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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 Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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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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