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PowerBroker for Windows Policy Through Retina CS Web Services

Posted May 29, 2013    Morey Haber

PowerBroker for Windows has traditionally relied on Active Directory Group Policy to populate assets with the latest rules and policies. The technology also contains a utility for managing off-line systems called PBDeploy and has met the challenges for many organizations when a domain is not available for authentication. With the growing number of portable Windows devices, remote users, and systems that may not even be connected to the domain, a new paradigm was needed to support policy distribution.

In PowerBroker for Windows 5.4, BeyondTrust introduced the Retina CS Threat Management Console for consolidated event management and reporting. With the introduction of PowerBroker for Windows 6.0, which will be Generally Available in a few weeks, BeyondTrust is proud to introduce the capability for Retina CS to also be a web service (non AD) host for client policies. This allows environments to host policies directly over the Internet (or internally) using certificate-based policies that can be distributed over standard HTTPS protocols. This technology can be deployed as software or as an appliance within your organization and allow you to benefit from the best of both worlds; the ability to host policies via Group Policy and/or Web Services. For existing clients, an upgrade to PowerBroker for Windows 6.0 with Retina CS will convert all your existing policies in Active Directory to the new release (completely and automatically) and allow you to export them into Retina CS Web Services for additional hosting options. There is no reason to recreate any of your rules.

Below is a screen shot of the Policy Management Editor for Retina CS using the new user interface available in version 6.0:

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PowerBroker for Windows 6.0 is changing the way we think about privilege identity management. With new capabilities for File Integrity Monitoring, Session Monitoring, and Web Services based Policy Management, the technology can address the most complex architectures for any size environment. The solution comes with all the discovery capabilities of Retina (for free) and will help report on assets based on a discovered criteria. Therefore, privilege identity events are stored with complete details regarding a host’s processes, ports, shares, users, and even software installed. All of this is available for reviewing and reporting within Retina CS to PowerBroker for Windows clients (for free):

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BeyondTrust is redefining traditional security. PowerBroker for Windows is taking a massive leap forward with its capabilities to host policies outside of the domain. It is not just about elevating applications anymore inside the corporate infrastructure; it is about managing every corporate asset for privileged use regardless of where it resides. We are confident this technology will change the way you think about user and asset management.

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Failing the Security Basics: Backoff Point-of-Sale Malware

Posted August 22, 2014    Marc Maiffret

At the beginning of this month, US-CERT issued a security alert relating to a string of breaches that had been targeting Point of Sale (POS) systems. The alert details that attackers were leveraging brute forcing tools to target common remote desktop applications such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Splashtop and LogMeIn among others….

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Troubleshooting Windows Privilege Management Rules with Policy Monitor

Posted August 21, 2014    Jason Silva

When defining and testing PowerBroker for Windows rules for production or pilots, customers sometimes tell us, “I don’t think this policy / program is working.” This is usually a case of the policy not properly triggering because of the way the rule was created. A unique feature of PowerBroker for Windows compared to other solutions is a client-side…

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BeyondTrust Webcast: Darren Mar-Elia’s 4 Active Directory Change Scenarios to Track

Posted August 20, 2014    Chris Burd

In our latest webcast, we joined Darren Mar-Elia, CTO at SDM Software, to discuss best practices for Active Directory (AD) change management. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation, followed by a link to a full-length video of the presentation. Mar-Elia kicks things off with a critical insight: that the best AD change management…

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