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PowerBroker Servers Protects Root Password

Posted June 22, 2011    Peter McCalister

An IT outsourcing company (responsible for integrating the IT systems for one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies) was tasked with managing its clients’ critical SAP/Oracle-based environment. The company committed to creating and maintaining a controlled and secure environment for the client, however this endeavor was wrought with challenges.

In order for the goal to be successful, users needed to be able to do their jobs and access necessary applications (which require admin rights) while being denied access to other unauthorized tasks at the same time. Previously users were running with generic administrator accounts, with the root password open for use. The companywas looking for a solution that could allow required applications to run while protecting the root password.

This is where BeyondTrust comes in. PowerBroker Servers not only provided answers to the challenges the company faced in managing their client’s environment, but it also offered additinoal capabilities to ease support and strengthen security. PowerBroker Servers provides selective delegation of UNIX administrative privilege for users without providing full root access, in addition to managing privileges and applications.

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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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