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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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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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