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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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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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