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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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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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