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Some People Collect Stamps, I Collect Least Privilege Rules

Posted February 17, 2012    Peter McCalister

As I guide folks through setting up and using PowerBroker Windows Desktops I’m always thinking ahead, past the, ‘Phase 1’ deployment. A big part of this is sorting out your rule set, (Policies that dictate what elevation an application receives, or whether it is even allowed to execute), into collections.

A collection is a folder you create within your GPO where you put ‘like’ application rules into, or rules specific to a particular group. In other words, you may choose to create a collection for In-House created applications, or one containing a set of rules for Adobe software. In other cases, where you do need deeper control over who gets a set of rules, you can create a collection named after this group, for instance, Accounting, Engineering, Marketing, etc. In this latter case, you combine the convenience of collections with the control of Item-Level Targeting, just like what you use with MS Group Policy Preferences. I’ll cover this more in-depth in a future post. For now think of Item-Level Targeting like the Security Filtering available in the MS Group Policy Management Console on steroids.

Whether you are just starting out with PowerBroker Windows Desktops or have been using the software to either mitigate the risk associated with over-privileged users or reduce support costs with under-privileged ones for awhile, think about your enterprise and how you can use collections.

Do you have rules now that you put into a separate GPO because you need to make sure they only apply to certain situations?
Do you have a list of rules and are having trouble remembering what all of them deal with?

Maybe you’re like me and just need to put everything in it’s place. These are just a few of the reasons to use collections. If you want more information on applying collections to your environment, just give us a call; we’re here 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

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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.

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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”?