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Don’t Be The IAM Turkey This Thanksgiving

Posted November 23, 2011    Peter McCalister

Most of the United States and Canada are preparing for the anual food fest known as Thanksgiving tomorrow to celebrate the bountiful harvest season. Or is it just an excuse for a work holiday in November? Either way, you can be sure that the potential for IT security breaches increase as vigilance wains for the holiday season.

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Put simply, just because you are excited for the holidays and have your thoughts turned to grandma’s famous deep fried turkey (I’m from the deep south if you haven’t guessed yet), doesn’t mean that insider and outside hackers alike aren’t looking for more ways to intentionally, accidentally or indirectly misusing privilege to effect damage to your critical corporate information assets.

Identity and Access Management (IAM) focuses on managing the access, authentication and authorization of users trying to get to your most valuable corporate information assets. If you have not also focused on who has privileged access to these assets then you may be at risk for a breach this holiday season.

We have talked at length in this blog and also tweet daily @BeyondTrust for those interested in who has been breached recently as well as the latest regulatory changes and industry news. So do yourself a favor this Thanksgiving and stay diligent so you won’t be the next turkey embarrassed in the newspaper because of an insider breach.

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Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

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