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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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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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