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BeyondTrust Survey at VMWorld Shows What it Takes to Get Attendees in a Tutu

Posted September 28, 2010    Peter McCalister

  • 44% of attendees said their colleagues could steal sensitive information from mission critical servers if they wanted to and another third of respondents said their colleagues “might” be able to
  • 37% of attendees say “most” of their mission-critical servers are virtualized and 61% said at least some were.
  • When asked what their colleagues would do for $20 million:
    35% would lose their job and leave the country
    35% would leak information to a competitor
    The most popular answer was 40% of attendees believe their colleagues would wear a tutu for $20 million (we believe this number is underreported)
  • We recently posted that virtualization was creeping onto mission-critical servers, which use to be kept on physical servers for security reasons. This survey shows even further penetration than we may have believed, with almost everyone having at least some sensitive servers virtualized. So you have (a)sensitive servers in a virtualized environment (b) staff that would steal data for money and (c) staff that CAN steal data and the problem is incredibly clear. Here’s the complete survey results, including plenty of humorous findings in the final question: Has your company virtualized mission critical servers?
    • Most of them: 21 (37%)
    • Some: 32 (56%)
    • None: 4 (7%)
    If one of your colleagues wanted to steal sensitive information from a mission-critical virtual server in the company, do you think they could?
    • Yes: 28 (49%)
    • Maybe: 14 (25%)
    • No: 15 (26%)
    What do you think your colleagues would be willing to do to getwhat IT would do for $2M their hands on twenty million dollars?
    • Kill someone: 10 (17%)
    • Chop off their own arm: 9 (15%)
    • Jump into a water tank with a shark: 10 (17%)
    • Lose their job and leave the country: 20 (35%)
    • Leak information to a competitor: 20 (35%)
    • Wear a tutu: 23 (40%)
    • Steal data: 12 (21%)

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    Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

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    Posted October 2, 2015    Morey Haber

    On October 1, Experian admitted full responsibility for the loss of T-Mobile customer data. 15 million user records dating back to 2013 were effected in the breach, with data including sensitive information that may be decryptable like social security numbers and drivers licenses.


    Who Moved My Front Door? (What is Privileged Account Management?)

    Posted October 1, 2015    Nigel Hedges

    Not too long ago, I was sitting in a room with a very fluffy sales guy. In between words such as “we’ll make this happen” and “leave it with me, I’ll get it sorted” he asked the question “What is Privileged Account Management”?