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Insiders Run Rampant in Healthcare and Financial Services Industries

Posted October 11, 2011    Peter McCalister

Most consumers don’t blink an eye when they’re asked to provide their social security number to a healthcare or banking professional. We place complete trust into the hands of these individuals, yet employees within financial services and healthcare industries perhaps are the most notorious for snooping and disclosing sensitive information.

According to 600 hospital and healthcare executives recently surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute, over the last two years 40 percent of providers surveyed reported a breach due to insider snooping or sharing of information. And according to the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 80 percent of all fraud is attributed to those who work within the lender or financial services businesses.

It’s mind-boggling that organizations within the healthcare and financial services industries still don’t take even the most basic steps to protect the sensitive data of patients and customers. Sadly it seems time and again, legislation and government must get involved in order for there to be resolution. The pervasiveness of insider threats should serve as a wake-up call for companies that are still on the fence about investing in security solutions to secure the perimeters within. Privilege identity management, data security and leak prevention are “need to haves” in order to effectively mitigate the insider threat.

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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

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