Best Quest Alternative

Best Quest Alternative

Looking for a Quest Alternative? If you’ve been following STEALTHbits and our achievements in the Active Directory Management and Security space, you know we’ve been on a Quest to become your go-to Active Directory security solution provider and Quest Alternative. At STEALTHbits, we believe customers deserve the most innovative solutions and creative capabilities on the market, as well as a partner who will help you make informed decisions about the solutions you’re investing in. Most importantly, we believe you should…

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Are Weak Passwords Putting You At Risk?

Are Weak Passwords Putting You At Risk?

Credentials and data: two common denominators that are present in almost every breach scenario. Unfortunately for all of us, attackers are well aware that you can’t have one without the other. Getting to the mother lode is simple, really. Step 1: Crack the password. Step 2: Obtain credentials. And that’s why an organization’s password requirements and policies should always be under intense scrutiny. But herein lies a problem. What if an organization has “complex” criteria in place, but the output…

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Part 4: Are You Securing Active Directory?

Part 4: Are You Securing Active Directory?

What Keeps You Up at Night? Insights from a Ponemon Data Access Governance Study: Are You Securing Active Directory? As an IT professional, you’ve likely made a number of different investments to protect the data within your organization. In order to help with the provisioning of user access rights, you may have invested in an Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution. You’ve likely adopted a SIEM and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) platform as well. And you should!  These technologies provide…

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Part 3: Are Users Putting Your Sensitive Data at Risk?

Part 3: Are Users Putting Your Sensitive Data at Risk?

What Keeps You Up at Night? Insights from a Ponemon Data Access Governance Study: Are Users Putting Your Sensitive Data at Risk? Previously in this blog series, we talked about understanding your organization’s data footprint. We also discussed methodologies for identifying where sensitive data exists. At this point, you’re probably realizing how much data lives across your organization and wondering… who is accessing all this information? The concern now isn’t solely about the data itself, but rather that users within…

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RID Hijacking: When Guests Become Admins

RID Hijacking: When Guests Become Admins

Securing Windows workstations and servers should be a priority for any organization; preventing a machine from getting compromised and being used to move laterally within an environment is a major concern. What happens when a machine is already compromised? A persistence method called ‘RID Hijacking’ is a way for an attacker to persist within your environment by granting the Guest account, or another local account, local administrator privileges by ‘hijacking’ the RID (relative identifier) of the Administrator account. Creating persistence…

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Part 2: Is Your Unstructured Data Safe?

Part 2: Is Your Unstructured Data Safe?

What Keeps You Up at Night? Insights from a Ponemon Data Access Governance Study: Is Your Unstructured Data Safe? In Part 1 of this blog series, we uncovered a lurking fear among administrators everywhere: the unknown of unstructured data. Over 60% of people do not know where their unstructured data lives across their organization. This is particularly scary because unstructured data accounts for over 80% of all data within any organization. Fortunately, as we discussed previously, there are tried and…

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Extended Data Classification Support for Nasuni, Dropbox, and Exchange Online in StealthAUDIT v8.2

Extended Data Classification Support for Nasuni, Dropbox, and Exchange Online in StealthAUDIT v8.2

Of the many enhancements we packed into this upcoming release of StealthAUDIT (version 8.2), extending our Sensitive Data Discovery capabilities and platform support for performing Data Classification remained high on our list of priorities. Coupled with 51 new GDPR-specific pattern definitions spanning all 28 EU countries and others as well (oh, and we don’t charge separately for those), StealthAUDIT v8.2 now enables organizations to discover and classify over 400 different file types stored in Nasuni UniFS Hybrid NAS, NFS-formatted file…

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ProTip – Gain Visibility into How Users Access Unstructured Data

ProTip – Gain Visibility into How Users Access Unstructured Data

Gain Visibility – How are Users Accessing Your Unstructured Data? Recently, STEALTHbits Technologies partnered with the Ponemon Institute to create a report on “The 2018 Study on the State of Data Access Governance”. The report highlighted and outlined the current state of Data Access Governance (DAG) in organizations, as well as the effect that it could have to reduce risk of exposure of confidential data. The findings are very interesting and I personally suggest you give it a read to…

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The Top 5+1 Things You Should do to Harden Your Active Directory Infrastructure

The Top 5+1 Things You Should do to Harden Your Active Directory Infrastructure

Microsoft Active Directory (AD) is the central credential store for 90% of organizations worldwide.  As the gate keeper to business applications and data, it’s not just everywhere, it’s everything!  Managing AD is an ongoing, never-ending task, and securing it is even harder.  At STEALTHbits, we talk to a lot of customers who are using our tools to manage and secure AD, and over the years, several key strategies for tightening up security and hardening AD to resist attacks have emerged….

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What Keeps You Up at Night? Insights from a Ponemon Data Access Governance Study

What Keeps You Up at Night? Insights from a Ponemon Data Access Governance Study

Part 1: Do You Know Where Your Data Lives? Thinking of all the data that lives across your organization? It’s a spooky thought. According to a recent Ponemon study on the current state of Data Access Governance (DAG), 62% of people have no confidence or little confidence of where users are storing unstructured data. On the surface, it might seem like a daunting task to figure out where all your data lives. However, with the right tools and a plan,…

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