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Least Privilege Can Help Solve IT Negligence

Posted March 19, 2012    Peter McCalister

The Ponemon Institute along with Trend Micro recently surveyed more than 700 ITprofessionals on the subject of the human factor in data breaches. According to the survey, 78 percent of respondents have experienced a data breach as a result of negligent or malicious employees or other insiders. This doesn’t surprise us here at BeyondTrust. We deal with businesses and organizations every day that are looking for solutions to mitigate insider attacks regardless if it’s intentional or negligent misuse of privilege.

Every enterprise has good people and bad people. Between dumb IT errors and spur-of-the-moment decisions, an environment where users have unlimited access to company resources is a dangerous place.

The survey also identified the top 10 practices employees routinely engage in that put companies at greater risk. The most popular risky practice is connecting computers to the Internet through an insecure wireless network. This employee practice can be easily resolved by using BeyondTrust PowerBroker Desktops which allows restricted users to maintain authorized computer settings such as, connecting to local printers, IP configuration settings to connect to a wireless networks, even the ability to change time zones. Another common risky practice among negligent employees is reusing the same password and username on different websites. This can be put to a stop by deploying PowerBroker Identity Services, a centralized enterprise solution to authenticate users in the same way across all platforms, which can enforce user password policy for password aging, history, etc.

The BeyondTrust ecosystem creates a least privilege environment within enterprises to reduce the risk of insider threats. Monitoring and alerts, reporting, and management tools siphon through web and code based interfaces to centrally control requested network tasks. As enterprises begin to pay more attention to privilege and access, they begin to embrace the principal of least privilege as it relates to improving overall security.

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Answering the age-old question, ‘What’s plugged into my network?’

Posted October 9, 2015    Alejandro DaCosta

“What’s plugged into my network?” is a question I hear frequently from security administrators. And, really, it’s no surprise why. No longer do we have to account just for the physical servers in our datacenters, workstations and a few network devices. Now we need to keep track of roaming laptops, dynamic virtual systems, off-site cloud deployments and BYOD.


Closing the Vulnerability Gap

Posted October 7, 2015    Brian Chappell

Managing vulnerabilities is a significant challenge for many organizations. The main difficulties with managing this manifest in two key areas. The first is that the list isn’t static. The second is priority.


Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.