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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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Webinar March 4th: Recreating the Carbanak Breach & Techniques for Mitigating Similar Attacks

Posted March 3, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

Join BeyondTrust Research and Development team for an in-depth live webinar that will explore the attack vectors used in the Carbanak Bank Breach and share successful mitigation techniques needed to prevent this type of attack.

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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

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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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