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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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Protecting Privileged Passwords: a “Past the Password” Perspective

Posted July 6, 2015    Nick Cavalancia

Webinar discussing the realities of today’s state of security using some of the most recent (and respected) reports in the industry, and look at what steps you should be taking to properly protect your privileged passwords.

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On Demand Webinar: Because Auditing Stinks Sometimes

Posted July 2, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

Auditing stinks. Well, mostly stinks. In this on demand webinar, lead by Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz, you’ll learn the three key tenets to real Group Policy auditing. Tenet 1: Why do you care about Group Policy auditing? Tenet 2: How does Eventing help you know “Who did what?” Tenet 3: How does Reporting tell…

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Stopping the Skeleton Key Trojan

Posted June 29, 2015    Robert Auch

Earlier this year Dell’s SecureWorks published an analysis of a malware they named “Skeleton Key”. This malware bypasses authentication for Active Directory users who have single-factor (password only) authentication. The “Skeleton Key” attack as documented by the SecureWorks CTU relies on several critical parts.

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