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Don’t Be The Next WikiLeaks

Posted October 25, 2011    Peter McCalister

Last year’s WikiLeaks scandal was an embarrassment for the government, drawing attention from every corner of the globe about the insecurity of its networks. Recently, President Obama ordered new computer security rules to government agencies handling classified information after months of investigating the events leading up to WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks gave new meaning to the concept of “insider threat” by providing a convenient vehicle to empower government employees to quickly hand over privileged information to the world. Both online portals for leaking data and insiders who are willing and motivated to leak that data will continue to exist, regardless of any efforts exerted by the government.

This is just one of many examples of the impact insider threats can have on an organization – whether it’s as large as the federal government or as small as a start-up. All companies can take a cue from this very high-profile example, using it as a catalyst to implement their own least privilege policies.

If you have employees with excessive privileges or access to sensitive data, then they are at risk of intentionally, accidentally or indirectly misusing that privilege and potentially stealing, deleting or modifying the data. There is a very fine line between intent and action, especially when excessive privileges on IT resources are involved.

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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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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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