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Public Sector Faces Insider Threats Too

Posted November 14, 2011    Peter McCalister

Good people do bad things in the public as well as the private sector. It doesn’t matter the type or industry of an organization when sensitive information networks are breached.

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I was perusing DarkReading.com recently and came upon an inset graph titled “By The Numbers” that stated “Accidental acts by employees and malicious software caused the greatest number of internal breaches with state organizations and more than 20 percent of state CIOs say they have had no internal breaches.” (based on a 2010 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study).

As you can see, 55% of the state CIOs have experienced “Accident Prone Annie” type breaches while 36%+ have seen “Disgruntled Dave” type breaches. What scares me (and my tax dollars at work) are the 21% who believe they have no internal breaches at all. Are they serious?

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PowerBroker for Unix & Linux helps prevent Shellshock

Posted September 25, 2014    Paul Harper

Like many other people who tinker with UNIX and Linux on a regular basis, BASH has always been my shell of choice.  Dating back to the early days moving from Windows to a non-Windows platform, mapping the keys correctly to allow easy navigation and control helped ensure an explosion of use for the shell. Unfortunately,…

Bash “Shellshock” Vulnerability – Retina Updates

Posted September 24, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

A major vulnerability was recently discovered within bash which allows arbitrary command execution via specially crafted environment variables. This is possible due to the fact that bash supports the assignment of shell functions to shell variables. When bash parses environment shell functions, it continues parsing even after the closing brace of the function definition. If…

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7 Reasons Customers Switch to Password Safe for Privileged Password Management

Posted September 24, 2014    Chris Burd

It’s clear that privileged password management tools are essential for keeping mission-critical data, servers and assets safe and secure. However, as I discussed in my previous post, there are several pitfalls to look out for when deploying a privileged password management solution. At this point, you may be wondering how BeyondTrust stacks up. With that,…

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