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The Outside Insider Threat

Posted July 26, 2011    Peter McCalister

Gone are the days when insider threats meant you either had a malicious employee or someone made a mistake; in today’s world the insider threat is far more complex, often starting from the outside and working its way in.

Now, criminal hackers are taking a new approach to infiltrating organizations by using digital versions of old-fashioned con games – gain the trust of an employee, sometimes by pretending to be a fellow co-worker, and entice them to share sensitive information, such as a password, that will allow the hacker to gain access to the companies’ information. In situations like this having the right privilege identity management policies in place can mean the difference between protecting your organization and facing a major security risk.

In a recent survey by Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, almost 80 percent of participating chief information security officers said they worried more about the threat of humans, rather than technology, to their IT infrastructure. By only allowing employees access to information that is necessary for them to perform their jobs, organizations are limiting the amount of people who know sensitive access information, such as passwords, thus mitigating the risk of that information being shared with the wrong person.

Human error is inevitable, but there are steps that organizations can take to best equip themselves for dealing with the nature of today’s technologically advanced online criminals.

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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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