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Securing Your Reputation…because it’s Everything.

Posted June 25, 2012    Peter McCalister

Consumer facing technology companies seem to be falling victim to data breaches more recently and as a result are coming under the microscope for not having proper security measures in place. With so much press focusing on this issue, not only are companies forced to become transparent in their security practices, their reputation is stained, resulting in consumer confidence diminishing.

Earlier this month Vincente Silveira, director at LinkedIn, confirmed a breach of security resulting in six and a half million passwords being posted on a Russian online forum. Roughly 25 percent of their worldwide users were directed to change their passwords due this immense hack. The same hacker also allegedly stole 1.5 milllion passwords from the online dating site eHarmony this month.

As an aftershock to the hype, LinkedIn is now facing a $5 million class-action lawsuit. In a recent article by eWeek, the suit claims the social networking site’s data security measures were ineffective. The article goes on to state that while LinkedIn did use a technique called hashing to encrypt information, they failed to add a second layer called salting.

Diminishing user confidence around the security of a technology’s platform can have long term effects on reputation, especially for a company that recently became publically traded. Not only user base, but investor confidence is tried too. No one says it better than Warren Buffet, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Taking the proper steps to have a fortified security perimeter in place prevents having to deal with painstaking damage control. Ongoing and frequently updated security processes are crucial to stay competitive in an ever-changing threat landscape.

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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