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Center for Digital Strategies And Securing The Perimeter Within

Posted August 4, 2011    Peter McCalister

With our focus on managing the perimeter within we think a lot about the role of human and organizational behavior as well as technology in managing the insider threat. So it was great to discover that he folks at Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College are doing a lot of great research on human element of IT security.

One of their pieces Embedding Information Security into the Organization discusses the research they did in 2006 examining the security and organizational challenges facing executives of large multinational firms. They found that “Organizational culture is particularly important for security, given that an organization’s overall security is the result of each individual’s actions”. In addition they found “ One pivotal factor in creating a culture of security is getting the right “tone at the top.”

As important as those fundamental organizational principals are to good security, technology obviously also plays a key role. Some of the more interesting insights in the article are on how investment decisions are made: “Security will be particularly valued if it can help improve performance and reliability. This approach can take hold if the security group works with other parts of the organization to build security into business strategies and plans.” Pretty sound advice for any company.

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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