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We Are Now Entering The “Goldilocks Zone”

Posted December 28, 2011    Peter McCalister

Turns out that Goldilocks isn’t just a children’s story, or even a metaphor used by marketing-types extolling the vices of extremeism and the virtues of “just right” privileges.

Yep, even astronomers coop Goldilocks to describe the perfect zone for habitable planets. In a recent Associated Press article titled “New Earth-like Planet Discovered Outside Our Solar System” it was reported that the possibility for a habitable planet besides Earth might have finally been located. The article goes on further to state “The planet is smack in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone, that hard to find place that’s not too hot, not too cold, where water, which is essential for life, doesn’t freeze or boil. And it has a shopping mall-like surface temperature of near 72 degrees, scientists say.”

Shopping mall-like temperatures not withstanding, it is still a good lesson for every IT professional concerned with security and the impact of outsider versus insider threat as it relates to the potential for data loss. The results have been well documented and can be manifest in:

Data loss
Data corruption
Data theft
Hard costs for remediation
Soft costs in productivity impact
Embarrassment costs if headlines hit
Stock price hit (for publicly traded companies if breach was significant enough)

Avoid too much privilege and too little privilege by implementing a least privilege solution today.

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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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