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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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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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