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Our CEO Quoted in The New York Times, “Struggling to Recover from a Cyberattack”

Posted August 24, 2012    Peter McCalister

Today, The New York Times published an article (both in print and online), “Struggling to Recover from a Cyberattack”, a real-world account of how one organization dealt with a crippling cyberattack, driven by an insider. After MyBizHomepage was hacked, its founder, Peter Justen, considered declaring bankruptcy or shutting down. Our CEO, John Mutch, provided the walk-off quote for the article. His excerpt below:

John Mutch, chief executive of BeyondTrust, a global provider of security software: “Unfortunately for Mr. Justen, he probably needed to lock the system down before firing his C.T.O. If he decides to go forward, he should consider building role-based security around his company’s critical assets that limits who can access what.”

This is a topic not to be taken lightely. Cyber attacks are a major concern for security and compliance folks (and quite frankly CEOs and board members) everywhere. For much of the industry it has become a “when” situation, not an “if” when it comes to cyber attacks. It’s safe to say this article will be passed around for some time.

So what steps/systems/actions do you have in place now that limits access and control to such sensitive data and systems? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please comment below.

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Answering the age-old question, ‘What’s plugged into my network?’

Posted October 9, 2015    Alejandro DaCosta

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Closing the Vulnerability Gap

Posted October 7, 2015    Brian Chappell

Managing vulnerabilities is a significant challenge for many organizations. The main difficulties with managing this manifest in two key areas. The first is that the list isn’t static. The second is priority.


Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.