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The Evolving Threat Landscape

Posted May 18, 2012    Peter McCalister

With new vulnerabilities being exploited daily through desktop applications, employee-ownedcorporate security devices, remote computing, and social networks, protecting sensitive company assets can appear daunting. The boldness and inventiveness of hackers is outrunning companies’ ability to deal with them. According to DataLossDB.org, there were 1,030 publically disclosed data breach incidents in 2011. Theft of intellectual property from U.S. companies is occurring at a rate of $200B a year.

Coupled with these startling statistics, the problem of data leaks gradually gets worse as the amount of digital information created and replicated increases. By 2020, a staggering 35 zettabytes ( 1 trillion gigabytes) are projected from less than 1 zettabyte in 2009, which is equivalent to 250 billion DVDs. Plus, new standards and compliance regulations further the sense of urgency to secure and manage the entire perimeter of the IT infrastructure.

The threat surface for an organization increases with every new user and every new technology that is deployed. From the rapid acceleration of advanced persistent threat activities to the ‘consumerization’ of IT to the virtualization and private cloud blur creating gaps for attack, organizations are facing the challenge of distinguishing between potential and real threats. The best defense has always been prevention over detection of potential and real threats alike, and company security initiatives need to follow suit.

Companies need a complete end-to-end threat management solution for both internal and external vulnerabilities and threats. At BeyondTrust we believe in “Security in Context” for enterprises. Security departments cannot simply be handed a laundry list of flaws to fix; they require visibility, context, and intelligence.

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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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