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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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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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