What is ERP (Enterprise Resources Planning) System

In video shown below we would like to explaining in short-details about what is ERP system and how ERP system enchancing and improving your efficiency and effectiveness of your business in very easy way.


Best Practices to Control Your Privileged Users

Privileged identities have emerged as the primary target for cyber attacks and have been exploited to perpetrate the most destructive data breaches in recent years. That’s why monitoring the actions of privileged users has become a key part of enterprise risk management. It is a challenging excercise however. The following best practices can give you a helping hand to mitigate the risks related to your superusers, and to gain real benefits from a Privileged Activity Monitoring (PAM) solution:

1. Adopt the least-privilege principle
Give a user account only those privileges which are essential to that user’s work.

2. Use “God mode” only in emergency
Generally, system administrators do not need unlimited access to the systems they manage. Lock up your superuser (root, admin, system, and so on) accounts and use them only if absolutely needed.

3. Personalize every single account
Make personal accountability possible among your privileged users. The first step to this is minimizing the number of shared accounts. The second rule is that shared-account passwords must not themselves be shared. Then, you can go on with elaboration of functional areas, detecting incompatibilities and segregating of duties.

4. Limit the number of systems in scope for each person’s privileged accounts
System administrators should have superuser privileges only on the systems that are needed – what is consistent with business and operational needs. This is a common audit recommendation.

5. Build a central user monitoring infrastructure
Log management or SIEM solutions do not capture all the necessary information. The easiest way to eliminate these blind spots is to use a Privileged Activity Monitoring solution, which augments the existing logs by showing precisely what the user did (as opposed to the technical results of what he did).

6. Implement an independent and transparent activity monitoring device
Implement an independent PAM tool that operates transparently, and extracts the audit information directly from the communication of the client and the server. This prevents anyone from modifying the audited information – not even the administrator of the device can tamper the encrypted audit trails. Your existing IT environment requires no change and your staff can do their day-to-day jobs without changing their working habits.

7. Use strong authentication and authorization for privileged accounts
Where superuser privileges are assigned to personal accounts, protect those accounts with strong authentication methods. Full-blown system administrators should use higher-assurance methods such as public keys or X.509 smart tokens. To avoid accidental misconfiguration and other human error, certain PAMs support the 4-eyes authorization principle as well. This is achieved by requiring an authorizer to track the administrator actions on the server.

8. Control remote access in detail
The most secure way is to control who can access what and when based on the protocol being used. With the right PAM solution it is possible to control file-transfers and other unusual traffic. For example, you can allow or deny protocol channels such as disk sharing, port-forwards or file-transfers based on the group-membership of the user, or the time of day.

9. Prevent malicious actions in real-time
Advanced PAM solutions can monitor the traffic of remote connections in real time, and execute various actions if a certain pattern (for example, a suspicious command or text) appears in the command line or on the screen. In case of risky user action, the device can send an e-mail alert to you or immediately terminate the connection. For example, it can block the connection before a harmful administrator command, such as “delete” is executed on the server.

10. Improve forensics with movie-like playback and fast search
Advanced PAM tools can replay the recorded sessions just like a movie – all actions of the users can be seen exactly as they appeared on their monitor. They enable fast forwarding during replays, searching for events (for example, typed commands or pressing Enter) and texts seen by the user. In case of any problems (database manipulation, unexpected shutdown, and so on), the circumstances of the event are available in the audit trails, thus the cause of the incident can be easily identified.

BalaBit’s privileged activity monitoring appliance, the Shell Control Box helps you fulfill the above guidelines.

BalaBit Secures $8M for Business-Friendly IT Security

NEW YORK, June 18, 2014 – BalaBit (www.balabit.com), a Europe-based IT security innovator, has raised a $8 million Series A round of funding to speed up the development and expansion of its pioneering IT security platforms. The new investment will be used to fuel BalaBit’s international expansion in North America and additional European markets including the UK and Scandinavia. The cash was raised from London based C5 Capital, Europe’s first dedicated investor in the security and data sector.

Using the strong financial backing by C5 Capital, BalaBit aims to aggressively establish its revolutionary new security concept called Contextual Security Intelligence™ on an international scale. Adopting new information technologies is the key factor of competitiveness today, and IT security is often complex for any company or organization. Security control can hinder IT projects and other business processes. In the last decade, companies invested significant amounts of money into monitoring technologies mainly for IT management and compliance reasons, but not for IT security. It seems that for companies today security means control, and this is what Contextual Security Intelligence aims to change and establish for business-friendly IT security.

“Control tools are often inefficient against human intelligence and behavior. Control is ideal to protect against automatic attacks executed by machines but often fails against individual behavior,” said Zoltán Györkő, CEO and co-founder of BalaBit.  “If IT security officers keep increasing the control, they will not be more successful in maintaining the required security level, and may encounter user resistance. Instead, they should explore what happens in their network and interfere if necessary. This is exactly what Contextual Security Intelligence is about. We are working hard to launch a new generation of IT security product to help companies focusing their security resources and replacing some old-school control tools, in the spirit of business efficiency.”

Control failures are in today’s headlines: Sony, Target, Adobe and eBay all had serious security breaches in spite of having sophisticated security controls. Often, the most costly data breaches are well-prepared crimes by insiders or by external attackers who gained internal access to get sensitive company data or infect the network. Read More …

Integration of Shell Control Box Improves and Secret Server Control and Visibility over Privileged Users’ Activities

New York, May 28, 2014– BalaBit IT Security (www.balabit.com) announced today its official technology alliance with Thycotic Software, provider of smart and effective privileged account management solutions for global organizations through integration of its Shell Control BoxTM, an activity monitoring appliance designed to control privileged access to remote servers and networking devices with Thycotic’s  flagship password management solution, Secret Server. The technology integration provides users of both products with improved, real-time threat protection and a deeper view into privileged users’ activity. Read More …