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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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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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Basic Blocking and Tackling for Defending Against Advanced Targeted Attacks

Posted January 22, 2015    Larry Brock

With football season at its pinnacle at both the college and professional levels, the best teams continually focus on the fundamentals that make them successful. In security, we need to do the same.  It is okay for us to have a few key plays, especially in certain industries where we have to focus on unique…

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