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More Collaboration Needed For IT Governance and Compliance

Posted November 29, 2010    Peter McCalister

In a new survey conducted by Unisphere Research, results showed that even as many Database Administrators (DBAs) are willing to assume much needed security practices in their daily duties, there is an overwhelming communication disconnect between these data managers and the security and executive leadership responsible for the data security at the end of the day.

The report surveyed 761 members of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) in September 2010.  Behind human error, the most commonly cited challenges to database security are insider hacks and the abuse of privileges (44%).

The key take away from the report is that there is a disconnect between what DBAs know needs to be done at the technical level, versus the amount of support and awareness the executives on the business side actually give to them.

Monitoring database access is part of the solution, but addressing the misuse of privilege requires going beyond that.  It is just as essential to continually audit privileges to ensure that employees and partners only have access to the minimum amount of sensitive data necessary to perform their duties.  This requirement for separation of duties is also a cornerstone of virtually all compliance regulations.

One in five respondents “fear that their organization will experience a major data breach over the coming months, but few are aware of the potential costs to their organizations.”Among those respondents that are aware of where data breaches have occurred, they cite “a pattern of inside abuse and errors.”

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Posted August 3, 2015    Russell Smith

The risks of using privileged domain accounts on devices that are not secured to the same level as DCs increases the chances that domain administrator credentials could be exposed. Windows caches credentials by default to authenticate users when a domain controller can’t be reached, including those of domain administrator accounts that have previously logged in to a device. As such, a compromised workstation or member server can also lead to stolen domain administrator credentials.

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PowerBroker for Mac: A Least-Privileged Apple a Day…

Posted July 27, 2015    Jason Silva

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On Demand Webinar – Now is the time for Privileged Account Management

Posted July 24, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

In this webinar, SANS Instructor and Founder of Voodoo Security, Dave Shackleford, will revisit several hacking and breach scenarios that involved privileged accounts, and use these as examples while discussing tools and tactics to get this problem under control once and for all.

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