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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 Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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