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Have the Feds Stumbled Upon a Global Cybersecurity Predicament?

Posted November 18, 2010    Peter McCalister

The Department of the Interior Inspector General has issued a report that is critical of the agency’scybersecurity performance, summarizing that its efforts fall short of the federal government requirements.  For example, the security levels of certain types of IT systems were not categorized correctly.

This was true for the U.S. Geological Survey who originally determined that it did not have any mission-critical systems, but the Department’s report illustrates that this is not true because this agency’s operating systems handle earthquake monitoring and research, as well as toxic substance analysis.

Cybersecurity covers a broad, yet dynamic area of government and private business; however, this report should give every CIO a moment to pause. According to the latest edition of the Kroll Annual Global Fraud Report, incidence of theft of information and electronic data at global companies has overtaken physical theft for the first time, according to a study released yesterday.

Theft of confidential information is on the rise because data is increasingly portable, access to such data is easier, and perpetrators — often departing or disgruntled employees — can remove it with ease absent sufficient controls. Controlling privileged access  and centrally managing security policies over critical data stored on UNIX, Linux, Mac or Windows platforms is the first step in solving this crisis. The Interior’s report outlining needs within their agency should serve as a warning for every enterprise to assess their IT network and cybersecurity performance.

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At the End of Day You Can’t Control What Privileged Users Do: It’s about Detective/Deterrent Controls and Accountability

Posted March 31, 2015    Randy Franklin Smith

Live Webinar: Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 10am PT/1pm ET | REGISTER NOW! In this webinar, Security Expert Randy Franklin Smith will look at how to audit what admins do inside Linux and UNIX with sudo’s logging capabilities.

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British Airways Executive Club Member Accounts Hacked

Posted March 30, 2015    Brian Chappell

British Airways has released information regarding the hacking of a number of their Executive Club (BA’s frequent flyer programme) member’s accounts.

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On Demand Webinar – Why You Still Suck at Patching

Posted March 27, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

On Demand Webinar: Dave Shackleford recounts some of his personal experiences in patch management failure, and breaks down the most critical issues holding many teams back from patching more effectively.

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