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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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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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