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Uncontested Lay Up

Posted October 27, 2011    Peter McCalister

Last week talked about the basics of how you can address the risk of insider attacks from former employees. A recent study of IT managers and network administrators conducted by Amplitude Research on behalf of VanDyke Software, shows a growing concern about insider threats, particularly unauthorized access by current and former employees. Unauthorized access by current and former employees was cited by 11% of the survey respondents, as a reason cited network intrusions, the 4th most frequent response.

Using an Active Directory bridge product like PowerBroker Identity Services for seamless integration of Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X with Microsoft Active Directory allows you to cut off privileged access to key systems by deactivating AD accounts when an employee leaves the company. As close to a slam dunk as it gets in enterprise IT security.

This week I did a webcast with our friends at Symplified on cloud security. We talked about the many complexities and challenges of security in the cloud, but they also provide a simple to implement solution to another challenge with former employees – access to SAAS applications.

Symplified allows you to link your or other user stores like LDAP to provide single sign on and making de-provisioning of former employees from those apps part of your normal account deactivation procedure. Not quite slam dunk, but an uncontested layup.

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Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

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Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

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