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In a Perfect World, Trust Is All You Need

Posted November 8, 2011    Peter McCalister

This week I had an interesting exchange with a full-time Linux administrator. What started out as a discussion about PowerBroker Servers Linux Edition, quickly became a heated debate about trust. After much back and forth, he said this: “At the end of the day, employers need to trust the employees. Relying on technological solutions to ‘keep honest people honest’ is putting the cart before the horse. If you can’t trust your employees, you shouldn’t have hired them.”

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In a perfect world, he’s absolutely right, but the reality is, the world we live in is far from perfect. Human nature is capricious and you never know what is going to be the “thing” that transforms a good, trustworthy employee into an insider threat. Businesses are remiss if their security practices and privilege delegation polices start and end with trust, and it’s probably safe to say that UBS, Societe Generale, Stanford Hospital and the many others that have been the victim of rogue insiders, would strongly agree.

This is exactly the topic that Preventing Good People from Doing Bad Things addresses – providing useful tips and tricks to help companies implement the right least privilege policies for their organizations, all while providing illuminating anecdotes about the damage malicious insiders can cause.

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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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