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Insider Threats Get More Difficult To Detect
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Andre Gironda
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Andre Gironda,
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10/15/2013 | 7:03:49 PM
re: Insider Threats Get More Difficult To Detect
Dear Editor,

Great article and comment -- allow to please speak to both.

In your article, only one vendor is mentioned, Vormetric, a classic data security company. However, data security is not the correct control against insider threats using any information security management model, principle, or control set. The gap that exists is primarily due to 3 factors:

First is application security -- the Intranets of yesteryear require the same application security controls as everything "outside the firewalls". Second is threat intelligence -- Vormetric will not help if you are facing AVT (Advanced Volatile Threats, an APT that uses strictly in-memory techniques). Lastly, you must have enough staff to handle and respond to incidents at scale. If you want big data for your cyber security programs, you best use your best data to know when to hire, how many, what specific attributes/skills you need pre-/post- COE, and how you're going to be able to hire and train them in time to respond to all of your incidents (including insider threats) at scale.

The insightful comment you gave coincides with my last point -- that identity and authentication/authorization access controls should be modernized and integrated with people. Google, who has used big data to optimize their ID/AuthN systems, will be adding Universal 2-Factor (U2F) to defend their business and assets come January 2014. This is a bold move away from the hokey biometric systems we're seeing in the media. Google, clearly knowledgeable about technologically-advanced insider threats against sensitive operations, does employ role compartmentalization with separation/rotation of duties.
WKash
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WKash,
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9/27/2013 | 9:39:19 PM
re: Insider Threats Get More Difficult To Detect
NSA's decision to go to "two-man rule" in handling sensitive data, following Edward Snowden incident, may give a new spin to the notion of two-factor authentication.


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