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People are Less Forgiving of Insider Threats than Outside Hacks

Posted April 6, 2012    Peter McCalister

A new study says that people are more likely to file a lawsuit against a company that experienced a data breach if that breach was the result of unauthorized disclosure or disposal of data than if the breach happened due to an outside hack. The study, titled Empirical Analysis of Data Breach Litigation, says “plaintiffs respond more to the careless or negligent handling by a firm of their personal information than to a firm’s inability to withstand a cyber-attack.”

As this research indicates, people are less tolerant or forgiving of missteps or carelessness with the handling of sensitive information internally, which should be a red flag to any company that has yet to institute identity and access management policies. Human nature is capricious and mistakes are inevitable – it’s unfortunate, but because these are indisputable characteristics of people companies are liable for taking the proper precautions to protect sensitive data.

The study also showed the chance of a lawsuit was 9.7 percent higher if the breach exposed financial information, while breaches involving social security numbers were negatively correlated with lawsuits, though the effect was relatively small at 2.4 percent. Any medical data or credit card data had no effect on the probability of litigation.

Regardless of what type of information your company has, be it sensitive customer data, or your own intellectual property, having the right insider threat protection policies can be the difference between forgiveness and a lawsuit.

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A Quick Look at MS14-068

Posted November 20, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft recently released an out of band patch for Kerberos.  Taking a look at the Microsoft security bulletin, it seems like there is some kind of issue with Kerberos signatures related to tickets. Further information is available in the Microsoft SRD Blogpost So it looks like there is an issue with PAC signatures.  But what…

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Password Game Show

Managing Shared Accounts for Privileged Users: 5 Best Practices for Achieving Control and Accountability

Posted November 20, 2014    Scott Lang

How do organizations ensure accountability of shared privileged accounts to meet compliance and security requirements without impacting administrator productivity? Consider these five best practices…

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Triggering MS14-066

Triggering MS14-066

Posted November 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft addressed CVE-2014-6321 this Patch Tuesday, which has been hyped as the next Heartbleed.  This vulnerability (actually at least 2 vulnerabilities) promises remote code execution in applications that use the SChannel Security Service Provider, such as Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). The details have been scarce.  Lets fix that. Looking at the bindiff of schannel.dll, we see a…

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