Unix and Linux systems present high-value targets for external attackers and malicious insiders alike. This much we know: You should expect to be breached if you share accounts, provide unfettered root access, or let files and sessions go unmonitored. Gaining root or other privileged credentials makes it easy for attackers to fly under the radar and access sensitive systems and data; the risk only increases as attack surfaces expand, perimeters vanish, attackers get smarter, and compliance pressures mount. For sure it's a difficult balance to strike – eliminating root account sharing, limiting who has access to root privileges, and monitoring sessions – all without hindering administrator productivity.
What’s the right solution for managing Unix / Linux server admin rights?
To close the gap between user productivity and security on Unix/Linux systems, many organizations naturally turn to sudo. But sudo operates only at the command level, not the system level, leaving system processes – like the execution of scripts – exposed and allowing the execution of specific binaries or access to sensitive areas of the file system.
Product review: PowerBroker for Unix & Linux
With Unix/Linux security risks and sudo’s limitations in mind, leading industry analyst firm KuppingerCole has reviewed PowerBroker for Unix & Linux, BeyondTrust’s gold-standard solution for Unix/Linux privilege management. The report reviews the products core capabilities and strengths, including:
- Strong capabilities for managing privileged access to Unix and Linux systems
- Excellent support for a broad variety of Linux and Unix flavors
- Strong logging, auditing, and analytics capabilities
- Good integration across product portfolio
- Deep integration into target platforms due to their host-centric approach
Take a look at this report and learn why KuppingerCole says PowerBroker for Unix & Linux, “definitely counts amongst the leading-edge products in this market segment, being mature, feature-rich, and with new innovations being regularly deployed.”
Contact Beyondtrust today to gain greater control and visibility over your Unix and Linux security.
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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.