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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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How to Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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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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