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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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Answering the age-old question, ‘What’s plugged into my network?’

Posted October 9, 2015    Alejandro DaCosta

“What’s plugged into my network?” is a question I hear frequently from security administrators. And, really, it’s no surprise why. No longer do we have to account just for the physical servers in our datacenters, workstations and a few network devices. Now we need to keep track of roaming laptops, dynamic virtual systems, off-site cloud deployments and BYOD.


Closing the Vulnerability Gap

Posted October 7, 2015    Brian Chappell

Managing vulnerabilities is a significant challenge for many organizations. The main difficulties with managing this manifest in two key areas. The first is that the list isn’t static. The second is priority.


Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.