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It’s the Little Things That Count

Posted November 3, 2011    Peter McCalister

As we discussed several times, enterprise IT security isn’t easy. As recent article at Dark Reading makes clear, part of the reason is that even the smallest flaw can lead to a major security breach.

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The article covers a number of areas – configuration and patch management, network access, and embedded systems – but not surprisingly the most interesting to us dealt with the insider threat. As the article makes clear overlooking a rarely used account with high-powered privileges can lead to disastrous results. More and more hacker’s are being patient and exploiting small security flaws and leveraging social engineering to get access to the keys to the kingdom. So as this example makes clear, admin privileges to a system that doesn’t house critical data can be exploited to get to more important systems. It even states “Even so, ignorance is no excuse when the bad guys hone in on an inconspicuous weakness, like a few older, rarely used desktops that haven’t been updated with the latest patches. It takes only one weak link for an attacker to gain a foothold into an organization and steal valuable data, or set up shop for long-term cyberespionage.”

So what’s the answer? Take nothing for granted, monitor all your systems carefully and treat privileged access to any system as a high priority. When it comes to enterprise IT security, it’s the little things that count.

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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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