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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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The “insider” threat. Is it real, or is it being blown out of proportion?

Posted March 4, 2015    G. Mark Hardy

A lot depends on whether or not you’ve been compromised. And therein lies the problem. Cyber threats are often ignored until they cause some damage, at which point management looks for people to blame and gives all kinds of attention to fixing the problem – until the next crisis in accounting or warehousing or staffing comes along.

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Webinar March 4th: Recreating the Carbanak Breach & Techniques for Mitigating Similar Attacks

Posted March 3, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

Join BeyondTrust Research and Development team for an in-depth live webinar that will explore the attack vectors used in the Carbanak Bank Breach and share successful mitigation techniques needed to prevent this type of attack.

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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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