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Insider Threats Can Start from the Outside, Too

Posted March 12, 2012    Peter McCalister

The term insider threats used to spark images of malicious employees stealing copies of filesor looking at information they weren’t supposed to, but in today’s complex world of technology, insider threats have evolved.

According to a preliminary version of the Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report, 92 percent of attacks analyzed were external in origin, with hacking and malware playing a part in 99 percent of reported incidents. Today’s criminal hackers often use malware , or just plain old-fashioned con games, to gain the trust of employees and subsequently entice them to share sensitive information that will allow the hacker to gain access to the companies’ information. It can be as simple as pretending to be a fellow co-worker and coercing an employee to share sensitive information, such as a password, or as complex as a bogus email containing malware, but either way you slice it, outsiders are becoming more creative at finding their way in.

In situations like this having the right privilege identity management policies in place can mean the difference between protecting your organization and facing a major security risk. By only allowing employees access to information that is necessary for them to perform their jobs, organizations are mitigating the risk of sensitive information being shared with the wrong person. For more information, click here.

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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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