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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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Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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