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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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Big Surprise: Cost of Data Breaches Up; Are you Doing the *Right* Things to Mitigate the Costs?

Posted May 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Ponemon Institute Cost of Data Breach Study – costs are going up – to the tune of a 23% increase in total costs of data breaches, and a 12% increase in per-record cost since 2013. Are you doing the right things to mitigate costs?

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The tip of the IRS data breach – and it IS an iceberg

Posted May 27, 2015    Morey Haber

The IRS has been warned for decades about their security best practices. And now, at least 100,000 Americans have had their records compromised. How? The IRS uses a service called “Get Transcript”.

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Tales from the Datacenter: Vulnerability Management Nightmares

Posted May 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Vulnerability scanning, threat management, risk analysis, patching, and configuration management are some of the major activities usually associated with vulnerability management, and none of these are new…so why are we failing so badly at many of them?

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