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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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Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

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Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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