BeyondTrust PowerBroker for Windows Introduces New Ways to Help IT Security Teams Manage Access Policy
May 2018 by Marc Jacob
BeyondTrust announced two new features in PowerBroker for Windows that help IT administrators manage privileged access by automating their security policies.
With an increase in stolen credentials as the cause of many of today’s data breaches and hacking attacks, according to the Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, organizations must remain vigilant in their execution of security policies across the enterprise. Considering the sheer volume of potential endpoints an organization must manage when implementing least privilege rules and the complexities associated with developing rules based on users’ needs and privileged elevation requirements, an automated solution speeds the time to value and reduces the risk of inconsistent or incomplete policies.
PowerBroker Policy Accelerator, a new and revolutionary capability of the PowerBroker for Windows solution, intelligently identifies new applications and privilege elevation requirements based on real activities in the network and user event logs and subsequently automates the process of defining and generating the necessary policy rules.
Additionally, PowerBroker for Windows version 7.5 includes enhanced protections against rogue scripts by allowing only those with an approved signature and other specified criteria to run. This capability is essential for scripts that manage configurations or provide privileged access to resources. Combined with Application-to-Application scripts like those used with PowerBroker Password Safe, companies can validate whether a script has been tampered with before it is granted authorization for password or application use. This enhancement not only helps administrators and users, it helps next-generation initiatives for DevOps automate Windows environments embarking on digital transformation journeys.
PowerBroker for Windows version 7.5 also now supports Microsoft Windows 10 April Update 2018, allowing IT admins to remain up to date on the latest Windows OS. This compatibility update demonstrates BeyondTrust’s commitment to staying in lockstep with the Microsoft community.
With the latest version of PowerBroker for Windows, IT administrators can achieve the following:
• Reduced Attack Surfaces – Decrease attack surfaces by removing admin rights from end users and employing fine-grained policy controls for all privileged access.
• Continuous Monitoring – Monitor and audit sessions for unauthorized access and/or changes to files, directories, and lateral movement.
• Analyze Behavior – Detect suspicious users, accounts and asset activities through behavior analysis and Vulnerability-Based Application Management (VBAM).
PowerBroker for Windows version 7.5, including the free Policy Accelerator capability, is available now along with support for the latest versions of Windows 10.