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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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Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.

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Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach: When 2 Days is not Enough

Posted October 2, 2015    Morey Haber

On October 1, Experian admitted full responsibility for the loss of T-Mobile customer data. 15 million user records dating back to 2013 were effected in the breach, with data including sensitive information that may be decryptable like social security numbers and drivers licenses.


Who Moved My Front Door? (What is Privileged Account Management?)

Posted October 1, 2015    Nigel Hedges

Not too long ago, I was sitting in a room with a very fluffy sales guy. In between words such as “we’ll make this happen” and “leave it with me, I’ll get it sorted” he asked the question “What is Privileged Account Management”?