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The Road To The Truth About Insider Threats

Posted October 4, 2011    Peter McCalister

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo Galilei

New research from the Ponemon Institute was released this week, indicating that the majority of executives have a ways to go before they discover the staggering truth about the dangers of insider threats. The study says only 16 percent of respondents indicated that CEOs and other C-level executives acknowledge the dangers of insider fraud as significant. This statistic is a little shocking, given the volume of news stories published on an almost daily basis involving insider threats and the staggering financial effects they can have on an organization.

Other statistics that pave the way to the truth include:

• More than 75 percent of the respondents indicated that privileged users within their organizations had, or were likely to, turn off or alter application controls to change sensitive information – and will then reset the controls to cover their tracks.

• 81 percent said that their employees had used, or were likely to use, someone else’s credentials to gain elevated rights or bypass separation of duty controls.

• On average, respondents noted their organizations experience more than one incident of employee-related fraud each week, with 24 percent saying their organizations have experienced more than 100 incidents in the past 12 months.

• Once an incident has occurred, it takes organizations an average of 89 days to discover it and an additional 96 days to uncover the root cause and determine the consequences to the organization.

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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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