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The Man Who Sold The World

Posted March 2, 2011    Peter McCalister

Depending on your generation (read “age”), you either know this as a classic David Bowie song and album (yes, vinyl did exist once) or an incrediblesong by Nirvana during their MTV Unplugged performance.  Since I’m on a classic rock roll (pun intended) and just saw yet another article on an insider selling corporate assets, I thought I should write a bit more about the temptations of the “over privileged”.

Yep, it’s true: power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  That may be a bit cynical, but should you really trust your corporate IT assets to just any employee who could potentially decide either on their own or with the help of your competitor, to copy, damage or delete your data for fun and profit?

This is not as uncommon as you may think.  According to the 2010 Data Breach Investigation Report by Verizon with the US Secret Service:

  1.  48% of all data breaches were caused by insiders, this is up 26% from 2009
  2. 48% also involved privilege misuse, and
  3. 98% of all data breaches came from servers

We have also reported extensively on examples ranging from Mozilla to Vodaphone. Linux.com published the Top Five Insider Attacks of the Decade and if that isn’t enough to scare you into implementing a privilege identity managment solution, eliminate admin rightsfrom desktops, servers, virtual and cloud environments and establish “least privilege” enterprise-wide, then nothing will.

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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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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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