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2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report: More End Users as Threats

Posted April 15, 2015    Scott Lang

The 2015 Verizon report says end users are the number one source of insider abuse incidents. Find out how to mitigate the risks.

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The Anthem Breach: What We Know Now

Posted February 5, 2015    Morey Haber

I learned about the breach directly from the CEO before all the hype and speculation hit. This is the level of caring and responsibility I personally expect as an Anthem customer. So now that the news is out there, let’s talk about the technical aspects of the breach.

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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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CVE-2014-1824 – A New Windows Fuzzing Target

Posted November 25, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

As time progresses, due to constant fuzzing and auditing many common Microsoft products are becoming reasonably hard targets to fuzz and find interesting crashes.  There are two solutions to this: write a better fuzzer (http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/afl/) or pick a less audited target. In a search for less audited attack surface, we are brought to MS14-038, Vulnerability…

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You still need to start with the security best practices

Posted October 14, 2014    Tony Bradley

This blog post is republished with the permission of Techspective.net. See the original post here. – By: Tony Bradley, Editor-in-Chief, TechSpective.net A new cyber espionage threat dubbed “Sandworm” was revealed today. It exploits a zero day flaw that exists in all supported versions of the Windows operating system, and has apparently been active since 2009. That was FIVE years ago….

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Why big data breaches won’t always be so easy

Posted September 19, 2014    Byron Acohido

This blog post is republished with the permission of ThirdCertainty. See the original post here. — By: Byron Acohido, Editor-In-Chief, ThirdCertainty Some day, perhaps fairly soon, it will be much more difficult for data thieves to pull off capers like the headline-grabbing hacks of Home Depot and Target. That’s not a pipe dream. It’s the projected outcome…

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On-Demand Webcast: The Little JPEG that Could (Hack Your Organization) with Marcus Murray

Posted September 10, 2014    Chris Burd

IT security has come a long way, but every once in a while you see something that makes you think otherwise. Every day, internal and external hackers breach and traverse “secure” environments, making you wonder just how easy it is for attackers to completely compromise your network. In a new on-demand BeyondTrust webcast, Marcus Murray,…

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Webcast Recap: SMB Security Consolidation Strategies that Save Time and Money with Dave Shackleford

Posted September 4, 2014    Chris Burd

Of all the challenges that overwhelm the small business IT environment, the most overwhelming is asking the IT team to wear many hats. From operations and security to compliance and daily operations, the tasks are many but the resources are few. When you’re managing IT in a smaller sized organization with fewer people and smaller…

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New IT Security Best Practices for Maintaining “Business as Usual” Despite Evolving Threats

Posted August 13, 2014    Morey Haber

It’s time to get back to business. Here in the U.S., summer vacations are wrapping up and businesses are looking forward to closing out 2014. Over the past year, we’ve seen several incidents that warrant changes in the ways consumers make purchases and businesses conduct transactions. Consider last week’s theft of a whopping 1.2 billion…

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IT and Security Collaboration: A Quick Win for Risk Management

Posted August 4, 2014    Morey Haber

During World War II, the United States posted flyers such as “Loose Lips Might Sink Ships” to discourage gossip and sharing data that could ultimately end up in enemy hands. More recently we’ve heard, “If You See Something, Say Something.” Both bits of wisdom apply to security within organizations. Users have to consider the potential…

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