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Size Doesn’t Matter When it Comes to Insider Threats

Posted November 15, 2011    Peter McCalister

Rogue employees can be found at Fortune 500 companies down to small businesses with less than ten employees. If there is one thing we know, insider threats don’t discriminate based on size. Many small businesses unfortunately suffer from the “it won’t happen to me” denial syndrome. Yet according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Report to the Nation, the median loss suffered by organizations with fewer than 100 employees was $200,000.

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Insider threats are becoming a global phenomenon. Every company in every part of the world is subject to some level of insider threat. And guess what? Insider villains are just as unidentifiable in the UK as they are in the U.S. They appear just as innocuous in Poughkeepsie as they do in Perth.

You can’t rely on everyone being a saint or competent all of the time. It’s not just malicious employees intent on destroying information systems that can cause havoc, but also the negligent, misinformed, and downright nosey, who can compromise sensitive data. In most situations it’s more often than not the case that such people have way too much privilege access – admin rights on the desktop, root password on server – for the role they are required to play.

Whether we like it or not, good people can do bad things intentionally, accidentally, or indirectly, and it is our responsibility to take measures to prevent this. Implementing the best practice of least privilege and using a privileged identity management solution greatly helps to mitigate the risks of insider threats.

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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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