A common assumption is that Macs are more secure than Windows PCs, but the discovery made by Developer Lemi Ergan may be causing people to rethink. A flaw in High Sierra (macOS 10.13), allows users to gain admin rights by logging in as 'root'... without a password.
The popular PC cleanup tool, CCleaner has been hijacked by hackers in the latest widespread malware attack. The hack, identified by security researchers at Cisco Talos, found that anyone who downloaded or updated the CCleaner app between mid-August to mid-September also potentially downloaded malware without realising.
Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the ATM, a device that changed the face of personal monetary transactions forever. According to the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) there are now close to three million of them worldwide, with over 70,000 in the UK alone where it all began. On 27th June 1967, the world's first "hole in the wall" was revealed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, London. Celebrations aside, I’d like to look at exactly what’s going on under the hood from a software perspective. Is securing them through industry best practice is realistic and practical?
On June 27, 2017 a number of organisations across Europe began reporting significant system outages caused by a ransomware strain referred to as Petya. The ransomware is very similar to older Petya ransomware attacks from previous years, but the infection and propagation method is new, leading to it being referred to as NotPetya. Due to the sudden and significant impact of the attack, it was immediately likened to the WannaCry outbreak causing concerns globally.
Many, if not all organizations that I work with have been on a PAM journey of some description – some successful, some not so much, but all have had considerable investment along the way. In this blog, I want to explore the value-add of PAM, its principles, and ultimately the security posture delivered by the approach.
Least privilege was first put forward as a design principle by Jerry Saltzer and Mike Schroeder 40 years ago . Avecto, along with many others, has championed least privilege and our 5 reasons to love least privilege shows that it is key to mitigating attacks.
No longer will historic methods of blocking and protection be the only tenets of a security strategy, focus will be on next generation technologies and also detection and response.
What is it about Windows XP that has made getting rid of an obsolete operating system so difficult? On the face of it, it should be no contest; XP is inherently less secure than its successors, will no longer receive essential updates, cybercriminals target it more often, and it doesn’t even support the latest secure applications. These factors add up to higher support costs and risk.
Unconvinced about the importance of removing user admin rights? Read on for some compelling reasons why user privileges should be at the top of your security agenda in 2014.