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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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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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