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Scalability When You Need It

Posted September 25, 2013    Morey Haber

I think we have all been there before. We pilot a solution, run the gambit of tests in the lab, and when it comes to production, the scalability falls flat on its face. It does not matter if the solution was architected correctly for the environment with multiple nodes, high performance database, and tons of CPU and RAM to spare, it just does not work. This is when we realize the vendor failed to create the technology with the scalability needed to address the challenges often encountered in enterprise deployments. The outcome is that we end up living with a scaled back implementation, or worse, waste time and money before picking another vendor. This is a challenge BeyondTrust is acutely aware of. Why? Because many of our clients have been there with a different vulnerability management solution and discovered that Retina was designed from the ground up to be scalable, portable, and architecturally flexible to meet the heavy demands of a true enterprise environment. For example, take the screen shot below:

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This is from one of our test lab environments used for client demos. It is sanitized client data that has been scaled for testing. The supporting database contains over 100,000 assets and is fully functional for searching, filtering, reporting, and role-based access. It is used to demonstrate that with a single pane of glass, an organization can truly realize that they can perform vulnerability management for every asset in their organization, not just servers or PCI environments.

Retina Screen Shot

Consider the following report that literally takes a few seconds to generate using our embedded data warehouse (Retina Insight) that ships with the solution. It helps take that list of 100,000 devices and prioritize which devices should be remediated first, in lieu of a phone book of potentially a few million pages for every asset and vulnerability. Believe it or not, some our leading competitors still can only generate the long laundry list vulnerability report and do nothing to help the enterprise prioritize remediation activities.

We have all been there before. We have all had tools that work great on our desktops, in labs, but can not handle what truly awaits in the enterprise. With over 260 reports available out of the box, a true ad-hoc report engine that can build customized reports based on all the data collected, and a scalable platform that can handle hundreds of thousands of assets, why have you not looked at Retina yet? Get more info.

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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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Basic Blocking and Tackling for Defending Against Advanced Targeted Attacks

Posted January 22, 2015    Larry Brock

With football season at its pinnacle at both the college and professional levels, the best teams continually focus on the fundamentals that make them successful. In security, we need to do the same.  It is okay for us to have a few key plays, especially in certain industries where we have to focus on unique…

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