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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:

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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:

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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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PowerBroker for Unix & Linux helps prevent Shellshock

Posted September 25, 2014    Paul Harper

Like many other people who tinker with UNIX and Linux on a regular basis, BASH has always been my shell of choice.  Dating back to the early days moving from Windows to a non-Windows platform, mapping the keys correctly to allow easy navigation and control helped ensure an explosion of use for the shell. Unfortunately,…

Bash “Shellshock” Vulnerability – Retina Updates

Posted September 24, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

A major vulnerability was recently discovered within bash which allows arbitrary command execution via specially crafted environment variables. This is possible due to the fact that bash supports the assignment of shell functions to shell variables. When bash parses environment shell functions, it continues parsing even after the closing brace of the function definition. If…

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7 Reasons Customers Switch to Password Safe for Privileged Password Management

Posted September 24, 2014    Chris Burd

It’s clear that privileged password management tools are essential for keeping mission-critical data, servers and assets safe and secure. However, as I discussed in my previous post, there are several pitfalls to look out for when deploying a privileged password management solution. At this point, you may be wondering how BeyondTrust stacks up. With that,…

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