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Post-Password Predictions And What They Mean For You

Posted January 18, 2012    Peter McCalister

The list of problems with passwords has been documented over and over again: Users keeping spreadsheets of their personal passwords, using ordinary everyday words, keeping their passwords on sticky notes, or constantly harassing the IT department for help with forgotten passwords–the list goes on and on.

Even clever password creation and rating sites have been created to help mitigate the password problem.

As Charlie Osborne writes in this ZDNet article on the subject, “We’ve all had those moments, cursing under our breath, when after three attempts you are locked out just as you remember the actual word and number combination. Or even worse, forced to fill out mud-smear captchas until your eyes start to swim.”

Sound familiar? It’s certainly frustrating. So what’s coming down the pipe? IBM recently put out a video with some predictions of what will be coming down the pipe as a possible replacement for passwords.

Whether or not IBM is right on with their predictions or not, the future of authentication will almost surely include some sort of biometric identification. Something that is truly unique to you and only you. Imagine being able to securely login to your system just by saying your name. It’s well within reason.

So what does this mean for you? Well, no future authentication system will be successful unless it ties back to a centralized identity store. At BeyondTrust we’re certainly advocates of centralizing your users’ identities within Microsoft Active Directory–the main directory of choice for nearly all top enterprise companies.

And no matter what platform you and your vast network of users are logging in to–whether Windows, Linux, Unix, or Mac OS X desktops or servers, physical or virtual–the authentication should map back to AD, and have a full history of authentication events available for auditing. As the future of password authentication evolves, you can be sure that BeyondTrust will be on the cutting edge of adopting these new technologies into our AD bridge solutions.

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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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