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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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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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