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Top 5 Data Breach Excuses Of 2011 (And What They Really Mean): Part 1

Posted January 3, 2012    Peter McCalister

SADLY, IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO TRUST ALL PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME – Gwent Police, Wales, UK, May 2011

This is one of the more favored excuses used by organizations who prefer to show some attrition for taking their eye off the ball for a few days, months, years,… (fill in the blank) later.

In this case Gwent Police announced in May that 7 employees had been internally disciplined and one dismissed over the last three years for breaches of the Data Protection Act. Campaigning group Big Brother Watch said that the figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, showed four of those internally disciplined were police officers. All the cases were due to staff members viewing information on internal police computer systems, said Gwent Police, between May 2008 and May 2011.
The databases breached included the force’s intelligence system and the incident logging system. A Gwent Police spokeswoman said our computerized systems have stringent checking facilities in place to ensure as much as possible that only appropriately risk assessed staff members can view them,” she said.

“When there are breaches or potential breaches, they are investigated and dealt with in the most effective way and lessons are learned to ensure that risks are minimized.”

BeyondTrust says: “Sadly, eating humble pie, doesn’t account for the fact that even with the most stringent employee vetting processes in place, you can’t always rely on Trust alone, when it comes to mitigating insider threat. At all times, privileged access must be elevated dependent on each employees job role, as opposed to their rank, and even then, only when that employee needs such access.”

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PowerBroker for Mac: A Least-Privileged Apple a Day…

Posted July 27, 2015    Jason Silva

BeyondTrust PowerBroker for Mac reduces the risk of privilege misuse by enabling standard users on Mac OS X to perform administrative tasks successfully without entering elevated credentials.

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On Demand Webinar – Now is the time for Privileged Account Management

Posted July 24, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

In this webinar, SANS Instructor and Founder of Voodoo Security, Dave Shackleford, will revisit several hacking and breach scenarios that involved privileged accounts, and use these as examples while discussing tools and tactics to get this problem under control once and for all.

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Privileged Account Management: The Time is Now

Posted July 22, 2015    Dave Shackleford

There’s plenty of problems we don’t have great options for in InfoSec today. Malware is a pain point that keeps evolving rapidly. 0-day exploits are tough to prepare for. Privileged account management? We got this. We know the root causes, we know how it manifests, we know how to get it under control effectively, and there are great technology solutions that are enterprise-class.

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