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Uncontested Lay Up

Posted October 27, 2011    Peter McCalister

Last week talked about the basics of how you can address the risk of insider attacks from former employees. A recent study of IT managers and network administrators conducted by Amplitude Research on behalf of VanDyke Software, shows a growing concern about insider threats, particularly unauthorized access by current and former employees. Unauthorized access by current and former employees was cited by 11% of the survey respondents, as a reason cited network intrusions, the 4th most frequent response.

Using an Active Directory bridge product like PowerBroker Identity Services for seamless integration of Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X with Microsoft Active Directory allows you to cut off privileged access to key systems by deactivating AD accounts when an employee leaves the company. As close to a slam dunk as it gets in enterprise IT security.

This week I did a webcast with our friends at Symplified on cloud security. We talked about the many complexities and challenges of security in the cloud, but they also provide a simple to implement solution to another challenge with former employees – access to SAAS applications.

Symplified allows you to link your or other user stores like LDAP to provide single sign on and making de-provisioning of former employees from those apps part of your normal account deactivation procedure. Not quite slam dunk, but an uncontested layup.

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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