Vulnerability-Based Application Management (VBAM) ExplainedPowerBroker for Windows contains a patented feature call Vulnerability-Based Application Management (VBAM). Unlike traditional vulnerability assessment solutions, or even job-based vulnerability assessment agents that perform a full assessment as a snapshot in time, PowerBroker for Windows VBAM operates in real time. Based on the Retina vulnerability database, PowerBroker for Windows monitors user runtime for applications executed and compares the launch of an application to the database. If the executable, dynamic link library or registry matches any known vulnerability based on the application entering memory and interacting with the user and system, the vulnerability is flagged, an event is sent to the BeyondInsight management console, and automated actions are performed if deemed necessary. For example, if the application contains a critical vulnerability over 30 days old, and/or in violation of PCI DSS 3.2 standards, it can:
- Block or deny the application’s execution
- Notify the end user of the risk with instructions
- Allow the program to execute with an alert to an admin to begin a new workflow for remediation
- Prompt for a secondary justification accepting the risk
VBAM Tells You What the Vulnerability Risks Are and What Privileges Are Being UsedPowerBroker for Windows performs vulnerability assessment in real time based on the applications an end user runs versus just a snapshot in time using a scheduled job. The results can be reported on within BeyondInsight as another source of vulnerability data to provide a profile of the risky behavior being executed above and beyond just basic asset risk data. For example, if Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, and FireFox are all loaded on a single asset, all have known vulnerabilities, but the end user only uses Chrome, VBAM will report Chrome risks and ignore the others since the end user never executes the other browsers. A full vulnerability assessment will reveal all of them but the user’s behavior tied to Chrome usage is the real immediate threat and should be remediated first to minimize the risk. This is the power of VBAM – in real time: What are the vulnerability risks and what privileges are being used. PowerBroker for Windows is much more than a least privilege solution. It can do a real-time vulnerability assessment, Windows event log monitoring, session recording, keystroke logging, and even quarantine applications. If you are looking to secure your assets beyond traditional end protection products, consider PowerBroker for Windows. Minimizing threats by removing unnecessary administrative and monitoring for vulnerabilities can substantially decrease your asset’s, and user’s, risk surface. For more on how BeyondTrust can help secure all your Windows devices, contact us today.
Morey J. Haber, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust
Morey J. Haber is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored four Apress books: Privileged Attack Vectors (2 Editions), Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. In 2018, Bomgar acquired BeyondTrust and retained the BeyondTrust name. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust strategy for privileged access management and remote access solutions. In 2004, he joined eEye as Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and named customer accounts. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.