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Size Doesn’t Matter When it Comes to Insider Threats

Posted November 15, 2011    Peter McCalister

Rogue employees can be found at Fortune 500 companies down to small businesses with less than ten employees. If there is one thing we know, insider threats don’t discriminate based on size. Many small businesses unfortunately suffer from the “it won’t happen to me” denial syndrome. Yet according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Report to the Nation, the median loss suffered by organizations with fewer than 100 employees was $200,000.

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Public Sector Faces Insider Threats Too

Posted November 14, 2011    Peter McCalister

Good people do bad things in the public as well as the private sector. It doesn’t matter the type or industry of an organization when sensitive information networks are breached.

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Vulnerability Management
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Firefox 8.0 Null Pointer Dereference Vulnerability

Disclosed November 14, 2011    Fully Patched
Vendors: Mozilla
Vulnerability Severity: Medium
Exploit Impact: Denial of Service
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It’s 11.11.11 Is Your Cloud More Secure?

Posted November 11, 2011    Peter McCalister

As more and more of you drive to cloud-based applications and infrastructure because you are experiencing the pressures from management who seem to buy every single bit of hype generated by the press, it becomes clear where the biggest concerns arise. Namely security.

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Vulnerability Management
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Group Policy Delegation and PowerBroker Desktops

Posted November 10, 2011    Peter McCalister

Group Policy provides powerful controls over desktop configuration, and it includes full delegation capabilities to allow network administrators to delegate Group Policy configuration tasks to others. Since Group Policy has so many powerful capabilities, it is critical to delegate certain tasks to other network administrators, without giving them Domain Admin rights or full edit rights over the entire Group Policy Object (GPO).

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Vulnerability Management
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Apple OS X Sandbox Predefined Profile Bypass Vulnerability

Disclosed November 10, 2011    Fully Patched
Vendors: Apple
Vulnerability Severity: Medium
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Time for IT to Support–and Secure–the Mac

Posted November 9, 2011    Peter McCalister

It seems that the tides have changed again with regard to Macs in the workplace, as covered by the Apple 2.0 blog on CNN Money. As noted in the post, “Hell freezes over: Forrester urges IT to support the Mac,” A new report from Forrester Research, Inc. urges IT departments to depart from their old…

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Vulnerability Management
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Microsoft Patch Tuesday – November 2011

Posted November 8, 2011    Chris Silva

This month Microsoft released four security bulletins, patching a total of four vulnerabilities. Included in this month’s bulletins is a particularly ugly vulnerability in tcpip.sys (MS11-083). This vulnerability involves sending a large amount of UDP packets to a closed port. While the amount of work to exploit seems great and Microsoft feels that exploitation will…

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Security Research
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In a Perfect World, Trust Is All You Need

Posted November 8, 2011    Peter McCalister

This week I had an interesting exchange with a full-time Linux administrator. What started out as a discussion about PowerBroker Servers Linux Edition, quickly became a heated debate about trust. After much back and forth, he said this: “At the end of the day, employers need to trust the employees. Relying on technological solutions to ‘keep honest people honest’ is putting the cart before the horse. If you can’t trust your employees, you shouldn’t have hired them.”

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Privileged Account Management
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Identity Thief Irene More Profitable Than Memphis Raines

Posted November 7, 2011    Peter McCalister

How many of you remember the Nicholas Cage character, Memphis Raines in the action movie Gone in 60 Seconds? If you do, bravo for being an action movie buff… for those of you not “in the know” he was a (fictional) car thief who had to steal 50 high end cars in just one night.

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Vulnerability Management