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Insider Villain Introduced: Accident ProneAnnie

Posted July 15, 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 third introduction will be of the most unlikely villain.

Accidental misuse of privilege is commonplace throughout your organization. Why? Because human nature dictate that we will make mistakes and if your employees are over privileged on their IT resources then that can lead to costly mistakes. To better examine this type of privilege misuse I’d like to introduce you to “Accident Prone Annie.”

Annie is your typical business user who accidental may be misusing their privileges to do things that are against corporate policy (i.e. downloading software off the web or upgrading applications before IT approves) and reeking havoc on the help desk.

Accidental misuse of privileges on desktops and servers does happen, and it does have a measurable impact on the organization as a whole. For example, desktop configuration errors cost companies an average of $120/PC, according to IDC report, “The Relationship between IT Labor Costs and Best Practices for IAM.”

As one famous hacker said, “The weakest link in any network is its people.” The most fortified network is still vulnerable if users can be tricked into undermining its security — for example, by giving away passwords or other confidential data over the phone, or performing some activity that allows malware to hijack admin rights on desktops.

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Posted July 27, 2015    Jason Silva

BeyondTrust PowerBroker for Mac reduces the risk of privilege misuse by enabling standard users on Mac OS X to perform administrative tasks successfully without entering elevated credentials.

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On Demand Webinar – Now is the time for Privileged Account Management

Posted July 24, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

In this webinar, SANS Instructor and Founder of Voodoo Security, Dave Shackleford, will revisit several hacking and breach scenarios that involved privileged accounts, and use these as examples while discussing tools and tactics to get this problem under control once and for all.

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Privileged Account Management: The Time is Now

Posted July 22, 2015    Dave Shackleford

There’s plenty of problems we don’t have great options for in InfoSec today. Malware is a pain point that keeps evolving rapidly. 0-day exploits are tough to prepare for. Privileged account management? We got this. We know the root causes, we know how it manifests, we know how to get it under control effectively, and there are great technology solutions that are enterprise-class.

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