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Virtual Machines Sprouting in Your Datacenter Require Security and Control

Posted April 2, 2012    Peter McCalister

Are your virtual machines like weeds that continue to pop up everywhere? This is often referred to as virtual machine (VM) sprawl. VM sprawl can weaken your security posture, making your systems vulnerable to both external and internal threats. In Subbu’s blog last week, he discussed how advanced persistent threats (APT) can utilize privileged access to compromise your critical corporate data. Managing privileged access on all your Linux and UNIX systems, whether physical, virtual, or deployed in the cloud, is critical to ensuring only valid users run privileged commands on your servers.

This week BeyondTrust is introducing PowerBroker Servers Enterprise 7.0. PowerBroker Servers Enterprise is a comprehensive system designed to enhance your security posture and allow you to meet compliance requirements by managing privileged access for Linux and UNIX systems.

PowerBroker’s centralized approach and granular privileged access control protects against intentional or accidental misuse of privilege that would otherwise allow employees, or hackers through APT attacks, execute privileged commands. PowerBroker Servers Enterprise provides a simple-to-use graphical interface to implement privileged access policy with the ability to log, monitor, and report on user activities. PowerBroker Servers Enterprise enables centralized management of your Linux and UNIX users, groups, and computers with powerful integration with Microsoft Active Directory. This centralized approach to managing privileged access in the virtual datacenter has show to significantly reduce operational complexity and costs, protect critical assets from misuse of privileged access, and demonstrate compliance.

New features in version 7 include:

A simple-to-use graphical interface to create and centrally manage privileged access policies through Microsoft Active Directory
Easy-to-deploy privilege access policies using Active Directory Group Policies
Forensic privileged user logging
Out-of-the-box point and click compliance reporting
Entitlement reports showing which users and groups have access to specific computers
Daily operational reports showing users that are added or deleted
An operational dashboard showing the health of privilege access management infrastructure
Customization of privilege access events for use in SIEM applications

So even if VMs continue to sprout in your virtual datacenter, PowerBroker Servers Enterprise ensures that they are protected from misuse of privileged access.

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Posted May 19, 2015    Morey Haber

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On Demand Webinar: Securing Windows Server with Security Compliance Manager

Posted May 14, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

On Demand Webinar: Security Expert Russell Smith, explains how to use Microsoft’s free Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to create and deploy your own security baselines, including user and computer authentication settings.

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