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

Posted January 9, 2012    Peter McCalister

DON’T COMMENT AT ALL – EVEN WHEN A GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG OUTS YOUR POOR PRACTICE MUCH LATER – Numerous UK Local Authorities up to Nov 2011

This strategy is used by organisations who know that trying to make an excuse for such widespread poor practice is like pouring petrol on a fire. Best to keep quiet and hope it all goes away.

As reported in the UK’s Guardian newspaper in November 2011, of 1,035 breaches which happened at UK Local government authories over 3 years up to 2011, only 55 were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Quite understandable when you consider the glaring poor practice involved in some of them. It’s not just the loss of physical storage devices which was obviously embarrassing, but the downright incompentent such as the Buckinghamshire CC employee who accidentally sent about 2,000 email addresses to the public, or the ccanned case notes relating to children which were published on Facebook by an employee at Kent council.

BeyondTrust says: Mitigating against insider threat is not just about protecting data assets from employees with malicious intent, but also against unintentional and accidental harm. This is best achieved with the fine grained management of privileges, by establishing boundaries which permit employees to do their job well, and nothing more, as opposed to building walls which require them to request support from IT Admin, everytime they want to go to the bathroom.

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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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