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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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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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