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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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How to Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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