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Linux Proliferation Raises Security & Compliance Alerts

Posted November 16, 2010    Peter McCalister

The Linux Foundation recently conducted a survey of Linux users who represent the largest enterprise companies and government agencies. The survey found that Linux is poised for growth in the coming years, with 76.4 percent of companies planning to add more Linux servers in the next year.

Linux workloads are also changing, with 60.2 percent of respondents claiming that they plan to use Linux for more mission-critical workloads than they have in the past. Since Linux is on the brink of a usage explosion and considering that a large portion of Linux resources are going to be used for mission-critical workloads, enterprises must ensure that proper security and compliance planning is being transitioned in with the new Linux systems.

A first step that should be taken is implementing a solution that has the ability to delegate granular (least) privileges and authorization without disclosing the root password for Linux platforms. By protecting the root password from misuse of privileged access, an enterprise will be able to meet the security and compliance demands of a Linux server and desktop explosion.

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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