Legacy Software- Upgrades and VulnerabilitiesIt is no secret that federal information systems are aging and managing them is a timely and costly proposition. If you review many of the FITRA and FISMA IG audits you’ll see that managing vulnerabilities in these environments is a concern. Many of you likely have older versions of software in your environment and need to upgrade to the latest version, but doing so with hundreds or even thousands of users turns this into a daunting task. With Powerbroker for Windows you are able to quickly and easily create rules that provided users the administrative privilege to uninstall old software and install new software without the need for administrative credentials. The solution allows you to create a robust set of “canned” rules to allow background update services to install updates and patches. This will have a profound impact on the number of vulnerabilities in your applications.
Elevating Specific ApplicationsMany of our government agencies have cases where one user, or several users need to launch an application with administrator privileges on a specific machine or group of machines. However, they don’t need full time administrator privileges or access to the username and password of a local administrator account as part of their day to day duties. PowerBroker Windows allows an agency to elevate the specific application to launch with administrative privileges without the user ever obtaining the username and password for a local administrator account. This least privilege solution prevents the user from login to the computer with an administrator account, or gaining administrator-level access to everything on the machine. They also do not have the ability to launch or install other applications using the “Run-As” function. Safe, secure as needed access. If your agency is ready to explore how to mitigate Federal data breach risks—without impacting user workflows or productivity, contact us for a strategy session.
Scott Lang, Sr. Director, Product Marketing at BeyondTrust
Scott Lang has nearly 20 years of experience in technology product marketing, currently guiding the product marketing strategy for BeyondTrust’s privileged account management solutions and vulnerability management solutions. Prior to joining BeyondTrust, Scott was director of security solution marketing at Dell, formerly Quest Software, where he was responsible for global security campaigns, product marketing for identity and access management and Windows server management.