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Insider Hero Introduced: Secure Sam

Posted July 18, 2011    Peter McCalister

In order to put a face on the depth and breadth of potential insiders that can be found throughout your enterprise, I will introduce you to three insider villains and three insider heroes. Each villain will represent one of the key misuse of privileges and each hero will represent key values delivered by least privilege. This fourth introduction will be of the most visible hero.

“Secure Sam” is always on the lookout for exposures, whether intentional, accidental or indirect. And he’s always trying to balance sufficient access with sufficient security. Fortunately for Sam, BeyondTrust Privileged Identity Management solutions provide both, with a complete suite of tools that allow functional access but keep system access on a tight leash.

At face value the successful Secure Sam projects an air of calm, cool and collected control over the enterprise governance, risk and compliance mitigation requirements. Behind the scenes he/she is a whirling dervish of politician meets technician meets mind reader meets soothsayer all served up with one great big stress sandwich.

Ever see how a duck glides through water? It looks effortless from the surface, but beneath the waterline is a different story. In reality the poor duck is paddling his webfeet feverishly in order to move about. Now you know what it’s like to be a Chief Security Officer (CSO), or IT manager responsible for information security, managing today’s enterprise security requirements. One of these, or some variation thereof, is ultimately the title Secure Sam holds in your organization. Now you know what his day is like.

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Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

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Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

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