Steps hackers take to infiltrate Windows infrastructures & least privilege application control
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT
If there is a weakness in your IT security system, wouldn't it be better to find it before someone else does? The best way to do this is to put ourselves into the hacker's role and perform all the activities they would do as well. Of course it requires some very specific knowledge that may be hard to learn when our work focuses more on creating than destroying, but the results will give us a perspective on what other people with bad intentions can see.
Join this 40 minute journey as our speakers uncover the darker side of IT security and propose solutions to close down dangerous security loopholes:
By way of example, learn what hackers attack first when planning to invade your IT infrastructure, including: use of administrative privileges, installing malware tools, and how hashes/tokens are harvested for penetration. Paula will focus on how hackers gained deep access in some of the more recently publicized security breaches, such as gaining the highest level of administrative privilege computer servers.
Explain the risks related to both least privilege and application control, and why combining them provides the most impressive technical solution for securing endpoints.
Show how administrator rights can be removed and only approved applications will be allowed to run with escalated rights.
Demonstrate unclassified application greylist forensics using file history in a “monitoring mode” – determine if applications require admin rights, further check file integrity with Palo Alto, FireEye and Check Point, and build trusted software sources.
You’ll walk away understanding how to close down dangerous security loopholes and add a fortified level of security to protect against sophisticated zero-day attacks, malware, advanced persistent threats and other application-based exploits.
Paula Januszkiewicz, IT Security Auditor, Enterprise Security MVP, and Microsoft Security Trusted Advisor
Alex Shoykhet, VP of Product Management, Viewfinity
Best Practices for Removing Admin Rights: A Step-by-Step Approach
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT
Careful control of administrator rights in the very foundation of IT Security. Allowing admin rights exposes a dangerous security risk, creating an easy entry point for advanced persistent threats, zero-day attacks and sophisticated malware. By removing admin rights and managing privilege needs automatically, organizations can close this fundamental and overly exploited security loophole. Jason Forgione, Viewfinity Security Engineer, will outline a step-by-step phased approach to removing admin rights and managing privilege elevation needs automatically.
Best practices for making this transition as smooth as possible including identifying who, when, and where, admin rights are being utilized within the environment, the automatic detection of applications requiring elevated privileges, automatically creating aggregated policies to handle the majority of needs, and handling future needs/exceptions, as well as management & compliance reporting. Following the presentation Jason will answer audience questions related to these transitions and best practices.
How Hackers Exploit Admin Rights to Access Your Systems
Speaker: Marcus Murray | August 20 at 11:30 AM EDT
One of the top reasons, if not the number 1 reason, why an attacker can penetrate your environment and cause a security breach is due to excessive administrative privileges. If you have not removed administrative rights from your IT environment, you’ll want to attend this webinar during which the methods outlined below will be demonstrated to show how attackers use exploit admin rights, manipulate security credentials, and hack into your systems. Marcus Murray, renowned security expert and leader of the Truesec Security Team, an independent elite-team of security consultants operating all over the world. Situations to be explored include:
Client side exploit targets an endpoint and passwords hashes/tokens are harvested, infiltrates the domain controller, exposing vulnerability to data theft and malware installation
How Pass the Hash is used as an extremely common method hackers employ to use your own systems against you
Following Marcus’ demos on these security vulnerabilities, Alex Shoykhet, VP of Product Management for Viewfinity, will demonstrate how removing admin rights significantly decrease surface for security breaches. The speakers will summarize these exploits and open the discussion up for questions.
Security Vulnerabilities Associated With Having Local Administrator Privileges
Speaker: Paula Januszkiewicz | August 12 at 2:00 PM EDT
Paula Januszkiewicz, IT Security Auditor, Enterprise Security MVP, trainer (MCT) and Microsoft Security Trusted Advisor, will be conducting a discussion that centers on the security threats that are related to having excess local administrator privileges. The situations to be explored include:
Owned Identity: Grabbing users' Kerberos tickets
Extracting passwords from the operating system: who, where, and how
Pass-the-hash scenario where excessive admin rights are exploited to steal the credentials of an admin
After Paula's discussion, Alex Shoykhet, Viewfinity's VP of Product Management, will demonstrate how Viewfinity supports the principal of least privilege rights. He'll discuss how removing admin rights from users and managing privileges at a granular application level reduces the attack surface and helps to stop hackers in their tracks from using local administrative privileges as a back door to stealing credentials via pass-the-hash invasions.
Saving Time and Resources Managing Administrator Rights
Speaker John Pescatore | July 22 at 1:00 PM EDT
In this WhatWorks analysis, John Pescatore examines a use case where end users had local administrative rights on their PCs and it had gotten out of hand for this Fortune 500 Energy and Utilities company. The compelling event that prompted the company to reexamine this situation was the migration to Windows 7. In Windows XP, a custom tool that allowed users one of three levels of administrative rights to their workstations would need to be replaced during the Windows 7 deployment. The workstation Architect spearheaded a search for a Privilege Management product.
The Viewfinity solution he found allowed him to implement a process-based whitelist that supports a variety of more than 3,000 applications installed for business use and significantly decreased the manpower required to support user installation and privilege elevation requests. Local administrative rights have been removed and any user needs requiring administrative rights are handled automatically using the Viewfinity software ensuring we are always operating in a least risk environment.
Customer Use Case Review: Tullow Oil
July 16, 2014 at 9:30 am ET
Tullow Oil is a leading independent oil and gas, exploration and production group and is quoted on the London, Ghana and Irish Stock Exchanges (symbol: TLW.L). Headquartered in London, it is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in Europe with a focused portfolio of world-class assets. Tullow has interests in over 100 production and exploration licenses in 22 countries which are managed as three regional business units: West & North Africa, South & East Africa and Europe, South America and Asia.
The company's network includes 2300 desktops running more than 300 applications including 35 custom applications. There are also ~40 remote locations with hundreds of people travelling around the world on a daily basis. Providing administrator level rights across the machine enabled users to easily engage in tasks which could threaten the performance of the machine, open doors to infection or probing of the Tullow network and other unintended consequences.
Tullow Oil now has the ability to apply elevated permissions on a per application or per service basis. We'll explain how this increases IT's ability to maintain a standard desktop/laptop build globally, reducing pressure on our local IT teams to offer machine admin permissions and increase our overall network security.
Emerging Security Trends with John Pescatore
Speaker: John Pescatore | June 10 at 3:00 PM EDT
Threats are advancing constantly and users are demanding to use more devices and more cloud services. John Pescatore will give a data-driven presentation on the recent and future trends in advanced threats, and highlight the evolution (and some revolution) needed in security processes, architecture, and technology in order to protect the business in 2014 and beyond. The discussion will use the Critical Security Controls as the foundation of an approach to security that can deter more attacks, detect more quickly the ones that do get through and minimize the damage of attacks that go undetected.
John Pescatore joined SANS in January 2013, with 35 years of experience in computer, network and information security. He was Gartner's lead security analyst for more than 13 years, working with global 5000 corporations, government agencies and major technology and service providers. In 2008, he was named one of the top 15 most influential people in security and has testified before Congress on cybersecurity. Prior to joining Gartner Inc. in 1999, John was senior consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems. Prior to that, he spent 11 years with GTE developing secure computing and telecommunications systems. In 1985, he won a GTE-wide Warner Technical Achievement award. Mr. Pescatore began his career at the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the United States Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems--and the occasional ballistic armor installation. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and is an NSA-certified cryptologic engineer. He is an Extra class amateur radio operator, callsign K3TN.
Saving Time and Resources Managing Administrator Rights with a Process-based Whitelist Model
Speaker: John Pescatore | June 05 at 1:00 PM EDT
In this WhatWorks analysis, John Pescatore examines a use case where end users had local administrative rights on their PCs and it had gotten out of hand for this Fortune 500 Energy and Utilities company. The compelling event that prompted the company to reexamine this situation was the migration to Windows 7. In Windows XP, a custom tool that allowed users one of three levels of administrative rights to their workstations would need to be replaced during the Windows 7 deployment. The workstation Architect spearheaded a search for a Privilege Management product. The Viewfinity solution he found allowed him to implement a process-based whitelist that supports a variety of more than 3,000 applications installed for business use and significantly decreased the manpower required to support user installation and privilege elevation requests. Local administrative rights have been removed and any user needs requiring administrative rights are handled automatically using the Viewfinity software ensuring we are always operating in a least risk environment.
The user in this case study served as the Workstation Architect for his company. In his role, he was responsible for all aspects of the project to migrate the company from Windows XP to Windows 7. This included leading the teams that gathered requirements, designed solutions and implemented the project corporate wide. Other responsibilities included oversight of the solutions for software packaging and delivery and the Citrix environment.
Defend Against Breaches with CA and Viewfinity: Privileged Identity Management and Least Privilege Application Control
May 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT
Security breaches are driving the need to manage and audit privileged user accounts, all the way from the “gate-keeper” via password management control, through to the specific privileges and application access via least privilege management principles.
When CA ControlMinder is used in combination with Viewfinity’s Privilege Management and Application Control solutions, the proven technologies together reduce the risks associated with privileged identities. CA ControlMinder protects servers by enabling organizations to enforce accountability for their administrators, prevent password theft and sharing. Viewfinity provides fully automated application control features and administrative privilege capabilities. Jointly, enterprises benefit from a comprehensive solution available for tracking and auditing all privileged and administrative activities, passwords and elevated privilege policies across an organization's entire infrastructure. The solution spans Windows-based endpoints, to UNIX, Linux and Windows servers, hypervisors, virtual machines, remote based-endpoints and other systems within the organization.
In this joint webinar, we will show how the two products work together to protect companies who require fully automated password management and privileged account auditing along with application monitoring, whitelisting and elevation of privileges for specific applications and tasks in a least privilege environment.
Eliminating Admin Rights - Learn From Your Peers via Actual Use Cases
April 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT
Certain Windows applications and desktop functions require local administrative privileges in order to run and function properly on a desktop or laptop. But granting full admin rights creates a less secure environment and opens the door for malicious hackers and viruses. During this webcast, three use case scenarios will be presented by IT professionals who will share how they approached their projects to eliminate admin rights. They will walk through their research, solution and results.
Use case scenarios
1. Movado: lessened malware invasions and thus reduced support calls and enhanced endpoint security.
2. Indian Prairie School District: removed rights to better manage & secure 10,000+ PCs spread over 35 locations.
3. Energy & Utilities Fortune 500 company: removed admin rights during Windows 7 rollout.
Attendees will 1) learn how to resolve the administrative privileges problem without jeopardizing your network; 2) how to automatically control user rights for applications and systems which require elevated permissions; 3) be shown a brief demonstration of the solution they put in place to manage admin rights.
A Case Study: Hear How a Customer Is Actively Managing Admin Rights in a Least Privilege Environment
Speaker: Phillip Stasko, March 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT
Join Phillip Stasko as he shares how he removed administrative rights from all desktops and laptops in his organization. Phil will describe how he was able to effectively remove administrator rights from all employees without impeding user productivity, and how he supports their least risk environment with a lean IT Staff of only three support members responsible for 500+ endpoints spanning 35 geographically disbursed branch offices.
Phil willl describe his challenges and how the Viewfinity solution helps him improve the company’s endpoint security, and how Apex has experienced a significant savings in desktop management costs.
Viewfinity will also demonstrate its Privilege Management product. We’ll show how IT administrators can manage and assign administrative privilege permissions in a locked down environment to specific applications and desktop functions through granular control of administrator rights.
A Use Case Cause and Effect IT Security Discussion: Windows Admin Privileges and Application Control
Speaker: Derek Malber, MVP - Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 2:00 PM EST
Join us for a use case presentation probing into the cause and effect of IT security loopholes created by Windows local admin privileges and the lack of application control. In this webcast Derek Melber, MVP, will explain how combining least privilege and application control can provide an optimal solution for securing endpoints. Take away: companies can make the decision to remove local admin privileges for users and control which applications are allowed without impeding productivity.