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Security from Data Breaches Start from Within

Posted March 22, 2012    Peter McCalister

Keeping the bad guys out is what comes to mind for a lot of us when we think of securing our companies’ IT environment. And to be honest, this mindsit might very well be the reason we hear about so many data breaches. Companies are getting hit with breach and breach of sensitive information despite the best firewall systems and anti-malware software available. And the reason? The security focus is not in the right place. While keeping intruders out is important, keeping the liabilities and risks (read: people) inside your company at bay is far more critical. It’s no wonder breaches and leaks are still occuring- unmonitored and unmanaged users are running around our organizations with access to sensitive information. If you haven’t already started examining how to keep your information safe from the inside out, it’s time to make it a priority.

According to Mark Diodatti of Gartner, “organizations continue to struggle with excessive user privilege as it remains the primary attack point for data breaches and unauthorized transactions.” It would make sense, then, to allocate appropriate budget and resources to projects surrounding the primary attack point. Technologies like Anti-virus, firewalls, intrustion detection and prevention, email security, and web security are obviously important. Billions of dollars are spent each year in security budget to secure the outside perimeter from hostile intent…and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. It just seems to me that more focus should be allocated to the primary point of attack. With the majority of organizations still struggling with excessive user privileges, it’s clear priorities aren’t jiving with needs.

Now, more than ever, there is a strong need to evaluate the security inside our environments. 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. Click here to learn how to get started.

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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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