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Keeping track of which people are members of privileged groups is an important part of security monitoring. The more access a group has, the fewer members should be in it, and the more important it is that unauthorized accounts are not added. In a single sysadmin environment, this is usually no problem, since one person acts as the gatekeeper for privileged groups, but when multiple sysadmins or other IT staff have access to manipulate group membership, some additional mechanisms are needed to ensure compliance with company policy.
People keep track of SSL certificate expiration in many different ways: emails from the certificate provider, scripts that poll occasionally and log or report information, post-it notes, strings tied around fingers... but ensuring overall resilience requires a more comprehensive and visible strategy, especially since SSL is crucial to a website’s security rating. With UpGuard, we can manage certificate expiry by policy like any other configuration attribute by taking advantage of the time comparison functionality.
If you’re a sysadmin, one of your main tasks is building new servers to support business and internal applications. Chances are, you will need more than one of the same type of server, such as in a cluster or load-balancing scenario, or identical servers for development, testing and production. One of the best out-of-the-box features of UpGuard is the ability to build a policy from one configuration and apply that policy to other nodes that should match it. This gives you instant visibility of the differences in configuration between systems. We’ll use that capability to demonstrate how UpGuard can save you time when you’re tasked with building multiple, identical servers.