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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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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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