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Managing Mobile Workers

Posted May 19, 2011    Peter McCalister

According to a Runzheimer survey released last month, 45 percent of today’s workforce is mobile. For companies, having such an extensive number of remote employees can provide a number of great advantages, but it has plenty of downsides too.

Among the top concerns of enterprise executives is being able to effectively manage the mobile workforce to ensure maximum productivity and control the distribution of data. IT mangers have indicated that it is a lot more challenging to keep remote employees informed of security policies and initiatives. And on top of that, mobile workers are significantly more likely to access dangerous content than those in the office. Additionally, when employees bring their own personal mobile devices into the office network fray, security management can seem like a nightmare.

But it’s not all bad. By combining the deployment of up-to-date security solutions with instituting best practices and compliance standards, organizations have a golden opportunity to capitalize on all of the positive aspects of a mobile workforce, while minimizing the potential for data losses, breaches, or even worse. Part of companies’ mobile security strategy should also include implementing a least privilege solution, ensuring that remote workers can only access the data and perform the computing functions needed to do their jobs. Employees can’t lose what they can’t access.

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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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