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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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Why big data breaches won’t always be so easy

Posted September 19, 2014    Byron Acohido

This blog post is republished with the permission of ThirdCertainty. See the original post here. – By: Byron Acohido, Editor-In-Chief, ThirdCertainty Some day, perhaps fairly soon, it will be much more difficult for data thieves to pull off capers like the headline-grabbing hacks of Home Depot and Target. That’s not a pipe dream. It’s the projected outcome…

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8 Reasons Your Privileged Password Management Solution Will Fail

Posted September 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Leveraging complex, frequently updated passwords is a basic security best practice for protecting privileged accounts in your organization. But if passwords are such a no-brainer, why do two out of three data breaches tie back to poor password management? The fact is that not all privileged password management strategies are created equal, so it’s critical…

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You Change Your Oil Regularly; Why Not Your Passwords?

Posted September 11, 2014    Chris Burd

There are many things in life that get changed regularly:  your car oil, toothbrush and hopefully, your bed sheets.  It’s rare that you give these things much thought – even when you forget to change them. But what if you’re forgetting something that can cost you millions of dollars if left unchanged for long periods…

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