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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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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

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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