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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 3, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

Join BeyondTrust Research and Development team for an in-depth live webinar that will explore the attack vectors used in the Carbanak Bank Breach and share successful mitigation techniques needed to prevent this type of attack.

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Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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