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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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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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