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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 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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