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Kevin Joyce is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Stealthbits - now part of Netwrix. He is responsible for building and delivering on the roadmap of Stealthbits products and solutions. Kevin is passionate about cyber-security and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Forensics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Running LAPS in the Race to Security

Managed Passwords for Local Administrator Accounts What is Microsoft LAPS? Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) is a password manager that utilizes Active Directory to manage and rotate passwords for local Administrator accounts across all of your Windows endpoints. LAPS is a great mitigation tool against lateral movement and privilege escalation, by forcing all local […]

Defender Credential Guard: Protecting Your Hashes

Virtualization-Based Security to Protect Your Secrets What is Windows Defender Credential Guard? Windows Defender Credential Guard is a security feature in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2016 and above that uses virtualization-based security to protect your credentials. With Credential Guard enabled, only trusted, privileged applications and processes are allowed to access user secrets, or […]

WDigest Clear-Text Passwords: Stealing More Than a Hash

What happens when a malicious user has access to more than just an NTLM hash? What is WDigest? Digest Authentication is a challenge/response protocol that was primarily used in Windows Server 2003 for LDAP and web-based authentication. It utilizes Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Simple Authentication Security Layer (SASL) exchanges to authenticate. At a high […]

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 […]



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