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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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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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