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13 Data Breaches Preventable WIth Least Privilege

Posted November 2, 2011    Peter McCalister

Most companies fear the cost of data breaches more than anything, while others fear the embarassing negative publicity wich can have even great negative impact on their organization when misuse of privilege makes the national news.

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So it comes as no surprise that when I read the headline “Top 13 Most Embarassing Data Breaches” that the first thing I wanted to analyze was the preventability of those breaches if a least privilege solution had been in place on the effected systems. The article starts out with “Identity theft is on the rise each year. In 2011 alone, Sony won the crown for largest number of people affected with a shade over 100 million. In spite of more advanced security measures, it seems data leaks are here to stay.” It then goes on to list the 13 most embarassing data braches, many of which we have already blogged about here as well in the past.

Please feel free to check out the link above to see the breaches, but more importantly you need to begin the pricess of implementing a comprehensive Identity & Access Management solution. One good way to get started is to pick up the new book published by Apress Media “Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things.” This book will help you establish a well-defined awareness of boundaries which enables end users and applications to communicate freely within an IT environment without worry of intentional, accidental, or indirect misuse of privilege. It fully details how this concept of least privilege can provide the security and governance your organization needs to succeed.

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Troubleshooting Windows Privilege Management Rules with Policy Monitor

Posted August 21, 2014    Jason Silva

When defining and testing PowerBroker for Windows rules for production or pilots, customers sometimes tell us, “I don’t think this policy / program is working.” This is usually a case of the policy not properly triggering because of the way the rule was created. A unique feature of PowerBroker for Windows compared to other solutions is a client-side…

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BeyondTrust Webcast: Darren Mar-Elia’s 4 Active Directory Change Scenarios to Track

Posted August 20, 2014    Chris Burd

In our latest webcast, we joined Darren Mar-Elia, CTO at SDM Software, to discuss best practices for Active Directory (AD) change management. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation, followed by a link to a full-length video of the presentation. Mar-Elia kicks things off with a critical insight: that the best AD change management…

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New IT Security Best Practices for Maintaining “Business as Usual” Despite Evolving Threats

Posted August 13, 2014    Morey Haber

It’s time to get back to business. Here in the U.S., summer vacations are wrapping up and businesses are looking forward to closing out 2014. Over the past year, we’ve seen several incidents that warrant changes in the ways consumers make purchases and businesses conduct transactions. Consider last week’s theft of a whopping 1.2 billion…

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