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Monday, February 22, 2021

Introducing the Paramount Defenses Online Store

Folks, 

As CEO of Paramount Defenses, it is my privilege and pleasure to unveil, introduce and launch the Paramount Defenses Online Store - Paramount Defenses Opens Online Store to Empower Organizations Worldwide

For some time now, we've had many organizations from across the world request us to provide them the capability to buy Gold Finger and Gold Finger Mini licenses online, so we're launching our online store to empower organizations to do so.



Instant Purchases & Flexible Licensing

Starting today, you can now buy a license of any of our Active Directory Audit products online from anywhere in the world. 

In addition, we are also introducing the ability to buy short-term licenses of all our twelve Active Directory Audit products so that organizations and IT professionals can now easily license our products on a monthly, quarterly or an annual basis.

With flexible short-term licensing options, organizations, IT professionals and consultants can easily license any tool for as little as one month or a quarter, for a fraction of the cost of an annual license, thereby cost-effectively fulfilling their needs.

Our organizational customers will continue to have the option to acquire annual licenses that provide maximum savings.



Now Open

Our online store is now open to serve organizations in 150+ countries worldwide - https://store.paramountdefenses.com.


Best wishes,
Sanjay

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Introducing the Advanced Level of Gold Finger Mini

Folks, 

Today, I'd like to introduce you to the Advanced Level of Gold Finger Mini, quite possibly the world's most capable and powerful cyber security solution -
Gold Finger Mini is the world's only cyber security solution (other than Gold Finger) that can accurately and instantly find out and reveal exactly who has the most powerful privileged access in Active Directory and its Advanced Level offers eight unrivaled fully-automated Active Directory Privileged Access reports that instantly determine and reveal who can enact the most powerful administrative tasks in Active Directory.



Unrivaled Privileged Access Insight

The reports in the Advanced Level of Gold Finger Mini were designed to empower IT personnel, Cyber Security Auditors, Penetration Testers, Ethical Hackers and CISOs at organizations worldwide instantly and accurately determine exactly -

  1. Who can replicate secrets (password hashes) from an Active Directory domain?

  2. Who can reset any Active Directory domain user account's password?

  3. Who can disable the use of Smartcards on any Active Directory account?

  4. Who can change any Active Directory security group's membership?

  5. Who can change permissions on any Active Directory OU (Organizational Unit) ?

  6. Who can change any Active Directory computer account's SPNs (Service Principal Names)?

  7. Who can link a group policy (GPO) to any Active Directory OU?

  8. Who can create an Active Directory user account in any OU?

The cyber security intelligence that these reports uniquely deliver are absolutely essential for securing Active Directory.

However, what you may not know is that, contrary to popular belief, it is very difficult to accurately find out who can enact these privileged tasks in Active Directory, because to do so, one needs to determine Active Directory effective permissions.

Gold Finger Mini is simply the world's only cyber security solution (other than Gold Finger) that can accurately determine effective permissions in Active Directory and accurately make these paramount determinations, at the touch of a button, so now everyone can instantly find out exactly who has the most powerful privileged access in any Active Directory. 




Instant, Unrivaled High-Value Intelligence

As you know, such critical information can be very valuable if you're performing an Active Directory Privileged Access Audit or an Active Directory Security Assessment or if you're trying to pen-test/ethically hack an organization's Active Directory.


If you could find out exactly who can replicate secrets (password hashes) from an Active Directory domain (e.g. by using Mimikatz DCSync), or who can change the membership of any Active Directory security group, such as Domain Admins, or who can reset the password of any domain user account, such as the Administrator account, or who can modify the ACL protecting an organizational unit (OU) that contains thousands of domain user and computer accounts etc. you'd be just one step away from being able to obtain Domain Admin level privileged access in an organization.

The Advanced Level of Gold Finger Mini empowers organizations to be able to instantly and accurately assess who has sufficient privileged access in Active Directory so as to be able to enact the most highly sensitive/powerful administrative tasks that could used to escalate privilege and consequently gain access to just about any IT resource in an organization.


If you were on the defending side, you could instantly lock down privileged access in Active Directory to remove any and all such critical unauthorized access that could instantly result in a massive breach.

If you were on the attacking side (as an ethical hacker or a penetration tester), you could instantly identify the quickest and shortest privilege escalation path leading to any object of interest in Active Directory, whether it be the Administrator account or the CEO's domain user account, the Domain Admins security group or a security group that controls access to a specific organizational IT resource (e.g. Source code Access), any Smartcard enabled account, any organizational unit (OU) containing thousands of Active Directory objects, or the credentials of all domain user accounts in an organization.

With Gold Finger Mini, you can instantly make these paramount determinations at the touch of a button, in seconds, without requiring any admin access or having to do complex Active Directory permissions analysis. Click and done!



Summary

Gold Finger Mini democratizes the unique, high-value, unrivaled cyber security intelligence that our flagship Gold Finger tooling can deliver, and in doing so, it empowers thousands of organizations and millions of IT professionals worldwide to easily, cost-effectively and instantly obtain mission-critical Active Directory privileged access insights.

The Advanced Level of Gold Finger Mini empowers everyone to be able to instantly find out i.e. assess/audit exactly who has the most sensitive/powerful privileged access on virtually any object in any Active Directory domain in the world.

There's simply nothing in the world that compares to it, and to find out why, you just have to try it for yourself.

To learn more and to download the free version, please visit - www.paramountdefenses.com/products/goldfinger-mini
 

Best wishes,
Sanjay

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Introducing Gold Finger Mini

Folks, 

As CEO of Paramount Defenses and as former Microsoft Program Manager for Active Directory Security, it is my privilege and pleasure to introduce Gold Finger Mini, possibly the world's most powerful and capable cyber security solution -
Gold Finger Mini is the world's only cyber security solution (other than Gold Finger) that can accurately and instantly find out and reveal exactly who has sufficient privileged access in Active Directory so as to be able to perform the most critical administrative tasks in an Active Directory environment, the enactment of which could result in an Active Directory breach.



Unrivaled Privileged Access Insight

Gold Finger Mini is simply the world's only solution that can instantly and accurately determine and reveal exactly -

  1. Who can reset my (as in your) Active Directory account's password?

  2. Who can reset an executive's Active Directory account's password?

  3. Who can reset an Active Directory privileged account's password?

  4. Who can change the Domain Admins security group's membership?

  5. Who can change security permissions on the AdminSDHolder object?

  6. Who can create an Active Directory account in the Users container?

  7. Who can link a group policy (GPO) to the Domain Controllers OU?

  8. Who can enable a disabled Active Directory account? 

You may know that anyone who can enact any privileged task in red above could instantly compromise Active Directory.

However, what you may not know is that, contrary to popular belief, it is very difficult to accurately find out who can enact these privileged tasks in Active Directory, because to do so, one needs to determine Active Directory effective permissions.

Gold Finger Mini is simply the world's only cyber security solution (other than Gold Finger) that can accurately determine effective permissions in Active Directory and accurately make these paramount determinations, at the touch of a button, so now everyone can instantly find out exactly who has some of the most powerful privileged access in any Active Directory. 




Instant High-Value Intelligence

As you know, such critical information can be very valuable if you're performing an Active Directory Privileged Access Audit or an Active Directory Security Assessment or if you're trying to pen-test/ethically hack an organization's Active Directory.


If you could find out exactly who can change the membership of the Domain Admins security group in Active Directory, or who can reset the password of any domain admin account, or who can modify the ACL protecting the AdminSDHolder account, you'd be just one step away from being able to obtain Domain Admin level privileged access in an organization.

If you were on the defending side, you could instantly lock down privileged access in Active Directory to remove any and all such critical unauthorized access that could instantly result in a massive breach, and if you're on the attacking side, you could instantly identify the quickest and shortest privilege escalation path leading to Domain Admin in an organization.   

With Gold Finger Mini, you can make these paramount determinations at the touch of a button, within seconds, without requiring any admin access or having to do complex Active Directory permissions analysis. One click and you're done! 
   


The Advanced Level

That's not all. What I have described above is merely what one can do at Basic level. There is also an Advanced level for professionals and the information it delivers is the most advanced Active Directory privileged access insight one can gain.  

I'll cover the Advanced level reports in a separate post because those reports are so powerful that the insights they reveal could be used to find out exactly who can enact what administrative tasks on almost any object in Active Directory, and that intel could easily be used to determine 1000s of privilege escalation paths to almost every object in Active Directory.



The Free Edition

Gold Finger Mini is available in two licensable (paid) editions and one free edition. In days to come, we will share details about the paid editions of Gold Finger Mini. Today, I just wanted to share this much with you, and let you know the power of Gold Finger is now available to everyone in Gold Finger Mini, and the free edition is now available on our website.

The free edition is 100% free, instantly downloadable and can be installed on any domain-joined machine in a minute.



Press Release

To summarize, Gold Finger Mini democratizes the unique, high-value, unrivaled cyber security intelligence that our flagship Gold Finger tooling can deliver, and in doing so, it empowers thousands of organizations and millions of IT professionals worldwide to easily, cost-effectively and instantly obtain mission-critical Active Directory privileged access insights.

For more info, and to download the free version, please visit - www.paramountdefenses.com/products/goldfinger-mini
 
      
Best wishes,
Sanjay
  

PS: This is the announcement I had alluded to a few days ago, and if you haven't yet figured out how this one little thing could profoundly impact foundational cyber security worldwide, don't worry, in a few days you will have figured it out :-)

Monday, January 25, 2021

Introducing the Free Version of Gold Finger

Folks,

We hope this finds you all doing well and we wish you all a very happy, safe and successful new year.

Today on behalf of our entire team, I would like to introduce the complimentary (free) version of Gold Finger - 


Gold Finger - Free Version

The free version of Gold Finger is possibly the most trustworthy free version of any Active Directory tool in the world. 

In light of the recent infamous SolarWinds Hack (on which I will pen a post in days to come), we felt it was important to provide organizations a TRUSTWORTHY alternative to the various inadequately trustworthy free Active Directory Audit Tools that thousands of IT personnel from across the world still continue to rely on to fulfill basic AD audit needs.

The free version of Gold Finger is essentially the same as the licensable version of Gold Finger, the only difference being that it ships with a free license, thereby making it possibly the MOST trustworthy Active Directory Audit Tool in the world.


Gold Finger sets the bar in Trustworthiness -

For those who may not know, for the last fifteen years, we have strived to set the bar when it comes to the security of a cyber security solution, and here are just a few salient facts that we believe help make Gold Finger highly trustworthy - 

  1. Gold Finger is architected by former Microsoft Program Manager for Active Directory Security

  2. Gold Finger is 100% developed in and supported from within the United States of America

  3. Gold Finger's codebase is only located in the United States and it is formidably protected 

  4. 100% of Gold Finger's development and support team personnel are U.S. citizens

  5. Gold Finger is adequately safeguarded against unauthorized tampering

  6. Gold Finger is thoroughly tested prior to every single release

  7. Gold Finger is digitally signed to ensure authenticity

  8. Gold Finger does not require a single change anywhere, nor does it require the installation of any agents

  9. Gold Finger is a 100% read-only tool and its use does not require any privileged/administrative/elevated access

  10. Gold Finger was built to operate in air-gapped environments; it does NOT talk to anything outside the network.


I could continue, but I think you'll get the drift - as one of the world's top cyber security companies today, we go to great lengths to set the GOLD standard when it comes to the trustworthiness of software, particularly cyber-security solutions. 

I would encourage everyone organization to evaluate for themselves whether or not any existing cyber security solution that they rely upon, not just Active Directory Audit Tools, meets the standards that we built Gold Finger to.

Today Gold Finger is deployed in 6 continents worldwide, and trusted by the some of the most powerful and prominent organizations in the world, including the U.S. Government, and that is a responsibility we do NOT take lightly.  


A Simple (Noble) Purpose

The reason we decided to introduce the free version of Gold Finger is to provide those organizations that simply cannot afford to use licensable software (for whatever reason) a trustworthy alternative to the numerous potentially suspect/ inadequately trustworthy Active Directory tools available on the Wild Wild Web.


To see for yourself, all you have to do is Google "Free Active Directory Audit Tool" and see for yourself just what all is available out there, and then ask yourself a simple question - "Where are these tools (actually) developed, by (verifiably) whom, and just how secure/trustworthy are they?"

(You see, over the last decade, we've had almost 8,000 organizations knock at our doors, unsolicited, so we know just how bad the situation is out there, and we know just how many 1000s of organizations are still using free Active Directory audit/management tools to perform such a vital and essential function.)

We always encourage all organizations to use trustworthy licensed Active Directory Audit Tools, and in Gold Finger, we strive to set the trustworthiness bar for each of the nine Active Directory Audit Tools that comprise the Gold Finger Suite.

If you must use a free Active Directory Audit Tool, we'd like you to know that you now have a trustworthy option, because we stand behind every tool we build, from our flagship Microsoft-endorsed Gold Finger Active Directory Audit Tool Suite to the unrivaled Gold Finger Mini to the unique Gold Finger 007G.


Capability Overview

From a capability perspective, the free version of Gold Finger offers 100+, fully customizable (via LDAP filters) basic Active Directory security audit reports that are available in our licensable Active Directory Security Auditor solution. 

It can be downloaded, installed and run on any domain-joined PC using any domain-user account, in under 2 minutes. 


Gold Finger Free Version URL - https://www.paramountdefenses.com/products/free-active-directory-audit-tool.html


That's all for now.

Best wishes,
Sanjay


PS: This is not the announcement I had alluded to in our previous post - that announcement will follow in a few days ; it had to be postponed as we needed the time to make the free version of Gold Finger available on a priority basis.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Its Almost Time

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I trust this finds you doing well. It has been three months since we shared an update. We have been working to build and deliver something so very unique and valuable that it is about to profoundly impact foundational cyber security worldwide.

One of these days, we will make an announcement, and the entire world will come to learn how we are about to profoundly impact the cyber security of 85% of all organizations worldwide, in a way that no other company or entity on Earth can.

Best wishes,
Sanjay   

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