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Microsoft Patch Tuesday – April 2012

Posted April 10, 2012    Chris Silva

April is upon us, and for Patch Tuesday Microsoft delivered six security bulletins, patching a total of eleven vulnerabilities. MS12-027 is the most urgent, as Microsoft has rated it critical and has stated that there are targetted attacks leveraging this vulnerability – patch this one first.

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People are Less Forgiving of Insider Threats than Outside Hacks

Posted April 6, 2012    Peter McCalister

A new study says that people are more likely to file a lawsuit against a company that experienced a data breach if that breach was the result of unauthorized disclosure or disposal of data than if the breach happened due to an outside hack. The study, titled Empirical Analysis of Data Breach Litigation, says “plaintiffs…

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Quest vWorkspace “pnllmcli.dll” ActiveX Arbitrary Overwrite Vulnerability

Disclosed April 5, 2012    Workaround Available
Vendors: Quest Software (Dell)
Vulnerability Severity: Medium
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Quest Toad ActiveX Vulnerability

Disclosed April 5, 2012    Workaround Available
Vendors: Quest Software (Dell)
Vulnerability Severity: Medium
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Firewalls Not Preventing Data Breaches? Try a Dose of Least Privilege

Posted April 4, 2012    Peter McCalister

An article was published last month indicating a malware-infected computer at ConnecticutCollege was the cause of the breach of 18,000 social security numbers of teachers, employees, and student workers. According to the report, “a computer in the CCSU business office was infected in December, and sat on the system for eight days before it was…

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The Least Privilege Ecosystem

Posted April 3, 2012    Peter McCalister

It took Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union nearly one year to notify its members of a data breach, which involved employees improperly accessing customer names, addresses and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. As a result of the data breach, the credit union plans to have employees participate in a new training…

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Virtual Machines Sprouting in Your Datacenter Require Security and Control

Posted April 2, 2012    Peter McCalister

Are your virtual machines like weeds that continue to pop up everywhere? This is often referred to as virtual machine (VM) sprawl. VM sprawl can weaken your security posture, making your systems vulnerable to both external and internal threats. In Subbu’s blog last week, he discussed how advanced persistent threats (APT) can utilize privileged access…

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Quest InTrust ActiveX Multiple Vulnerabilites

Disclosed March 30, 2012    Workaround Available
Vendors: Quest Software (Dell)
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
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Exploitability in Context

Posted March 28, 2012    Alejandro DaCosta

Every year there are literally tens of thousands of new vulnerabilities discovered across the various software and hardware technologies we rely upon every day. Simple math would seem to dictate an impossible task to manage all of these vulnerabilities and to make the real-world, priority-based decisions on them. Vulnerability management is one thing, but for…

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Nefarious and Angry Employees Still a Primary Threat to Organizations

Posted March 26, 2012    Peter McCalister

A new Ponemon study reports that the number of data breaches caused by malicious attacksincreased from 31 percent in 2010 to 37 percent in 2011, with malicious insiders being responsible for 33 percent of attacks. In the report Ponemon states, “We think about the evil hacker, which is pretty serious stuff, but in our study,…

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