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What to Look for in a Privileged Password Management Solution: Frost & Sullivan’s Review of PowerBroker Password Safe

Posted June 11, 2014    Gail Ferreira

laptop-password3It wasn’t long ago that most organizations focused their privileged password management efforts on small subsets of critical servers and applications. Today, given the ever-present need to secure information, applications and assets, we’re seeing expansion of the password management footprint across servers at both smaller firms and larger enterprises alike.

Whether to meet regulatory requirements, tighten security, streamline operations, or all the above, most companies are working to achieve complete password management coverage across their UNIX, Linux, Mac, Windows, Virtual, and Cloud server assets. Adopting a single solution to span all asset classes with central policy, plus reporting and analytics, is now the smart choice.

A new report from Frost and Sullivan provides a product review of PowerBroker Password Safe and highlights what to look for in a privileged password management solution, including:

  • Integration of the solution into a risk management platform that can reveal the susceptibility of managed assets to insider attacks or external attacks that leverage insider credentials
  • Lightweight and agentless deployment, without requiring installations on target systems or using JavaScript, which introduces risk, usability hurdles, and the need for constant updates that impact compatibility
  • A straightforward way to establish password policies that are role-based and synchronized with Active Directory
  • An easy method to discover all assets requiring password rotation and access control
  • And, of course, an effective approval process that minimizes any obstructions to user productivity

Frost and Sullivan endorsed PowerBroker Password Safe since it provides these desirable qualities, deeming it a “solid tool for the secure procurement and dissemination of passwords.”

> Read the Frost & Sullivan report
> Learn more about PowerBroker Password Safe
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Failing the Security Basics: Backoff Point-of-Sale Malware

Posted August 22, 2014    Marc Maiffret

At the beginning of this month, US-CERT issued a security alert relating to a string of breaches that had been targeting Point of Sale (POS) systems. The alert details that attackers were leveraging brute forcing tools to target common remote desktop applications such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Splashtop and LogMeIn among others….

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Troubleshooting Windows Privilege Management Rules with Policy Monitor

Posted August 21, 2014    Jason Silva

When defining and testing PowerBroker for Windows rules for production or pilots, customers sometimes tell us, “I don’t think this policy / program is working.” This is usually a case of the policy not properly triggering because of the way the rule was created. A unique feature of PowerBroker for Windows compared to other solutions is a client-side…

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BeyondTrust Webcast: Darren Mar-Elia’s 4 Active Directory Change Scenarios to Track

Posted August 20, 2014    Chris Burd

In our latest webcast, we joined Darren Mar-Elia, CTO at SDM Software, to discuss best practices for Active Directory (AD) change management. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation, followed by a link to a full-length video of the presentation. Mar-Elia kicks things off with a critical insight: that the best AD change management…

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