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New Least Privilege Book Garners Initial Reviews

Posted November 4, 2011    Peter McCalister

Two weeks ago a new book called “Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things” was published by Apress Media, and I even published the top 10 reasons to buy the book last week in this blog, but why take my word for it when you can look to those independent reviewers for unbiased insight?.

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Bob Gligorea, an information technology and services professional with the following industry certifications: CISA, CISM, CPA, CIA, CCP and CDP said “Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things is the first information security book I’ve read that adequately addresses the need to implement information security in a balanced approach which addresses all threats, both internal and external.”

10 Ways to Stop Insider Security Threats is the article/review published by Dan McCafferty at Baseline Magazine along with a very cool slide show.

Jason at 404TechSupport said “The book takes an explanatory role. It addresses three audiences: auditors, business people, and IT professionals. It explains the difference between access, authentication, and authorization. One theme that is often brought up is that rank should not equal privilege. Just because somebody came in at the VP level doesn’t mean they get local admin rights… If you’re a business user or exec, this book might be more speaking your language and help you get caught up on thinking through least privilege.”

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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