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The University of Winchester Selects PowerBroker Desktops

Posted June 14, 2011    Peter McCalister

The University of Winchester is an educational institution in the United Kingdom with a strong heritage and innovatice teaching model. Their 5,900+ students enjoy educational challenges in 17 different departments at the hands of over 650 staff members.

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Unified Vulnerability Management for Financial Organizations

Posted June 14, 2011    Morey Haber

If you are in the financial sector, how are you protecting your financial systems from tampering? If you are the CEO or CFO you must ensure that you financial reports are accurate, delivered in a timely fashion, and do not contain any information that was tampered with. This requires securing critical information technology systems that…

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Monitoring the Highly Privileged User

Posted June 13, 2011    Peter McCalister

Today there are more insider data breaches than ever before. Verizon reports that in 2010, 48 percent of all breaches were attributed to users who abused their network privileges to maliciously access and distribute sensitive corporate information. Even minor policy violations, whether deliberate or inadvertent, the study finds, correlate directly with more serious abuse. At…

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McAfee Vulnerability Manager Utilizes Least Privilege

Posted June 10, 2011    Peter McCalister

We recently announced the integration of our PowerBroker Server with McAfee’s Vulnerability Manager to help smooth compliance processes. The integration will give our customer’s the ability to better manage user access and privileges, while simultaneously expanding the coverage of security scans for a more complete, accurate view of IT security and compliance across physical, virtual…

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Insider Threats Aren’t Perpetrated By The Obvious: Part 2

Posted June 9, 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. If you have…

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Security and the Cloud

Posted June 8, 2011    Brad Hibbert

When enterprise applications and services migrate from the physical data center, organizations begin to lose visibility and control as the shared infrastructure model of the cloud forces IT to give up their traditional control over the network and system resources. As a result, many organizations and cloud providers will tell you that security continues to…

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A Shiny New Internet Expands Address Space and CyberSecurity

Posted June 8, 2011    Peter McCalister

Wednesday, June 8, engineers, technicians and content providers who rely on the internet’s viability will conduct a grand, global experiment. On World IPv6 Day, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) will go live for a day on the public internet – turning on everywhere for (at least) 24 hours. Hopefully, not too much will break in…

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Reporting Snapshots and Saved Views

Posted June 7, 2011    Morey Haber

I would like to tell you about a new feature recently added to Retina Insight. It may sound so simple but it solves a huge problem for businesses that like to perform ad-hoc reports.  If your one of those companies that likes to run reports ad-hoc, when you want, and review it compared to older…

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Insider Threats Aren’t Perpetrated By The Obvious: Part 1

Posted June 7, 2011    Peter McCalister

It would be nice if every villain inside your organization walked around wearing a big sign that broadcasts “bad guy looking to do bad things”, but alas it is only in the cartoons and movies of Hollywood where you can always find the stereotypical bad guy: black top hat, curled black mustache and sinister grin.

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Yours Mine and Ours

Posted June 6, 2011    Peter McCalister

As we previously discussed, a recent report by the Ponemon Institute on the Security of Cloud Computing Providers showed “the majority of cloud computing providers do not consider security as one of their most important responsibilities”. So what are you to do if you want to use the cloud and need to do it in a secure and compliant way? To me it’s a matter of shared responsibility – yours, mine and ours.

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