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Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 by ObserveIT
What is EDR? EDR stands for Endpoint Detection & Response. These tools are security solutions designed to help security teams detect malicious activity on endpoints, understand the chain of attack, and enable administrators to respond appropriately. To truly understand the value of EDR you first have to understand how traditional anti-virus searches and identifies threats. Anti-Virus tools tag known viruses with a signature that uniquely identifies a specific virus. Then when scanning a... Continue Reading →
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by ObserveIT
CERT Insider Threat Center (SEI Carnegie Mellon University)Insider Threat Tips is shifting gears this week focusing on a great insider threat resource, the CERT insider threat group. This organization is spearheading the research efforts on insider threat and is a great place to expand your insider threat knowledge base. TL;DR (Too Long Didn't read)The CERT insider Threat Center is a great resource to leverage for all things insider threat . They have many publications, tools, training, stats... Continue Reading →
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by ObserveIT
ObserveIT has released its next major version 7.0. The company’s mission has always been to identify & eliminate insider threat by focusing on what the user is doing vs what a system or a computer is doing. The 7.0 release reflects this ideology by enhancing its user interface, bolstering its detection capabilities, adding preventative controls, and providing insight with user analytics. New User Interface ObserveIT 7.0 introduces a fresh feel and makes the already seamless UI even easier... Continue Reading →
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by ObserveIT
  This week's topic: Website Categorization   TL;DR (Too Long Didn't Read): ObserveIT can detect users visiting particular categories of websites by leveraging NetStar's inCompass website categorization module.   What is it? The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. -Eric Schmidt, Google   The internet is a massive place. At any given time, the indexed internet contains around 4.5 billion... Continue Reading →
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by ObserveIT
GDPR is “Disrupting” Privacy Exploitation The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) represents the most significant change to data protection laws in the EU since 1995, aiming to unite data protection regulations across the entire EU. Replacing the existing Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), some of the most noteworthy changes in the EU GDPR are: The requirements imposed upon “joint controllers” (multiple businesses that jointly utilize personal data) The inclusion of non-EU... Continue Reading →
Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by ObserveIT
What is metadata? According to Wikipedia, it is defined as "data that provides information about other data."  A practical example: If you make a phone call to someone, that is a piece of data. The time, your location, duration of the call, topics discussed, etc. is the metadata about the call. As John Oliver stated: If you made phone calls to your ex 12 times last night from outside of a bar between 1am-4am and each call had a duration of 15 minutes (considering this metadata) someone could... Continue Reading →
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 by ObserveIT
WikiLeaks recently began a new series of leaks on the United States Central Intelligence Agency, codenamed Vault 7. It is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the CIA—and, according to WikiLeaks, “eclipses the total number of pages published over the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks.”     WikiLeaks tweeted the leak, and claims the information came from a network inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia. Thus surfacing yet another... Continue Reading →
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2017 by ObserveIT
GDPR Overview: It's About Time Some data security pundits are saying, “It’s about time.” Sure, becoming fully compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) is going to be a big, expensive burden for many organizations. However, upon review of the GDPR, it's clear that many of its directives are so basic, so common sense, so critical, that every organization should have already been working towards them anyhow. The fact that, as of next year, non-compliance... Continue Reading →
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 by ObserveIT
Cyber Defense Magazine, the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine and media partner of RSA® Conference 2017, has recognized ObserveIT’s expertise in User Behavior  Monitoring and Analytics with a Cyber Defense Magazine Infosec Award. ObserveIT has been named the “Most Innovative Insider Threat Prevention Solution” by Cyber Defense Magazine. The judges for the Cyber Defense Magazine awards are CISSP, FMDHS, CEH, etc. certified security professionals who vote based on their... Continue Reading →
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by ObserveIT
According to the latest Verizon DBIR report, 90% of all security issues stem from insiders, whether intent is malicious or accidental. With increasing attention being placed on the risks associated with vendors, contractors, privileged users, high-risk employees and everyday business users, there is no doubt organizations must combat insider threats. But where do you start when perceived challenges include: How many tools are too many? What’s the best way to plug data exfiltration leaks? What... Continue Reading →

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