Analytics
10/29/2013
06:54 AM
Tim Wilson
Tim Wilson
Quick Hits
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

New 'Whistleblower' Portal Lets User Report Incidents Anonymously

GRC Vendor LockPath offers whistleblower portal to let users anonymously report complaints, security violations

A new Web-based portal could offer employees and other users an anonymous method of reporting complaints or security violations in their enterprises without fear of reprisal.

LockPath, a maker of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) technology, on Monday rolled out the Anonymous Incident Portal, a cloud-based service that lets users submit complaints, violations, or other concerns without giving away their identities.

The new portal was unveiled in conjunction with LockPath's release of Keylight 3.5, LockPath's new hybrid cloud GRC offering, which helps companies automate the security and compliance assessment of suppliers and business partners.

"The Anonymous Incident Portal is a way for employees to let someone know if they see something," says Chris Caldwell, CEO of LockPath. "It could be a physical security violation, or an IT security violation, a violation of a financial process, or any number of incidents. The key is that there is a secure and anonymous way to do it."

Some companies have anonymous "whistleblower hotlines," and the state of New York is considering a law that would help reward and protect whistleblowers, Caldwell observes.

While organizations may not be happy to have employees blow the whistle on potential violations, having them submit their complaints on a secure portal is better than having them dump information to WikiLeaks or give documents to the media, as Edward Snowden did to the NSA, LockPath states. The AIP also gives employees a way to flag incidents to their companies before reporting them to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) or other regulatory and law enforcement organizations.

"Employees often struggle with deciding when to report an incident and when to remain quiet given potential repercussions like harassment by the business, a career-limiting move, or termination," adds Caldwell. "AIP eliminates this fear by providing an anonymous and secure portal to express concerns, which can ultimately create an improved working environment for employees and ensure that a company's reputation is in its own hands, rather than in the hands of someone else."

LockPath's new Keylight 3.5 offering also includes Vendor Manager Hybrid, a new capability that allows third parties to submit audit-related questionnaires through a Web-based portal, bypassing the assessing organization's corporate network.

The new offering is designed to help companies ensure compliance among vendors and business partners, as well as internally, Caldwell says.

"LockPath has always helped customers manage relationships with third parties to ensure compliance," Caldwell states. "From law firms to financial institutions to health-care providers, organizations must regularly work with other vendors to complete due diligence in order to meet industry standards and regulations. This new offering lets organizations keep control of their sensitive data within the enterprise, while maintaining effective interactions with outside entities."

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Add a Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message. Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Threat Intel Today
Threat Intel Today
The 397 respondents to our new survey buy into using intel to stay ahead of attackers: 85% say threat intelligence plays some role in their IT security strategies, and many of them subscribe to two or more third-party feeds; 10% leverage five or more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-4594
Published: 2014-10-25
The Payment for Webform module 7.x-1.x before 7.x-1.5 for Drupal does not restrict access by anonymous users, which allows remote anonymous users to use the payment of other anonymous users when submitting a form that requires payment.

CVE-2014-0476
Published: 2014-10-25
The slapper function in chkrootkit before 0.50 does not properly quote file paths, which allows local users to execute arbitrary code via a Trojan horse executable. NOTE: this is only a vulnerability when /tmp is not mounted with the noexec option.

CVE-2014-1927
Published: 2014-10-25
The shell_quote function in python-gnupg 0.3.5 does not properly quote strings, which allows context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via shell metacharacters in unspecified vectors, as demonstrated using "$(" command-substitution sequences, a different vulnerability than CVE-2014-1928....

CVE-2014-1928
Published: 2014-10-25
The shell_quote function in python-gnupg 0.3.5 does not properly escape characters, which allows context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via shell metacharacters in unspecified vectors, as demonstrated using "\" (backslash) characters to form multi-command sequences, a different vulner...

CVE-2014-1929
Published: 2014-10-25
python-gnupg 0.3.5 and 0.3.6 allows context-dependent attackers to have an unspecified impact via vectors related to "option injection through positional arguments." NOTE: this vulnerability exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2013-7323.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.