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Least Privilege Can Reduce Malware

Posted March 23, 2012    Peter McCalister

If you’re like most companies, you’ve invested heavily in antivirus software. But are you stillmalware security having to deal with the latest viruses, trojans, and ransomware? Are you having to wait until your AV provider can fix the latest bugs and get you the cure, while your network is left open and unprotected? Instead of asking why that is, there are better questions to ask. Like is there a way to prevent or limit malware from ever entering your IT environment.

To answer this question, you need to understand that most malware attacks are successful because the code hijacks administrator credentials of an individual or program, and uses those credentials to enter into the computer or network. This is a form of indirect misuse of privilege- because the owner of those credentials isn’t even aware they are responsible for the infection. And how does one prevent this misuse of privilege? The answer is pretty simple- don’t let all users run around with administrator credentials. Implementing a least privilege solution on physical, virtual, and cloud environments stops this problem in its tracks. Without administrator credentials, there are no access points to your company’s secure information.

The good news is that eliminating administrator credentials for your users doesn’t mean a change in productivity. With the correct solution and proper implementation, your employees will be able to do their jobs and more without the risk of malware and data breaches looming over your head. Click here for more information.

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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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Basic Blocking and Tackling for Defending Against Advanced Targeted Attacks

Posted January 22, 2015    Larry Brock

With football season at its pinnacle at both the college and professional levels, the best teams continually focus on the fundamentals that make them successful. In security, we need to do the same.  It is okay for us to have a few key plays, especially in certain industries where we have to focus on unique…

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