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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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Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.

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Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach: When 2 Days is not Enough

Posted October 2, 2015    Morey Haber

On October 1, Experian admitted full responsibility for the loss of T-Mobile customer data. 15 million user records dating back to 2013 were effected in the breach, with data including sensitive information that may be decryptable like social security numbers and drivers licenses.


Who Moved My Front Door? (What is Privileged Account Management?)

Posted October 1, 2015    Nigel Hedges

Not too long ago, I was sitting in a room with a very fluffy sales guy. In between words such as “we’ll make this happen” and “leave it with me, I’ll get it sorted” he asked the question “What is Privileged Account Management”?