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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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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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