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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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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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