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Game Theory, Audit Logs And Corporate Governance

Posted July 28, 2011    Peter McCalister

Game theory and audit logs are two topics you don’t frequently see linked. But some recent research from the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College linked the two topics and showed that technology can play a critical role in reinforcing the human elements of good security.

The research on Access Governance: Flexibility with Escalation and Audit used a game-theoretic approach to show that “ properly coupling information access, audit, violation penalties and rewards can enable self interested employees to access information in a timely manner, seizing business opportunities for the firm while managing security risks. “ It also suggested a critical role for technology in getting the incentives right. They found that:
“audit quality is an important element of our governance scheme” and

“escalation must be done in a way that provides an audit trail, including records of who requested it, when, what data was accessed, and what value was created (e.g., the type of transaction being performed)” .

Fair warning, it’s an academic article with some pretty dense math. But once I waded through it my reaction was cool, we can help customers do that. As shown in previous blogs on audit logs, implementing a least privilege solution will also help you achieve a more compliant IT infrastructure.

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Failing the Security Basics: Backoff Point-of-Sale Malware

Posted August 22, 2014    Marc Maiffret

At the beginning of this month, US-CERT issued a security alert relating to a string of breaches that had been targeting Point of Sale (POS) systems. The alert details that attackers were leveraging brute forcing tools to target common remote desktop applications such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Splashtop and LogMeIn among others….

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Troubleshooting Windows Privilege Management Rules with Policy Monitor

Posted August 21, 2014    Jason Silva

When defining and testing PowerBroker for Windows rules for production or pilots, customers sometimes tell us, “I don’t think this policy / program is working.” This is usually a case of the policy not properly triggering because of the way the rule was created. A unique feature of PowerBroker for Windows compared to other solutions is a client-side…

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BeyondTrust Webcast: Darren Mar-Elia’s 4 Active Directory Change Scenarios to Track

Posted August 20, 2014    Chris Burd

In our latest webcast, we joined Darren Mar-Elia, CTO at SDM Software, to discuss best practices for Active Directory (AD) change management. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation, followed by a link to a full-length video of the presentation. Mar-Elia kicks things off with a critical insight: that the best AD change management…

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