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Archive for April, 2013

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There is still a divide between the Security Operations Center (SOC) and the Network Operating Center (NOC). Security Operations is more strategic following security best practices to improve corporate security posture (based on business risk) and to ensure implementation of security policies and compliance. While IT is focused on network management, infrastructure availability and SLAs…

Post by Bill Virtue April 30, 2013
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It’s not about the security, it’s about the people

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a big fan of the Doctor Who series. I was watching a recent episode where they needed to hack into a computer system. The Doctor didn’t think Clara, the current leading lady, could do it because the security was too tight. She replied simply, “It’s…

Post by Jason Silva April 25, 2013
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Recently Patched Java Vulnerability Exploited In the Wild: How (Not) Surprising

A type confusion vulnerability, recently patched in Java 7u21 and Java 6u45, has been spotted in the wild. According to a recent blog post from F-Secure, exploitation of CVE-2013-2423 started shortly after April 21st, 2013 and continues. Given what we know about Java, none of this is surprising. “Why?!” you may ask, “didn’t we all…

Post by BeyondTrust Research Team April 23, 2013
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CNBC Interview Featuring our CTO: Security Takes a Backseat in Tech

Marc Maiffret, our CTO, was interviewed earlier today in the UK on CNBC. He tells CNBC most aspects of society are being built around technology and most companies aren’t building technology with security in mind. In the interview, Marc states: “Most aspects of society today are being built around technology from every facet. If you…

Post by Sarah Lieber April 22, 2013
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Java: Sizeable Critical Patch Update and Two Sugars, Please

Oracle is rolling out yet another Critical Patch Update (CPU) for Java – and this time they’ve fixed 39 remotely exploitable vulnerabilities. This is not to say that all of these vulnerabilities may provide an attacker with remote code execution. However, the highest CVSS Base Score of all the vulnerabilities was a 10.0, meaning that…

Post by BeyondTrust Research Team April 15, 2013
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Security Intelligence: Finding Out What Part Actually Makes You Smart

Organizations of all sizes having been trying to address Big Data, Security Intelligence and contextual security for awhile, but without much success. For security folks in particular this is a sensitive topic, as nestled among the thousands of lines of code or logs files is what they need to know to prevent the next successful breach. SIEM…

Post by Mike Yaffe April 12, 2013
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Hackers on a Plane

If I were cast in a movie in which the plotline centered on a person on a plane maliciously controlling the entire 550MPH Pringles Can via smartphone, I’d demand the movie be called ‘Hackers on a Plane’, just so people knew what they were getting into when purchasing their matinee ticket. However, this seemingly far-fetched…

Post by BeyondTrust Research Team April 11, 2013
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April 2013 Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday is here again, and April’s collection of patches will fix vulnerabilities across various pieces of Microsoft operating systems and software. This includes Internet Explorer, the Remote Desktop Client, SharePoint, the Windows kernel (and some kernel-mode drivers), Active Directory, the Windows Client/Server Run-time Subsystem (CSRSS), Microsoft Antimalware Client, and an HTML sanitization component in…

Post by BeyondTrust Research Team April 9, 2013
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BeyondTrust & Oracle, The Perfect Partnership

No one will dispute that Oracle is a heavyweight when it comes to the relational database market, but Oracle is far more than a one trick pony.  Oracle has a plethora of enterprise products and hardware solutions that will fit the needs of almost any business.  However the key to success for many of the…

Post by BeyondTrust Product Management April 8, 2013
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Die Hard – Windows XP Against the World

Today marks the beginning of a significant year-long event in the worldwide computer industry – a year from today, Microsoft will end support for the Windows XP Operating System. Mainstream support had already ended in 2009  and this new milestone marks the end of security updates on the platform. Are you ready? According to a…

Post by Mike Puterbaugh April 8, 2013
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