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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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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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“I’d love to come, but I’m on-call”: Privilege management can relieve holiday help desk headaches

Posted December 3, 2014    Jason Silva

Part of working in IT means you put in your time “on-call.” Companies either don’t realize there is a better way to allow users to maintain administrative access to endpoints, or they remove admin rights from users but don’t account for the resulting operational inefficiencies.

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