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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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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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