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Why Back to the Future Doesn’t Help Corporate Security

Posted August 29, 2011    Peter McCalister

I was recently at a convention where the DeLorian (the real one from Back to the Future!) was on display. With the doors up and open, the lights flashing, and the radio blaring, it took me right back to the movie and how awesome it would be if we could do what Marty McFly did. Although inadvertently, he went back in time and was able to influence actions and decisions that significantly improved his future. It would be awesome to go back, alter some pivotal decisions in my life, nip some bad habits in the bud, and make my future that much better. But personal life aside, think of how impactful it would be if companies were allowed to do the same.

With all of the data breaches being reported (we’ve talked about many of them right here on this blog), one thing becomes increasingly apprent. As more companies fall victim to this 21st century plague, understanding and preventing the misuse of privilege is becoming all the more important.

Most data breaches are caused by the misuse of privilege. Sometimes it’s an accidental thing wehre human error is to blame for the uploading of sensitive information to an outward facing web page. Other times it’s indirect- maybe an employee with root access inadvertently allows a malicious outsider to hijack their credentials and infiltrate a secured database. And every now and then it’s an intentional misuse of privilege that occurs- a disgruntled employee who is looking to cash in on company secrets. All of these are realities that executives wish they could go back in time and prevent.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a time traveling DeLorean. The only way to fix things is to prevent them now. It is time to act in the name of corporate security.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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“I’d love to come, but I’m on-call”: Privilege management can relieve holiday help desk headaches

Posted December 3, 2014    Jason Silva

Part of working in IT means you put in your time “on-call.” Companies either don’t realize there is a better way to allow users to maintain administrative access to endpoints, or they remove admin rights from users but don’t account for the resulting operational inefficiencies.

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