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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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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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