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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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How to Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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