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Tablets at the Office: Friend or Foe?

Posted May 27, 2011    Peter McCalister

According to Gartner, worldwide media tablet spending is projected to reach $29.4 billion in 2011, up from $9.6 billion in 2010. Gartner also predicts that by 2013, 80 percent of the workforce will be using tablet devices. Whether workers are being issued tablets by their employers, or bringing in their personal devices, embracing tablet computers is very attractive for many enterprises looking to keep their employees connected, while reducing costs.

But mobile malware threats are on the rise. The recent detection of a Mac OS “crime kit” could also heavily impact iPad users and serves is an indicator of what we can potentially see in the future as tablet adoption continues to grow. Presently, most tablet end points are relatively unsecured, which is cause for concern as these devices connect to the corporate network. Data storage on untrusted end points must therefore be heavily weighed and controlled. There should always be a preference for enterprise data to remain on corporate assets, with remote access capabilities limited to secure, encrypted VPN connections else the potential for misuse of privilege will occur.

Adopting smartphone security best practices will help alleviate some of the headaches associated with tablets in your network environment. It’s also important to employ stringent access controls and make sure your end users only have access to what they need to in order to do their jobs.

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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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