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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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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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Basic Blocking and Tackling for Defending Against Advanced Targeted Attacks

Posted January 22, 2015    Larry Brock

With football season at its pinnacle at both the college and professional levels, the best teams continually focus on the fundamentals that make them successful. In security, we need to do the same.  It is okay for us to have a few key plays, especially in certain industries where we have to focus on unique…

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