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Follow The Leader? Or Face Insider Threats…

Posted January 17, 2012    Peter McCalister

It has been nearly six years since the inception of WikiLeaks, yet the U.S. government has just begun to identify methods to combat insider threats within the military. In October, President Obama established an “Insider Threat Task Force” to help prevent potentially damaging and embarrassing exposure of government secrets.

He also unveiled new computer security rules to government agencies handling classified intelligence after months of investigating the events leading up to WikiLeaks. In December, the Department of Defense budget passed, which includes a mandate for the creation of a new insider threat program.

Earlier in the year the White House revealed language on new legislation directing private industries to improve computer security voluntarily and have those standards reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security. It has become all too clear that the U.S. government, from federal to state, down to the city level, also has plenty of work to do on preventing insider attacks.

It’s about time the White House is catching up with ideas we have been educating the world on for years. Establishing a Least Privilege environment is the first step to achieving an IT environment whereby everyone can still be productive, while being secure.

You should also read the book called “Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things” if you want to better identify insider threats and how to protect against them.

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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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Bad POODLE, Don’t Bite!

Posted October 16, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

Researchers at Google (Bodo Moller, Thai Duong, and Krzysztof Kotowicz) have discovered that the encryption schemes used by SSL 3.0 are exploitable (CVE-2014-3566). Although the majority of web servers implement Transport Layer Security (TLS), the majority of clients will downgrade to SSL 3.0 in an attempt to maintain interoperability between protocols. For example, when a…

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