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Securing the Perimeter Within

Posted April 18, 2011    Peter McCalister

Now that we’ve exhausted securing the network and IT resources from outsiders, it’s time to look at a different perimeter and ensure that insider threats don’t pose a problem for today’s enterprise.

According to Mark Diodatti of the Gartner Group” Organizations continue to struggle with excessive user privilege as it remains the primary attack point for data breaches and unauthorized transactions.”  And according to a SearchSecurity.com article, “Security spending survey finds misaligned IT security budgets“, it seems that the focus on where the real threat is inside an organization isn’t matched to where the budget is being spent.

We heard and read enough about metaphorical “Guns, Gates and Guards” protecting organizations from hostile outsiders.  Technologies like Anti-virus, firewalls, intrusion detection & prevention,email security and web security have commanded $billions in security budget to secure the outside perimeter from hostile intent.  But what about the “perimeter within”?  What about insider threat?  According to the latest Poneman Study, insider breaches “now cost companies $7.2 million per data breach event.”

This now creates an even stronger need to evaluate the perimeter within.  Ensuring privilege identity management as well as data security and leak prevention are becoming corporate “need to haves” in order to prevent the insider threat from effecting your organization.  If you have questions about your “perimeter within” then contact BeyondTrust today.

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Posted August 22, 2014    Marc Maiffret

At the beginning of this month, US-CERT issued a security alert relating to a string of breaches that had been targeting Point of Sale (POS) systems. The alert details that attackers were leveraging brute forcing tools to target common remote desktop applications such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Splashtop and LogMeIn among others….

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Troubleshooting Windows Privilege Management Rules with Policy Monitor

Posted August 21, 2014    Jason Silva

When defining and testing PowerBroker for Windows rules for production or pilots, customers sometimes tell us, “I don’t think this policy / program is working.” This is usually a case of the policy not properly triggering because of the way the rule was created. A unique feature of PowerBroker for Windows compared to other solutions is a client-side…

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BeyondTrust Webcast: Darren Mar-Elia’s 4 Active Directory Change Scenarios to Track

Posted August 20, 2014    Chris Burd

In our latest webcast, we joined Darren Mar-Elia, CTO at SDM Software, to discuss best practices for Active Directory (AD) change management. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation, followed by a link to a full-length video of the presentation. Mar-Elia kicks things off with a critical insight: that the best AD change management…

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