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Microsoft Patch Tuesday – August 2011

Posted August 9, 2011    Chris Silva

True to form for the even months of 2011, Microsoft released thirteen security bulletins today. Of the most interest are MS11-057 (Internet Explorer) and MS11-058 (DNS Server). While it has become fairly commonplace for Microsoft to release an Internet Explorer patch every other month, this release also patches IE9 – the second time a critical…

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Cloud Security Fears an Exaggeration? We Think Not.

Posted August 9, 2011    Peter McCalister

According to a recent Computerworld article, outgoing Federal CIO Vivek Kundra was quoted as saying that cloud security fears are being exaggerated. Let’s take a brief look at some of the top government cloud service providers approved by the General Services Administration and see how they have fared in security, just in terms of malicious insiders.

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PCI-DSS And Least Privilege

Posted August 8, 2011    Peter McCalister

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) is a set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing payment account data security in an effort to thwart the theft of sensitive cardholder information. The core group of requirements is as follows:

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Privileged Account Management
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Least Privilege Becoming a Matter of National Security

Posted August 5, 2011    Peter McCalister

We’ve been saying for years that enterprises need to pay attention to the risk of insider threat. Managing privileged access to IT information is both a security best practice as well as a stepin the right direction as far as productivity goes. Allowing employees and contractors to access information beyond what they need is both irresponsible and expensive, especially as more and more companies fall victim to breaches caused by supposed “trusted” insiders. It’s a very real IT threat, and one that must be addressed at every level. Especially by major utility facilities, as this special report by ABC points out.

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Vulnerability Management
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Center for Digital Strategies And Securing The Perimeter Within

Posted August 4, 2011    Peter McCalister

With our focus on managing the perimeter within we think a lot about the role of human and organizational behavior as well as technology in managing the insider threat. So it was great to discover that he folks at Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College are doing a lot of great research on human element of IT security.

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Treat The Symptom Or Cure The Disease

Posted August 3, 2011    Peter McCalister

When virus outbreaks, data thefts and other security breaches impact an organizations computing systems, most will treat the symptoms instead of curing the disease. Treating the symptoms might include updating security software or policies, adding additional layers of security technology, and possibly locking down users so tightly that their productivity suffers.

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Privileged Account Management
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Hacker Popularity Overshadows Insider Attacks

Posted August 2, 2011    Peter McCalister

Anonymous and LulzSec attacks have been making a splash across news headlines this summer. It should come as no surprise that hacker attacks are far more publicized than insider attacks. In fact, according to the 2011 CyberSecurity Watch Survey conducted by CSO Magazine and Deloitte, 70 percent of insider incidents are handled internally without legal action.

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Vulnerability Management
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3 Reasons POS Should Give A DAM

Posted August 1, 2011    Peter McCalister

Just when you thought we exceeded our TLA (three letter acronym) quota for the year, up pops this idea for a blog based on a recent discussion with a national retailer, and I couldn’t resist the play on acronyms and the potential for multiple interpretations. But don’t let the TLAs scare you. This is actually a serious topic that does effect any of you who are responsible for compliance across remote sales locations.

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Data Governance – Why and How?

Posted July 30, 2011    Morgan Holm

In my first blog post I talked about proving and maintaining compliance for data governance rules defined for file system resources in the enterprise. This post will continue the discussion of data governance, reviewing some of the reasons organizations are implementing these policies and processes as well as the main challenges associated defining the rules…

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Intent Versus Actions And Least Privilege

Posted July 29, 2011    Peter McCalister

Insider threats are a global phenomenon. Every company in every part of the world is subject to some level of insider threat. And guess what? Insider villains are just as unidentifiable in the UK as they are in the US. They appear just as innocuous in Poughkeepsie as they do in Perth.

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