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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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Answering the age-old question, ‘What’s plugged into my network?’

Posted October 9, 2015    Alejandro DaCosta

“What’s plugged into my network?” is a question I hear frequently from security administrators. And, really, it’s no surprise why. No longer do we have to account just for the physical servers in our datacenters, workstations and a few network devices. Now we need to keep track of roaming laptops, dynamic virtual systems, off-site cloud deployments and BYOD.


Closing the Vulnerability Gap

Posted October 7, 2015    Brian Chappell

Managing vulnerabilities is a significant challenge for many organizations. The main difficulties with managing this manifest in two key areas. The first is that the list isn’t static. The second is priority.


Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.