whether your scanning and reporting tools are revealing true risks or sending every tiny issue your way for review. Unfortunately, getting alerts for low-level vulnerabilities and false positives is still considered a standard best practice. But to free themselves from…

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Identifying Android Phone Vulnerabilities that Threaten Your Corporate Network

Posted May 20, 2014    Morey Haber

According to a recent McKinsey survey, more than 80% of employees now use personal smartphones for work-related purposes. Vulnerable smartphones can spread malware to business infrastructure via emailed attachments and to corporate networks through bots. Assessing mobile devices for vulnerabilities that could lead to infections and data manipulation is therefore a real concern for data…

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Vulnerability Scanning for PCI DSS Compliance with BeyondTrust Retina

Posted May 19, 2014    Morey Haber

I’m pleased to announce that BeyondTrust’s Retina Enterprise Vulnerability Management has successfully completed PCI Scanning Vendor Compliance Testing. This means that Retina meets all PCI Security Standards Council requirements to perform PCI data security scanning. This also marks the fifth year that BeyondTrust is an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV). Where Vulnerability Scanning Comes into Play…

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Comparing Active Directory Auditing Solutions? Here are 7 Things You Can’t Afford to Overlook

Posted May 15, 2014    Gail Ferreira

If you’re responsible for your organization’s Active Directory environment, you probably know how time-consuming it can be to audit and recover AD changes. Maybe there was a particular incident where manually tracking down an errant change and putting things back in order involved too much blood, sweat and tears – or maybe you’ve simply spent…

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