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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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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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