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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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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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Basic Blocking and Tackling for Defending Against Advanced Targeted Attacks

Posted January 22, 2015    Larry Brock

With football season at its pinnacle at both the college and professional levels, the best teams continually focus on the fundamentals that make them successful. In security, we need to do the same.  It is okay for us to have a few key plays, especially in certain industries where we have to focus on unique…

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