June 28th, 2017

NotPetya ransomware: Attack analysis

On June 27, 2017 a number of organisations across Europe began reporting significant system outages caused by a ransomware strain referred to as Petya. The ransomware is very similar to older Petya ransomware attacks from previous years, but the infection and propagation method is new, leading to it being referred to as NotPetya. Due to the sudden and significant impact of the attack, it was immediately likened to the WannaCry outbreak causing concerns globally. 

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Add Hyperlinks to Messages in Privilege Guard 2.8

New to version 2.8 is the ability to include a hyperlink in the end user messages. This feature further extends the information that the IT department can provide to end users, by offering direct links to intranet portals and online helpdesks.

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Enterprise Security and Improved Usability with Privilege Guard 2.8

Today we are very pleased to announce the release of Privilege Guard 2.8 (Edit: now Defendpoint).

This new version is packed with exciting and innovative new features, which deliver enterprise security enhancements and improved usability. The world’s leading privilege management solution has just got a whole lot better!

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Deploying Privilege Guard with NetIQ GPA

Avecto Privilege Guard (Edit: now Defendpoint) is implemented as a Group Policy Extension, which allows it to integrate seamlessly with solutions that enable advanced management of Group Policy. This includes Microsoft’s Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), which is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), but other vendors have solutions in this space too, such as NetIQ with their Group Policy Administrator (GPA).

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Privilege Guard Master Class

I often get asked about best practices when configuring Privilege Guard (Edit: now Defendpoint), so I thought I’d take the time to demonstrate some of the flexible ways the product can be used to implement least privilege.

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Rules are made to be broken – IT security policy and controls

SMEs often manage without one, and larger companies have it in their staff handbooks, but an IT security policy without the controls to enforce it is of little value, and only useful for assigning blame when something inevitably goes awry.

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