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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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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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