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Just One Open Server Is Enough For Misuse Of Privilege

Posted January 30, 2012    Peter McCalister

Gambling on the odds may be fine for a weekend in Las Vegas, but do you really want to take that same risk with your precious corporate information assets? Zappos learned the hard way what happens when even one server is at risk from a security perspective. A recent Dark Reading articled entitled “Zappos Dealing…

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January VEF winner announced. Takes home an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Posted January 26, 2012    Sarah Lieber

As you all know, every month we host our Vulnerability Expert Forum (VEF) webinar. This is a time where our experts share valuable insight regarding new vulnerabilities that are discovered and the actions that need to be taken as a result. It’s a quick way to get up to speed on current potential risks to…

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I’m Too Busy To Worry About It

Posted January 26, 2012    Peter McCalister

You ever say this to yourself? Sure, we all have at one point or another; and that’s understandable. Between the stress we sometimes feel at work and home, it’s easy to throw your hands up and think, this is just the way it is, these are the problems I have to deal with. But think…

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You Lock Your Cars And Homes- Why Not Your Enterprise?

Posted January 25, 2012    Peter McCalister

There are some things in life that are valuable and vitally important to our success and safety. Things like cars and homes, for example. They are important assets that aren’t to be left open for just anyone to access. You don’t think twice about locking them and taking precautions to protect them from thieves, intruders,…

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Insider Threat Or Stalker?

Posted January 24, 2012    Peter McCalister

We have talked about the various types of insider threats – accidental or malicious – at great length and here is a prime example of just how weird things can get when an employee decides to abuse privilege. Juliah Kechil, a former healthcare assistant at Royal Liverpool university hospital has been fined and also ordered…

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4 Bad Habits For IT To Kick in 2012

Posted January 23, 2012    Peter McCalister

Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to adopt bad habits? The crazy thing is that no one is immune; they plague each and every one of us. Whether we were taught incorrect practices or are just looking for shortcuts to make our lives/jobs/situations easier, each of us yields to poor patterns at some point…

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5 Things That Keep a CISO up at Night

Posted January 20, 2012    Sarah Lieber

Recently I had the unique experience to attend a presentation given by the CISO of a major entertainment network which took place at eEye’s annual sales and marketing kickoff.  It was an excellent presentation, where he shared things like his past experiences, how he and his team select security products and which metrics matter most…

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News Year’s Resolution For 2012: Practice Safe Security

Posted January 20, 2012    Peter McCalister

Admit it. You follow certain practices within your IT environment you know to be risky from a security perspective. You’re not alone. In fact, the number of IT professionals who routinely and knowingly take such risks is surprisingly high. Often the rationale is reasonable: you have limited resources and more IT projects than your staff…

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Post-Password Predictions And What They Mean For You

Posted January 18, 2012    Peter McCalister

The list of problems with passwords has been documented over and over again: Users keeping spreadsheets of their personal passwords, using ordinary everyday words, keeping their passwords on sticky notes, or constantly harassing the IT department for help with forgotten passwords–the list goes on and on. Even clever password creation and rating sites have been…

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Follow The Leader? Or Face Insider Threats…

Posted January 17, 2012    Peter McCalister

It has been nearly six years since the inception of WikiLeaks, yet the U.S. government has just begun to identify methods to combat insider threats within the military. In October, President Obama established an “Insider Threat Task Force” to help prevent potentially damaging and embarrassing exposure of government secrets. He also unveiled new computer security…

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