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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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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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