Privilege Guard 3.0 Reporting Pack Preview

Last week I gave you a sneak preview of Privilege Guard 3.0 (Edit: now Defendpoint), which will be released at the start of the New Year. We will also be releasing two new add on modules for Privilege Guard, and today I want to give you a preview of the Reporting Pack module.

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Desktop Misadventures

Bradley Manning – the Private who’s accused of downloading 110,000 U.S. State Department cables to his PC, copying them to a removable drive and then passing the information to Wikileaks – has been in the news again this week as his trial begins. The incident highlights a massive security failing by the U.S. military.

In the first instance, Manning’s ability to view classified data that he had no need to access, and secondly the capability to copy the information undetected from his workstation. While a somewhat extreme case of the unpleasant consequences desktop privileges can have for an employee, I recently stumbled across a post in an IT forum that demonstrated a similar problem – but in the corporate world.

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Privilege Guard 3.0 Sneak Peek

As we approach the end of 2011, the Avecto product development team have been busy putting the finishing touches to Privilege Guard 3.0 (Edit: now Defendpoint), along with two brand new modules for Privilege Guard – the Privilege Guard Reporting Pack and the Privilege Guard McAfee ePO Integration Pack. On the run up to Christmas we’ll be giving you a sneak preview of all this exciting new technology, which you can get your hands on at the start of the New Year.

First up is Privilege Guard 3.0, with a new look management console that is both striking to look at and wonderfully intuitive. As you move beyond the obvious visual enhancements, you will find full search capabilities, which allow you to quickly locate policy items and navigate to them with ease.

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Who’s in Charge of User Account Control?

Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report (SIR) v10, published in May this year, revealed figures that show Windows 7 is the company’s most secure operating system, reporting that the OS suffered fewer security incidents per 1000 computers than any other supported version of Windows in 2010. Windows 7 64-bit edition had 2.5 infections per 1000 computers, with 32-bit Windows 7 coming in at 3.8. This compared to 15.9 infections for Windows XP SP3 and 19.3 for XP SP2.

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Protecting Against Kernel-mode Rootkits with Avecto and McAfee

Kernel-mode rootkits install themselves deep inside the operating system. They often use cloaking techniques to hide themselves and other malware to prevent detection or removal. The introduction of kernel patch protection in 64-bit Windows made it more difficult for kernel-mode rootkits to infect the operating system, but the threat has not been completely removed, and rootkits have already penetrated 64-bit Windows.

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