Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things: Implementing Least Privilege

Preventing Good People From Doing Bad Things: Implementing Least Privilege

by Brian Anderson, John Mutch

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In today’s turbulent technological environment, it’s becoming increasingly crucial for companies to know about the principle of least privilege. These organizations often have the best security software money can buy, with equally developed policies with which to execute them, but they fail to take into account the weakest link in their implementation: human nature. Despite all other efforts, people can sway from what they should be doing.

Preventing Good People from doing Bad Things drives that concept home to business executives, auditors, and IT professionals alike. Instead of going through the step-by-step process of implementation, the book points out the implications of allowing users to run with unlimited administrator rights, discusses the technology and supplementation of Microsoft’s Group Policy, and dives into the different environments least privilege affects, such as Unix and Linux servers, and databases.

Readers will learn ways to protect virtual environments, how to secure multi-tenancy for the cloud, information about least privilege for applications, and how compliance enters the picture. The book also discusses the cost advantages of preventing good people from doing bad things. Each of the chapters emphasizes the need auditors, business executives, and IT professionals all have for least privilege, and discuss in detail the tensions and solutions it takes to implement this principle. Each chapter includes data from technology analysts including Forrester, Gartner, IDC, and Burton, along with analyst and industry expert quotations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781430239215
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 10/12/2011
Edition description: 1st ed.
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brian Anderson brings more than 25 years of global enterprise software and security industry experience to BeyondTrust, where he will be responsible for all aspects of corporate brand development, lead and demand generation to increase awareness and interest in all customer and investor segments. In addition, he will be responsible for building a VAR channel to expand distribution for BeyondTrust products globally. Prior to BeyondTrust, Anderson served as a serially successful chief marketing officer for several venture-funded companies. At Siderean Software, his branding efforts garnered rave reviews and numerous awards, including innovator status in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. At Avamar Technologies, his leadership resulted in a huge revenue increase and numerous awards. Avamar was subsequently acquired by EMC. Prior to Avamar, Anderson was director of marketing at IBM s Tivoli Security and Storage, a role he inherited after successful building industry leader Access360 s brand and sales pipeline through successful positioning for a sale to IBM. Anderson also served as chief marketing officer of HNC Software, which experienced tremendous growth during his tenure and was successfully acquired by Fair Isaac in 2002. Anderson served for seven years prior to HNC at FileNet Corporation, culminating in his role as vice president of worldwide corporate marketing. At FileNet, Anderson built a tremendous global channel organization that ultimately represented almost 50 percent of the company s revenue. He received his bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of New Orleans.

Table of Contents

  1. The Only IT Constant is Change
  2. Misuse of Privilege is the New Corporate Landmine
  3. Business Executives, Technologisst and Auditors Need Least Privilege
  4. Supplementing Group Policy on Windows Desktops
  5. Servers Are the Primary Target for Insiders and Hackers Alike
  6. Protecting Virtual Environments from Hypervisor Sabotage
  7. Secure Multi-Tenancy for Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds
  8. Applications, Databases, and Desktop Data Need Least Privilege, Too
  9. Security Does Not Equal Compliance
  10. The Hard and Soft Cost of Apathy
  11. Final Thoughts for Least Privilege Best Practices

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