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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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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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Basic Blocking and Tackling for Defending Against Advanced Targeted Attacks

Posted January 22, 2015    Larry Brock

With football season at its pinnacle at both the college and professional levels, the best teams continually focus on the fundamentals that make them successful. In security, we need to do the same.  It is okay for us to have a few key plays, especially in certain industries where we have to focus on unique…

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