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The Proper Insider Threat Precautions Could Save You

Posted February 21, 2012    Peter McCalister

The new California Data Breach Notification Bill (SB 24) mandating that holders of data notify consumers when their personal data has been breached went into effect at the beginning of this year.

The bill has been in the works for several years and as the number of exposed personal records continues to climb (currently estimated at about 500 million), the need to implement laws to protect consumers becomes increasingly more important. California is just one of 46 states with security breach notification laws, and the remaining few are sure to follow.

Last year saw at least 558 data breach incidents, costing U.S. businesses more than $6.5 billion. Deeper analysis of these public breaches found the average per business cost was $7.2 million. By now we all know that data breaches can happen in a number of ways: Criminal attacks, system failures or the most common culprit, accidental or intentional misuse of privilege by employees. With employee negligence being the number one cause of data breaches, having the proper privilege identity management tools in place shouldn’t fall into the category of “nice to have.” But if securing the perimeter within as a precaution for protecting data isn’t enough motivation, being faced with the possibility of a $7.2 million loss certainly should be.

By investing in the proper precautions to prevent these breaches from happening in the first place, companies can save themselves a lot of trouble, and money, in the long run.

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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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