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Insider Threats – Are They Just Human Nature?

Posted December 27, 2011    Peter McCalister

This week’s culprit of data misuse: Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company. It was reported that personal and account details of approximately one million customers were available on the Web – in plain sight for any Internet browser to see. While the mess is being called inadvertent, the potential damage to customers is the same, regardless if the breach was an accident.

On the other end of the spectrum from accidental insiders are intentionally malicious insiders. Even U.S. government entities are falling victim to these types of insider attacks. According to a recent CSO article, two employees at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission have been charged with identity theft after allegedly using their insider credentials to obtain personal identifiable information (name, addresses, social security numbers and dates of birth) of unsuspecting residents.

And also take into account that the Ponemon Institute along with HP just released a global survey titled “The Insecurity of Privileged Users” indicating that organizations continue to give too much user access to sensitive data. What a shock! The survey indicates that more than 60 percent of participants reported that privileged users access sensitive or confidential data out of curiosity, not job function. Human nature sometimes gets the best of us, and that should be reason enough for companies to make implementing least privilege a high priority.

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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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