PowerBroker for Windows 7.4 and PowerBroker for Mac 1.4 Help Organizations Maintain Visibility and Control

Jason Silva, Product Manager
March 27th, 2018

The latest releases of BeyondTrust PowerBroker for Windows and PowerBroker for Mac feature several exciting enhancements around user behavior monitoring, user-based rules and policy, and third-party integration, giving users unmatched visibility and control over physical and virtual desktops and servers. Here are some highlights of the new features.

PowerBroker for Windows 7.4

User Behavior and Lateral Movement Tracking

News of data breaches, advanced persistent threats, and large-scale hacks remain a constant reminder that no organization is completely safe from cyber-attacks. A common theme of recent attacks is lateral movement – where attackers gain access to a machine within an organization and attempt to move through the network, ultimately gaining access to sensitive data and/or critical systems. Combatting these attacks can be challenging. PowerBroker for Windows version 7.4 provides assistance in the detection and prevention of user behavior related to these activities. With PowerBroker for Windows version 7.4, IT admins can leverage rules to identify activities related to suspicious lateral movement.

PowerBroker for Windows version 7.4 allows administrators to create rules which can monitor common attack vectors targeted during lateral movement attacks.

Lateral Movement Report

Lateral Movement Report

 

Enhanced Logging to Support Integration with PowerBroker Password Safe

PowerBroker for Windows, in unison with PowerBroker Password safe allows companies to securely launch an application as an alternate user in place of the default action of a PBW rule without exposing privileged credentials. This integration also acts as a password change agent for Password Safe in the event that a network-based password cycle fails, most often a result of lack of connectivity. PowerBroker for Windows version 7.4 provides additional logging of these activities to provide a better audit and compliance trail.

With PowerBroker for Windows version 7.4, events like a Password change are written to the event log.

Enhanced Compatibility with Third-Party Security Software

Security software is an ever-changing landscape, with new solutions reaching the market. In order to future-proof your security portfolio investment, PowerBroker for Windows is designed to complement your security portfolio— for what you have now, as well as plan for in the future. PowerBroker for Windows version 7.4 has further enhanced its third-party security software compatibility settings.

PowerBroker for Mac 1.4 Highlights

MacOS High Sierra Support (10.13.x)

PowerBroker for Mac now offers support for MacOS High Sierra (10.13x). This provides parity functionality with previously supported versions of the OS and enables organizations to confidently and securely adopt the latest OS version without the risk of excessive user privileges.

Improve Security with User-based Rules and Policy

Central Policy, also referred to as BeyondInsight or Web Services Mode, enables customers to manage their PowerBroker for Mac rule set. Until now this mode only allowed for targeting assets/computers. By following and targeting policy to a user, [in addition to machine-based policy], on whatever PBMac managed device they log into, companies can better ensure a consistent security model and user experience throughout their networks.

Stacking Policies Add Granularity to Policy via Web Services

Many organizations require greater granularity of access policy than what typical web services can provide. For example, every user in Company can perform a basic set of actions, but for a select group of computers in the Company, there should be a special set of policies applicable only to them. If they choose to use web services instead of Group Policy for policy management, the Company should have the same capability available to them and not be limited by a single policy set. PowerBroker for Mac version 1.4.0 adds greater granularity to policy management delivered through web services with new stacking policies.

For a complete demonstration of these new features and even more enhancements not mentioned here, read the PowerBroker for Windows and PowerBroker for Mac new features documents. And if you have any questions or would like a personalized demo, contact us today.

Jason Silva, Product Manager

Jason Silva brings over 20 years of IT experience to BeyondTrust, the last ten with the company. Currently serving as Product Manager for BeyondTrust’s Endpoint Security PAM products, he uses this knowledge to help design solutions that fill the critical and ever changing needs of our customers. Earlier in his career he found success as a software developer in a global consulting company and spent over four years managing IT and Regulatory Compliance in the banking industry.