The State of Microsoft Active Directory – Report by Forrester

The State of Microsoft Active Directory – Report by Forrester

Forrester just released The State of Microsoft Active Directory 2018 report by Merritt Maxim, and it’s definitely something that anyone interested in current state of Active Directory (AD) usage and where it’s going should read. Here are some of the key takeaways summarized by the report: Demand for Cloud Based AD is growing. On-prem AD is still dominant in the enterprise, but as cloud deployments of applications and services grow, AD in the cloud is growing with them. If you…

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Announcing StealthDEFEND 1.1

Announcing StealthDEFEND 1.1

Point releases are not usually a big deal. And while we could have quietly released the latest version of our real-time threat analytics and alerting component of the STEALTHbits’ Data Access Governance suite, the team worked hard to incorporate the feedback we received and make significant strides. The cyber security industry skills gap continues to increase; some, myself included believe that skills are not the only shortage we face. Many security challenges are becoming too complex to solve via traditional…

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2018 Threat Hunting Report

2018 Threat Hunting Report

67% of organizations are not confident in their ability to uncover insider threats? In response to new challenges, threat hunting is a developing security practice that focuses on proactively detecting and isolating advanced threats. Detecting, preventing and mitigating “insider threats” is the most common reason for an organization to have a threat hunting program. However, in practice, what some call an “insider threat,” others may call “internal security monitoring.” Definitions of what an insider threat is can range from internal…

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3 Zero-Cost Tactics That Make it Difficult for Attackers to Move Laterally

3 Zero-Cost Tactics That Make it Difficult for Attackers to Move Laterally

Trying to Prevent Lateral Movement on a Budget? They say the best things in life are free. And whether you believe it or not, it’s got to be true at least every once in a while, right?  Well, when it comes to securing your credentials and data, there are in fact a number of things you can do that are not only highly effective, but cost conscious. Not to oversimplify some otherwise complex concepts and subjects, there are three things…

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Gain System Access and Persistence with SQL Native Attacks – SQL Attacks

Gain System Access and Persistence with SQL Native Attacks – SQL Attacks

What to Do with Your New SQL Kingdom In the last posts, we explored ways to gain access to MS SQL and to extract the data it contains. The fun thing with MS SQL, though, is that is just the start. Every application has a certain amount of access to other resources. Databases generally have a lot of low-level access to system since their whole purpose in life is to optimize access to data. That means augmenting some basic IO…

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Market Trends: Announcing StealthINTERCEPT 5.0 General Availability – With Enterprise Password Enforcer & LSASS Guardian™

Market Trends: Announcing StealthINTERCEPT 5.0 General Availability – With Enterprise Password Enforcer & LSASS Guardian™

Transforming Active Directory Security Five years ago we introduced the StealthINTERCEPT product line, to address the growing requirement for a comprehensive Active Directory change and access monitoring solution. We know that Active Directory is safest when it is clean, properly configured, closely monitored, and tightly controlled – that is exactly what StealthINTERCEPT has been successfully doing for its users. The security implications of a well maintained and monitored AD environment have significantly increased in the years since we first released…

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Compromise with PowerUpSQL – SQL Attacks

Compromise with PowerUpSQL – SQL Attacks

Completely Owning MS SQL Server If what you’re after is a toolkit to own Microsoft SQL Server from end to end, then what you need is PowerUpSQL. Implemented in PowerShell and as complete as they come, PowerUpSQL has tools to discover, compromise, elevate, target, and own just about any SQL system. It’s the whole kill chain in one tool. Just as I could have run all the initial discovery and compromise through metasploit but chose to break it up, I…

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Finding Microsoft SQL Server Targets – SQL Attacks

Finding Microsoft SQL Server Targets – SQL Attacks

After all the posts about attacking different parts of IT infrastructure, it seems impossible that we have never used nmap as a tool before. Nmap is one of the most reliable and well-known tools of the trade for attackers. More than that, it is used by security pros and IT admins for a huge number of tasks. In their own words, the makers of nmap say it is a “utility for network discovery and security auditing.” I think that sells…

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Attacking Microsoft SQL Server Databases

Attacking Microsoft SQL Server Databases

In the business of selling security solutions, not too long ago the phrase “defense in depth” dominated the messages. It was meant to evoke an image of defending each layer of the IT infrastructure with uniquely suited solutions. Now everyone recognizes that the notions about perimeter defenses are flawed. Real security is built in to everything, not wrapped around it. However, there are many corners of the IT stack that seem to still behave as if security is going to…

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Cover Your Six: Enhanced Visibility into Credential and Data Risks with StealthAUDIT v8.1

Cover Your Six: Enhanced Visibility into Credential and Data Risks with StealthAUDIT v8.1

Awareness is the first and most essential ingredient in any successful risk mitigation strategy.  StealthAUDIT v8.1 has been enhanced to extend your awareness into high risk conditions that can easily sneak up on you in three key ways: SQL Database Security – Discover, assess access, and monitor activity within SQL databases, scouring each for sensitive data that attackers are likely to target Weak Password Identification – Identify Active Directory user accounts leveraging passwords contained in publically available dictionaries and organizationally-defined…

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