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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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Big Surprise: Cost of Data Breaches Up; Are you Doing the *Right* Things to Mitigate the Costs?

Posted May 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Ponemon Institute Cost of Data Breach Study – costs are going up – to the tune of a 23% increase in total costs of data breaches, and a 12% increase in per-record cost since 2013. Are you doing the right things to mitigate costs?

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The tip of the IRS data breach – and it IS an iceberg

Posted May 27, 2015    Morey Haber

The IRS has been warned for decades about their security best practices. And now, at least 100,000 Americans have had their records compromised. How? The IRS uses a service called “Get Transcript”.

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Tales from the Datacenter: Vulnerability Management Nightmares

Posted May 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Vulnerability scanning, threat management, risk analysis, patching, and configuration management are some of the major activities usually associated with vulnerability management, and none of these are new…so why are we failing so badly at many of them?

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