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A Risk Worth Taking?

Posted September 20, 2011    Peter McCalister

It’s bad enough when an accidental insider threat compromises an organization’s security, but there’s something worse when it’s the result of a malicious past, or current employee, and according to the results of a recent survey, that’s something all employers should be worried about.

In a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive, involving participants from the U.S., Great Britain and Australia, employees admitted they would knowingly do something against corporate policy with data – whether it was forwarding electronic files to a non-employee, copying electronic files to take with them when they leave or perhaps most disturbing, admitting they would be comfortable selling corporate data to a third-party.

What this says about the morals and ethics of these employees is actually probably better left unsaid, but if organizations take away one thing only from the results of this survey it should be this: Get the right privilege management policies in place ASAP.

If the results of this survey are to be taken seriously, there’s a good chance you have a malicious employee sitting in your organization right now. The longer you go without implementing the proper security policies, the greater the risk that employee will capitalize on the opportunity to share sensitive corporate data. Is that a risk you are willing to take?

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Posted March 27, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

On Demand Webinar: Dave Shackleford recounts some of his personal experiences in patch management failure, and breaks down the most critical issues holding many teams back from patching more effectively.

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Why You Still Suck at Patching…and How to Turn Your Life Around

Posted March 25, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Live webinar | March 26, 2015 | 10am PT/1pm ET | Dave Shackleford, SANS Instructor | Why You Still Suck at Patching…and How to Turn Your Life Around

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Privilege Gone Wild 2: Over 25% of Organizations Have No Privileged Access Controls

Posted March 24, 2015    Scott Lang

BeyondTrust recently conducted a survey, with over 700 respondents, to explore how organizations view the risk of misuse from privileged account misuse, as well as trends in addressing and mitigating those risks.

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