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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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Retina Vulnerability Audits – July 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted July 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

The following is a list of Retina vulnerability audits for this July 2014 Patch Tuesday: MS14-037 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2975687) 34517 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Cumulative Security Update (2975687) MS14-038 - Vulnerability in Windows Journal Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2975689) 34518 – Microsoft Windows Journal (2975789) MS14-039 - Vulnerability in On-Screen Keyboard Could Allow…

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July 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted July 8, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This July Microsoft has released six security bulletins which account for over 29 unique vulnerabilities. The most critical bulletins are MS14-037 (Internet Explorer), MS14-038 (Windows Journal)  and MS14-040 (Windows AFD). MS14-037 starts things off with another massive Internet Explorer update on the heels of MS14-035 from last month. This new Internet Explorer bulletin covers over…

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Getting Least Privilege Right on Windows

Posted June 30, 2014    Morey Haber

Windows doesn’t make least privilege easy Enforcing least-privilege access policies on Windows has never been easy – especially given some fundamental flaws have haunted the OS since the mid-1990s. Consider the following permissions issues: Windows 95 and 98 had a logon screen and could even be joined to the domain, but users could bypass the prompt…

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