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Mining for Gold Through Data Analysis

Posted May 11, 2011    Peter McCalister

Last week I blogged about how to realize the value of the gold mine of information in your compliance logs. I said you need a data analysis strategy and a strategy for how to engage the organization in using that data to uncover the misuse of privilege and potential for out of compliance scenarios. The human factor is important in designing any IT systems, but how does it apply here?

Our friends at Securosis present a great example “As an example, database activity monitoring installation and maintenance falls upon the shoulders of database administrators. From their perspective, all they see is more work (and possibly a disturbing lack of faith). Not only do they have to install the product, but they get blamed for any performance and reliability issues that result. Pouring more salt into the wound, the DAM system is designed to monitor database administrators! Not only is the DBA’s job now harder because they can’t use their typical shortcuts, but now someone’s looking over their shoulder and asking annoying questions.”

Well one answer to that conundrum is to design a better DAM solution – one that’s transparent to the user and doesn’t impact performance and reliability. But in addition making the data useful to them assures they have a stake in the process and the accuracy of the data. Give them access to the data and let them use it to make their life simpler which will make them part of the solution and improve their productivity.

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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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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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