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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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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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