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The Best New IT Security Book You Have To Buy Now!

Posted October 12, 2011    Peter McCalister

Okay, so I am a bit biased since I am one of the co-authors of this book published by Apress Media, but in the spirit of full disclosure this is an independent industry view on mitigating insider threats across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure and doesn’t even mention BeyondTrust.

Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things. Implementing Least Privilege will be one of the best investments you can make this holiday season if you are looking for a book that provides well-defined best practices to help organizations establish awareness of boundaries, enabling end-users and applications to communicate freely within an IT environment without worry of intentional, accidental or indirect misuse of privilege.

From the back cover:

“While you work hard to keep the bad guys out, a trusted employee, contractor or partner, can cause more damage than any outside hacker could ever do. This book will help you prevent this nightmare scenario by showing you how “less is more” when it comes to protecting your network and information assets.

Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things will help you establish a well-defined awareness of boundaries which enables end users and applications to communicate freely within an IT environment without worry of intentional, accidental, or indirect misuse of privilege. It fully details how this concept of least privilege can provide the security and governance your organization needs to succeed.

With Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things, you’ll learn:

Why unlimited administration rights are bad for your network.
How to spot and prevent the misuse of privilege throughout your organization.
Why least privilege Is a good way to mitigate insider threats and the associated costs.
How to effectively implement least privilege in your organization.
The different environments least privilege affects, such as physical and virtual servers, databases and public, private or hybrid clouds.”

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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

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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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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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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