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Indirect Misuse of Privilege Is a Malware Imperative

Posted October 18, 2010    Peter McCalister

Indirect misuse of privilege is a malware imperitiveIndirect misuse of privileges is when one or more attack types are launched from a third party computer which has been taken over remotely. A startling statistic revealed by Gartner is that 67% of all malware detections ever made were detected in 2008. Gartner also estimates managed desktops, or users who run without admin rights, produce on average a $1,237 savings per desktop and reduce the amount of IT labor for technical support by 24%.

The Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) hosted its annual summit on emerging security threats and published its annual attack forecast report. According to their research, the electronic domain will see greater amounts of malware attacks and various security threats in the coming year.

Data will continue to be the primary motive behind future cybercrime, whether targeting traditional fixed computing or mobile applications. According to security expert George Heron, “It’s all about the data”, so he expects data to drive cyber-attacks for years to come. This motive is woven through all five emerging threat categories.

What’s really scary is that organizations tend to take the “ostrich approach” sticking their head in the sand and hope the problems won’t effect them.

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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