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Logs – A Gold Mine of Information

Posted May 4, 2011    Peter McCalister

In an earlier post I talked about tapping in to the power of the information in our privileged identity management system to improve productivity. Those detailed compliance logs you have been generating are a gold mine of information.

Analyzing large amounts of data is a growing trend. From Google to WalMart companies are building their strategies on complex models and algorithms.

Systems logs can be used not just to look for patterns that indicate a security threat, but those same patterns can show where security and other procedures such as improper configurations of new systems are hurting productivity. Finding those patters can help uncover opportunities to better train, simplify procedures, and uncover best practices that not everyone is following. And once those best practices are discovered you can use controls to ensure that best practices are being followed.

Realizing that value requires a data analysis strategy and a strategy for how to engage the organization in using that analysis. Your data analysis strategy needs to consider the roles of monitoring, logging and reporting, as well as when and how to combine data from different sources. Single silos of data are simpler to use but correlating data across silos provides more powerful insights. Ultimately you will need both, but your data analysis strategy needs to focus on providing insights your organization can act on. And that’s where you need to consider your how to engage your people in using the data. More on that next week.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

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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“I’d love to come, but I’m on-call”: Privilege management can relieve holiday help desk headaches

Posted December 3, 2014    Jason Silva

Part of working in IT means you put in your time “on-call.” Companies either don’t realize there is a better way to allow users to maintain administrative access to endpoints, or they remove admin rights from users but don’t account for the resulting operational inefficiencies.

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