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The New Twist On Insider Threats

Posted September 6, 2011    Peter McCalister

Just when an insider breach couldn’t be any worse for all parties involved – the data has been compromised, customers are upset, the company is embarrassed, it’s a lose-lose for everyone – the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) steps in with a new twist. A fine.

Recently, an employee of Citigroup managed to steal almost $750,000 from 22 customers during the course of eight years, leading FINRA to step in and fine Citigroup $500,000 for failing to keep track of this malicious employee.

What this tells us is that yes, companies need more thorough continuous monitoring practices and need to think more critically about how existing implementations of database activity monitoring (DAM) tools can be better utilized to track user behavior. They also need to improve the way that DAM tools are linked to identity management tools, leading to better tracking of user behavior across systems. But at the end of the day, the real lesson to be learned here is that in order to effectively fight the war against insider threats, IT must be backed by supervisory control.

There isn’t a simple solution to the problem of insider threats, but starting with the right database activity monitoring and privileged identity management policies is a good jumping off point for companies looking to avoid the hassle, the humiliation and now, the fines associated with insider threats.

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Protecting Privileged Passwords: a “Past the Password” Perspective

Posted July 6, 2015    Nick Cavalancia

Webinar discussing the realities of today’s state of security using some of the most recent (and respected) reports in the industry, and look at what steps you should be taking to properly protect your privileged passwords.

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On Demand Webinar: Because Auditing Stinks Sometimes

Posted July 2, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

Auditing stinks. Well, mostly stinks. In this on demand webinar, lead by Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz, you’ll learn the three key tenets to real Group Policy auditing. Tenet 1: Why do you care about Group Policy auditing? Tenet 2: How does Eventing help you know “Who did what?” Tenet 3: How does Reporting tell…

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Stopping the Skeleton Key Trojan

Posted June 29, 2015    Robert Auch

Earlier this year Dell’s SecureWorks published an analysis of a malware they named “Skeleton Key”. This malware bypasses authentication for Active Directory users who have single-factor (password only) authentication. The “Skeleton Key” attack as documented by the SecureWorks CTU relies on several critical parts.

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