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Insider Threats Have Redefined Approach to Security

Posted February 28, 2012    Peter McCalister

n an attempt to combat the issue of insider threats, the Department of Defense has tapped PARC, a Xerox company focused on innovation and R&D, to spearhead a new effort called the Graph Learning for Anomaly Detection using Psychological Context (GLAD-PC). The goal is to create technology that can automatically identify the possibility of a security threat coming from inside the department’s network, leveraging large-scale behavioral data sets as well as information from social networks, among other sources, to determine when someone on the inside could pose a security risk.

Predicting insider threats by behavioral data before an incident happens? Sounds very similar to the movie Minority Report where police have created a system which predicts crime before it happens in a nightmarish Orwellian scenario.

The events surrounding Wiki Leaks over the past year coupled with other high profile insider attacks have fundamentally changed the way we approach security. Billions of dollars have been spent over the last few decades on IT security in order to “keep the bad guys out,” but it turns out the bigger threat was and always has been, found within the network perimeter.

Should warning signs of a potential malicious insider be addressed before a malicious event has occurred to prevent harm to the organization and discourage the insider from violating the organization’s rules? Predictive approaches cannot be validated a priori; false accusations may harm the career of the accused; and collection/monitoring of certain types of data may adversely affect employee morale.

While the GLAD-PC initiative could help to mitigate insider threats, we still believe the best method in preventing insider attacks is to implement a privileged identity management solution to create boundaries that enable end users and applications to communicate freely within an IT environment without worry of intentional, accidental or indirect misuse of privilege.

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Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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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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