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Insider Threats Aren’t Perpetrated By The Obvious: Part 2

Posted June 9, 2011    Peter McCalister

Insider threats are a global phenomenon. Every company in every part of the world is subject to some level of insider threat. And guess what? Insider villains are just as unidentifiable in the UK as they are in the US. They appear just as innocuous in Poughkeepsie as they do in Perth.

If you have employees with excessive privileges or access to sensitive data then they are at risk of intentionally, accidentally or indirectly misusing that privilege and potentially stealing, deleting or modifying the data.

I have reported on several cases in this blog over the last year where an insider has done everything from almost nuisance-level harm to the very heights of catastrophic theft in the hundreds of millions of dollars range. I also travel frequently to visit resellers, customers and prospects around the globe to discuss least privilege for specific business, geographic and system level requirement (physical, virtual, cloud-based computing platforms). What always amazes me on these trips is the general belief that insider threats is solely a US-based issue and that employees are completely trustworthy everywhere else.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Just recently an article in computing.co.uk reported that “ICO fines former Direct Assist employee for illegally obtaining NHS data.” I wonder if this guy looked like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons? Probably not, but he did get away with patient records which he then used to try and get those people to file personal claims. Just another story to add to the litany of insider threat damages.

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Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

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Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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