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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 February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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