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Privilege gone wild! Our latest survey finds privileged users are out of control.

Posted October 22, 2013    Sarah Lieber

Did you know that 40% of employees have unnecessary access rights? What about that over 25% of employees admitted to having retrieved information not relevant to their job like financial, reports, salary info, HR and personnel docs? Now have I caught your attention?

As our latest security survey proves, insider threats continue to be a serious threat vector for organizations. Employees are being granted excessive privileges and access for their particular roles and it’s resulting in unnecessary risks to organizations across the globe. These findings further set in stone just how important it is to deploy proper identity and privilege management within your organization. “The insider threat has always been a vulnerability we take very seriously at BeyondTrust and it’s our goal to help customers combat this growing problem,” explains Brad Hibbert, EVP of Product Strategy at BeyondTrust. Read the full press release here.

Additional key survey takeaways:

  • 44 percent of employees have access rights that are not necessary to their current role
  • 80 percent of respondents believe that it’s at least somewhat likely that employees access sensitive or confidential data out of curiosity
  • Over three-quarters of respondents say the risk to their organization caused by the insecurity of privileged users will increase over the next few years
  • Customer information is considered most likely at risk if there’s a lack of proper access controls over privileged users

Privilege Gone Wild

The survey reflects responses from 265 IT decision makers including security managers, and network and systems engineers across a number of industries including financial services, manufacturing, and government, among others.

BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker solutions help balance the requirements of users, with those of security and compliance teams, for Linux, Unix and Windows environments. Learn more about PowerBroker for Windows here.

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The “insider” threat. Is it real, or is it being blown out of proportion?

Posted March 4, 2015    G. Mark Hardy

A lot depends on whether or not you’ve been compromised. And therein lies the problem. Cyber threats are often ignored until they cause some damage, at which point management looks for people to blame and gives all kinds of attention to fixing the problem – until the next crisis in accounting or warehousing or staffing comes along.

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Webinar March 4th: Recreating the Carbanak Breach & Techniques for Mitigating Similar Attacks

Posted March 3, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

Join BeyondTrust Research and Development team for an in-depth live webinar that will explore the attack vectors used in the Carbanak Bank Breach and share successful mitigation techniques needed to prevent this type of attack.

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How to Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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