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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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At the End of Day You Can’t Control What Privileged Users Do: It’s about Detective/Deterrent Controls and Accountability

Posted March 31, 2015    Randy Franklin Smith

Live Webinar: Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 10am PT/1pm ET | REGISTER NOW! In this webinar, Security Expert Randy Franklin Smith will look at how to audit what admins do inside Linux and UNIX with sudo’s logging capabilities.

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British Airways Executive Club Member Accounts Hacked

Posted March 30, 2015    Brian Chappell

British Airways has released information regarding the hacking of a number of their Executive Club (BA’s frequent flyer programme) member’s accounts.

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On Demand Webinar – Why You Still Suck at Patching

Posted March 27, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

On Demand Webinar: Dave Shackleford recounts some of his personal experiences in patch management failure, and breaks down the most critical issues holding many teams back from patching more effectively.

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