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Enterprise Security Lessons from Rocky Balboa

Posted August 22, 2011    Peter McCalister

It’s amazing the effect songs have on us. Take, for example, Eye of the Tiger. If you’re like me, this brings you right back to Rocky, the Italian Stallion that won the hearts of America as he trained and fought his way to victory. That song elicits images of strategy and dedication, the two key traits to Rocky’s success. Why, you ask, do I bring this up here, on an Information Technology blog? Because the same elements that drove Rocky to success in the movie can ensure a data security victory in your IT environment.

Strategy
To have a successful and comprehensive security program within your enterprise, you must first define your strategy. I’m sure many of you already have this, but each strategy needs to include a way to protect your internal perimeter. Countless cases (Gucci and WikiLeaks are just two examples) show how important it is to make sure only individuals who need sensitive information have access to it. Whether this is at the root level or as a desktop admin, this concept of least privilege is paramount to keeping your data secure.

Dedication
Dedication to an IT strategy is critical to making that strategy succeed. If, for example, you implement a least privilege solution in your enterprise, but then waver from this goal when someone from your sales team wants access to information not required for their job, all of your best intentions will be for naught. You and your management team must remain committed to the objectives established, lest there be gaping holes in your data security solution.

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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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The Vulnerabilities and Privileges of Carbanak Bank Thieves

Posted February 17, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Recently Kaspersky released analysis of a series of significant breaches against financial institutions by a group they have dubbed Carbanak. The attacks go back over 2 years and estimates are that potentially $1 billion dollars in total were stolen from more than 100 financial institutions. In some cases the attackers were active in victim organizations between…

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