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Paul Kenyon
December 24th, 2012

So this is Christmas….

A great song writer once wrote “So this is Christmas and a Happy New Year…”* and now is the time to wish everyone Seasons’ Greetings from all of us at Avecto.

One of the topics of discussion round the office this past week has been family Christmas traditions. And with the European team in town for our festive party it’s been really interesting to hear how our colleagues celebrate. One of my family traditions is to have a discussion (usually quite heated) on what we want to do in the incoming year and decide what has been the one thing each one of us is most proud of achieving in the previous year.

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What’s new in PCI 3.0?

Following the launch of PCI DSS 3.0 in January, I’ve been faced with questions from many businesses about changes they should implement within the next year to remain or become compliant with the updated mandate.

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Using least privilege to achieve compliance: The dual benefit

What do the guidelines of PCI DSS, FDCC, SOX and HIPAA have in common? These mandates, in addition to other commonly implemented regulations, either explicitly demand or at least suggest the use of least privilege security to effectively safeguard data. In terms of compliance, this methodology has a dual benefit – not only does it satisfy auditors, but it will also protect against security breaches that could result in destructive data loss.

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Don’t fall victim to Privilege Creep!

Don’t let privilege creep be the downfall of a project to secure your company’s IT systems.

What is Privilege Creep?

Despite the work Microsoft has done to make Windows easier to run with standard user access, some Windows features and legacy applications still require administrative privileges. When users experience an issue, the first step that the helpdesk often takes is to grant administrative privileges to check that the problem isn’t caused by a lack of access rights.

Even if the problem turns out not to be caused by standard user permissions, administrative privileges are often deliberately left in place so that the user doesn’t continue to call the helpdesk, or the privileges are simply forgotten and never removed. This phenomena of moving from standard user privileges to administrative rights is referred to by system administrators as privilege creep.

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New regulation for financial institutions calls for least privilege implementation

Singapore’s central bank, The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), is preparing to issue new guidelines for IT technology risk management that will replace its previous Internet Banking Technology Risk Management (IBTRM) guidelines, last updated in June 2008. MAS acts on behalf of the government to regulate financial institutions operating in Singapore. What is even more interesting is that a large number of international banking organizations are using MAS as their compliance foundation for a risk management framework.

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Singapore puts privilege management on the map

An apparently small change in one authority could have important implications for financial services.

If you haven’t heard of the new Technology Risk Management (TRM) guidelines issued quietly by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), this is a good moment to ponder the way that apparently small regulatory changes in distant corners of the world can suddenly ripple across global IT security as if from nowhere.

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