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Session Monitoring Provides Context Aware Security for Windows

Posted May 23, 2013    Morey Haber

The Windows world is about to get a long overdue lesson from Unix. Privilege Identity Management does not stop at just logging that an application gets launched with elevated privileges; administrators need to know what the user does with that application, as well.

Did they use the program within the guidelines of company policy or use it for some intentional or unintentional malicious activity? PowerBroker for Windows 6.0, which is due for general availability in a few weeks, has expanded its capabilities to capture processes, mouse clicks, keystrokes, and screen captures for elevated applications based on Rules.  And, to make it simpler, any rules including the ones you have deployed within your organization can be enabled for Session Monitoring:


After a session is captured, the data is compressed, encrypted, and securely transferred via policy to the Retina CS Threat Management Console. This data can be viewed, searched, and filtered to see exactly how privileged activity is used within your environment. Below is a sample from Retina CS 4.5 of what this looks like to an authorized administrator trying to change VMware workstation adapter settings:


The Unix world has known for a long time that recording these activities is critical for application security. PowerBroker for Unix & Linux does this natively and now with Retina CS 4.5 allows this data to be presented alongside its Windows counterparts in a single threat management console.  Regardless of platform, session and keystroke monitoring can be presented in one system. And, with the rest of BeyondTrust’s capabilities, full Privilege Identity and Vulnerability Management solutions are available as optional add-on modules.

BeyondTrust is redefining traditional security and helping companies understand the risk to users and assets. PowerBroker for Windows 6.0 allows Session Monitoring of user activity to identity the risk to applications running with elevated privileges. The art of measuring your information technology risk by user and application just got easier with BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker for Windows.

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Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach: When 2 Days is not Enough

Posted October 2, 2015    Morey Haber

On October 1, Experian admitted full responsibility for the loss of T-Mobile customer data. 15 million user records dating back to 2013 were effected in the breach, with data including sensitive information that may be decryptable like social security numbers and drivers licenses.


Who Moved My Front Door? (What is Privileged Account Management?)

Posted October 1, 2015    Nigel Hedges

Not too long ago, I was sitting in a room with a very fluffy sales guy. In between words such as “we’ll make this happen” and “leave it with me, I’ll get it sorted” he asked the question “What is Privileged Account Management”?


Why Customers Choose PowerBroker: End-to-End Coverage

Posted September 30, 2015    Scott Lang

In a survey of more than 100 customers, those customers indicated that BeyondTrust’s end to end privileged account management capabilities were a competitive differentiator versus other options in the privileged account management market.