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Surveying the Wild Wild West of Microsoft Server Administration

Posted February 28, 2012    Peter McCalister

I was the on the phone with a large company discussing their requirements surrounding the control of administrator access to Microsoft based servers and applications. Within 5 minutes it became clear of where the folks on the phone stood: “managing our Microsoft servers is akin to the wild wild west”. In this company there are over 500 servers supporting hundreds of critical business applications and hundreds of system and application administrators working daily on those machines. For this company, the the current administrative operating procedure for almost every Windows server administrative task is this: a remote desktop session logged in with full administrative privilege. I quote one of the folks on the line: “It’s a bloody mess”.

From many similar conversations, this company has come to the realization that because of their administrative practices, their corporate information is at significant risk.I have learned quickly, based on this conversations and others with different enterprise customers and prospects, that this company is not alone in their precarious IT situation. Compounding this issue is pressure from auditors that are looking for evidence that technical controls are in place to restrict access to information based on an individual’s role as is mandated by regulations like PCI, among others. This now begs the question, “how can BeyondTrust assist in this area?” For an answer to this question, you’ll have to stay tuned for my next blog…”Controlling the Wild Wild West of Windows Server Administration

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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