Windows Auditing and Security BeyondTrust has released version 5.0 of PowerBroker Auditing & Security Suite, our solution for centralized real-time change auditing for Active Directory, File Systems, Exchange, and SQL, and recovery of Active Directory objects or attributes. This new release features some exciting enhancements – especially around efficiency and usability. But first… you may be asking, Did you rename the Suite? Yes! We renamed the Suite from PowerBroker Management Suite to PowerBroker Auditing & Security Suite in April 2016 to better align with the two most important drivers for our customers purchasing this suite – auditing changes and ensure security. Rest assured, the features and capabilities in the Auditing & Security Suite are only getting better. Read on to learn more about what’s new in version 5.0, or check out the new features document.

Audit Event Translation Enhancement Enable Easier Review of Event Details for Non-Technical Users

PowerBroker Auditor has always provided rich details about audited activity. With the 5.0 release, each audit event has been provided a translation which enables less technical users to understand what activity has occurred while still maintaining all the advanced details system administrators require. See the screenshot below for audit event translation details on the right-hand side of the screen. doc-pbas-event-translation This enhancement enables organizations to customize and adapt when internal application with customer schema extensions require translation.

Enhanced Auditing for PowerBroker for Windows Customers at No Additional Cost

PowerBroker for Windows customers that utilize Group Policy for pushing least privilege policies to their users requested additional auditing for those policies. With PowerBroker Auditor & Security Suite, any change to a PowerBroker for Windows policy is captured with details of the pre and post value. Please see the screenshot below for a representation of this functionality. PowerBroker for Windows Auditing This added functionality is available to PowerBroker for Windows customers at no additional cost and provides a seamless upgrade as you decide to expand your Active Directory auditing requirements.

Redesigned Web User Interface Improves Efficiency and Usability

PowerBroker Auditing & Security Suite version 5.0 introduces enhancements to the web application focused on simplifying the user experience and making it function more like the desktop application. Many of the capabilities added with this release take advantage of the changes to audit event translation, which makes finding an understanding audit activity easier. A few of these enhancements include:
  • Intelligent searching – An overhaul to the ‘what’ in the 4 W’s of changes (who, what, when, and where) criteria now allows customers to filter what they are searching for based on a user-friendly description of the change activity.
  • User preferences – Users now have over a dozen customizable preferences from colorblind options to column order. This option enables a consistent experience for users.
With these enhancements, PowerBroker customers will realize greater efficiency and usability.

Custom Email Alerting Templates Provide Flexibility to Meet Individual Needs

Every customer has their own requirements for notifying stakeholders of changes. Two scenarios where is this especially relevant include:
  • The ability to customize alert emails to match a corporate standard.
  • A single place to go to adjust the notification email address should it need to change.
In version 5.0, PowerBroker Auditing & Security Suite addresses both of these requirements. PowerBroker enables administrators to design templates in HTML which allows them to add corporate logos, colors, hyperlinks, bolding and a variety of other formatting needs. Additionally, admins have the option for simple plain text email notifications. As well, PowerBroker now enables admins to customize a variety of templates and add desired recipients. If a recipient address needs to change, the admin could leverage find-and-replace capability to find and append, replace, or remove the required recipients. These new capabilities help IT teams know who is using the alerts, and how the alerts are being used, providing flexibility around alerting. Check out the new features document for a complete rundown of new features and capabilities, and if you would like to learn more about PowerBroker Auditing & Security Suite, let us know!