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Red Flags Are Not Enough to Thwart Insider Attacks

Posted August 30, 2011    Peter McCalister

KPMG recently released a report titled, “Who is the typical fraudster?,” indicating that companies were not seeing the red flags when it came to insider threats. According to KPMG’s analysis of 348 cases across 69 countries from 2008 to 2010 that they investigated on behalf of its clients, the typical “fraudster” is described as:

• A 36-45 year old male in a senior management role in the finance unit or in a finance-related function

• An employee for more than 10 years who usually would work in collusion with another individual

The report indicates that 56 percent of the frauds the KPMG member firms investigated “had exhibited one or more red flags that should have brought management attention to the issue, but only 10 percent of those cases had been acted upon prior to requiring a full investigation.”
Should companies be solely relying on red flags to protect their sensitive corporate data? KPMG suggests endorsing and supporting robust ethics and compliance policies and conducting vendor screening and background checks on new hires.
We at BeyondTrust believe insiders like Disgruntled Dave can be thwarted when an organization implements a least privilege environment to help secure their perimeter within. Whether we like it or not, people can do bad things intentionally, accidentally, or indirectly, and it is our responsibility to take measures to prevent this.

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Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

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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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