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What You May Have Missed

1. In a previous post, we mentioned firms interested in disrupting the data broker business by empowering consumers to share their personal information with companies and get paid for it too. However, it’s still unclear whether customers are worried enough about their privacy to embrace these new services. At the Annual Meeting of the New…

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Do Certain Traits Make People Vulnerable to Phishing?

The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Carnegie-Mellon University is a research institute devoted to computer and network security. CERT is often referenced by other security researchers, and for good reason: they have deep knowledge of vulnerabilities and have developed cyber-engineering techniques both to analyze and prevent attacks. CERT also has an entire practice area…

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How Varonis Helps with the Commission de Surveilance du Secteur Financier (CSSF)

In 2013, Luxembourg’s financial regulator, The Commission de Surveilance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) released new rules regarding controls for Access Tools to “always have permanent full control over the [IT] resources under their responsibility and the corresponding accesses to these resources”. Investment firms, financial, and support professionals, among others, need to comply. Interested in having…

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Point-of-Sale Cyber Attacks Are Back With Backoff

Point-of-Sale attacks are back in the news. But they never really left us. In the wake of the Target attack, the FBI issued a bulletin in January warning about future incidents. They identified the malware type (RAM scrapers) and the infection vector (phish mails, and compromised websites or “watering holes”). And they even pointed out…

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What You May Have Missed

What You May Have Missed

1. Recently, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office published a Big Data report along with suggestions on how to comply with the Data Protection Act. Prepared by the European Data Protection Authority, their primary goal is to ensure that big data’s privacy risks and benefits are considered. If you don’t have time to read the…

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In Search of Kerberos’s Golden Ticket

In a Kerberos environment, all users get tickets, or more specifically TGTs (Ticketing Granting Tickets). It’s the starting point for gaining access to services—network files, email, apps, etc.  In Windows, there’s one user who stands out, the all-powerful domain administrator. They have access to the keys of the kingdom, literally—the Domain Controller on which the…

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How Varonis Helps with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), previously Financial Services Authority (FSA), in the United Kingdom is responsible for regulating financial firms that provide services to consumers and maintain the integrity of the UK’s financial markets. Effective controls and processes that improve the security of customer data are critical to the FCA in order to prevent high…

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Announcing the Varonis Connect Community

Do you have feature requests for us?  Ever want to discuss a product customization with an engineer?  Looking for a certain how-to video?  Look no further!  Today, we’re happy to announce a new online community for Varonis customers and partners. Varonis Connect is a friendly community where you can exchange ideas and information, participate in…

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How Varonis Helps with Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy

Since law enforcement agencies need timely and secure access to data to stop and reduce crime, the Criminal Justice Information Services(CJIS) Security Policy provides Criminal and Noncriminal Justice Agencies with a minimum set of security requirements to access the Federal Bureau of Investigation information systems. This security policy applies to every individual with access to,…

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Kerberos Weaknesses: Pass the Ticket Is a Real Threat

August is always a good time to check up on the dark side.  Black Hat had its annual conference earlier this month, and there’s always presentations worth looking at.  I’ve been writing about Kerberos recently, and while it’s a big improvement over Microsoft’s NLTM, nothing is ever perfect.  I came across a presentation that looks…

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