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Layoffs May Lead to Insider Attacks

Posted January 31, 2012    Peter McCalister

Employee terminations are, unfortunately, a necessary evil for corporations. In a time of recession, layoffs are more copious and often leave those affected angry and upset. It should come as no surprise that a small minority of those cases has led to disastrous consequences for former employers because of some terminated employee backlash.

Just recently, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Institute of Engineering program, The CERT Insider Threat Center, analyzed more than 600 cases of actual malicious insider attacks and published a report on their findings around behavioral modeling titled, “Insider Threat Control: Using Centralized Logging to Detect Data Exfiltration Near Insider Termination. ”Interestingly, according to the report, “Many insiders who stole their organization’s intellectual property stole at least some of it within 30 days of their termination.”

Employee terminations are just one factor when combating insider threats. KPMG also recently released a report titled, “Who is the typical fraudster?,” indicating that companies were not seeing the red flags when it came to insider threats. According to KPMG’s analysis of 348 cases across 69 countries from 2008 to 2010 that were investigated on behalf of its clients, the typical “fraudster” is described as:

• A 36-45 year old male in a senior management role in the finance unit or in a finance-related function
• An employee for more than 10 years who usually would work in collusion with another individual

We at BeyondTrust believe insiders like Disgruntled Dave can be thwarted when an organization implements a least privilege environment to help secure their perimeter within. Whether we like it or not, people can do bad things intentionally, accidentally, or indirectly, and it is our responsibility to take measures to prevent this.

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PowerBroker for Mac: A Least-Privileged Apple a Day…

Posted July 27, 2015    Jason Silva

BeyondTrust PowerBroker for Mac reduces the risk of privilege misuse by enabling standard users on Mac OS X to perform administrative tasks successfully without entering elevated credentials.

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On Demand Webinar – Now is the time for Privileged Account Management

Posted July 24, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

In this webinar, SANS Instructor and Founder of Voodoo Security, Dave Shackleford, will revisit several hacking and breach scenarios that involved privileged accounts, and use these as examples while discussing tools and tactics to get this problem under control once and for all.

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Privileged Account Management: The Time is Now

Posted July 22, 2015    Dave Shackleford

There’s plenty of problems we don’t have great options for in InfoSec today. Malware is a pain point that keeps evolving rapidly. 0-day exploits are tough to prepare for. Privileged account management? We got this. We know the root causes, we know how it manifests, we know how to get it under control effectively, and there are great technology solutions that are enterprise-class.

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