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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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Webinar Winner! Congratulations to the Winner of Our Motorola Xoom Tablet Giveaway!

Posted November 6, 2011    Mike Puterbaugh

Recently we hosted a webinar with VMware, “Close Your Virtual App Security Gap”. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the materials from that webcast, you can find the slides here. It was a great session, where the eEye and VMware ThinApp product teams talked about virtual app security and how virtual apps can…

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New Least Privilege Book Garners Initial Reviews

Posted November 4, 2011    Peter McCalister

Two weeks ago a new book called “Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things” was published by Apress Media, and I even published the top 10 reasons to buy the book last week in this blog, but why take my word for it when you can look to those independent reviewers for unbiased insight?. Bob…

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Microsoft Excel 2003 Use After Free

Disclosed November 4, 2011    No Patch Available
Vendors: Microsoft
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
Exploit Availability:
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Close Your Virtual App Security Gap

Posted November 3, 2011    Mike Puterbaugh

Virtual apps, and specifically those deployed by market leading VMware’s ThinApp technology, are becoming increasingly popular in the financial services and healthcare-related fields, as well as with government agencies.   Why?  The technology allows IT teams easily streamline application mobility and eliminate application conflicts on the desktop, which at the end of the day, means…

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It’s the Little Things That Count

Posted November 3, 2011    Peter McCalister

As we discussed several times, enterprise IT security isn’t easy. As recent article at Dark Reading makes clear, part of the reason is that even the smallest flaw can lead to a major security breach.

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13 Data Breaches Preventable WIth Least Privilege

Posted November 2, 2011    Peter McCalister

Most companies fear the cost of data breaches more than anything, while others fear the embarassing negative publicity wich can have even great negative impact on their organization when misuse of privilege makes the national news.

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Apache HTTP Server ap_pregsub() buffer overflow

Disclosed November 2, 2011    Fully Patched
Vendors: Apache Software Foundation
Vulnerability Severity: Medium
Exploit Impact: Elevation of Privilege
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Why To Consider Partners As Potential Insider Threats Too

Posted November 1, 2011    Peter McCalister

In early September BeyondTrust CMO Brian Anderson covered the news around Stanford Hospital & Clinics medical privacy breach that resulted in 20,000 patients’ personal data being publicly available on a website for nearly a year. At the time the breach was first reported by The New York Times, it was unclear how the data made it onto the website.

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Data Breaches…And How Insiders Affect Them

Posted October 31, 2011    Peter McCalister

With all the data breaches in the news these days, security is definitely a hot topic in the information technology community. Preventing risks and threats is the core of keeping information, and ultimately people, safe.

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