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Security is a Team Sport

Posted November 2, 2010    Peter McCalister

In organizations that aren’t sophisticated with measuring the value of risk, getting budget for security can be a tough gig. SC Magazine has an entire blog dedicated to an active running list of publicly known breaches, yet no matter how many examples you show, sometimes the logic that it will never be you is just a wishful thinking phenomenon that can’t be beat.

This is especially problematic when we talk about the risks of an accident, which requires systematic oversight to avoid. It would beSecurity is a team sport so much cheaper and easier to just not make mistakes, right? So just don’t screw up!

That must have been what the National Guard was thinking when they released the names, social security numbers, pay and more for the 155th Brigade Combat Team by accident. The data was accidentally posted to an un-secure SharePoint site.

Details of the breach are still unknown, but the National Guard believes it was done inadvertently when uploading files to a new computer system. I’m going to take the liberty of making the leap and saying that it had to be someone with administrative privileges who uploaded the database somewhere it shouldn’t have.

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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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