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Insider Threats and the Real Financial Impact to Organizations - A SANS Survey

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT (2015-04-29 18:00:00 UTC)
  • Mike Tierney, Dr. Eric Cole


  • Veriato

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Beyond traditional or typical statistics on insider threats lies another issue of vital interest to enterprises: how to prepare for, avoid and mitigate such threats. Enterprises need to know how to determine the depth of breaches after they happen; being able to provide timelines, proof and a clear picture of how much data was lost or compromised can mitigate the worst of damage, but without such data, organizations should expect to report worst-case events with maximum data loss.

This SANS survey looks closely at the troubling problem of insider threats to enterprise security. Although studies show that just 10 percent of employees account for 95 percent of incidents, the impact can be significant compromise of personal information, loss of intellectual property or reputation, and compliance or legal ramifications are all at stake. This survey will establish a baseline for measuring the severity of insider threats, how much enterprises know about various threats and the actual attackers and discuss means of inhibiting or preventing such attacks.

Join this webcast, featuring SANS author and instructor Dr. Eric Cole, to learn more about the survey, including:

  • Which vertical markets are more, or less, prepared for insider threats.
  • What kind of tools participants use to prevent insider breaches.
  • How companies are dealing with negligent insiders and how they remediate change.
  • Why companies are not prepared.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Eric Cole

Dr. Cole is an industry-recognized security expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Dr. Cole has experience in information technology with a focus on helping customers focus on the right areas of security by building out a dynamic defense. Dr. Cole has a master's degree in computer science from NYIT and a doctorate from Pace University with a concentration in information security. He served as CTO of McAfee and Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin. Dr. Cole is the author of several books, including Advanced Persistent Threat, Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Sight, Network Security Bible 2nd Edition, and Insider Threat. He is the inventor of over 20 patents and is a researcher, writer, and speaker. He is also a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and several executive advisory boards. Dr. Cole is the founder and an executive leader at Secure Anchor Consulting where he provides leading-edge cyber security consulting services, expert witness work, and leads research and development initiatives to advance the state-of-the-art in information systems security. Dr. Cole was the lone inductee into the InfoSec European Hall of Fame in 2014. Dr. Cole is actively involved with the SANS Technology Institute (STI) and is a SANS faculty Fellow and course author who works with students, teaches, and develops and maintains courseware.

Mike Tierney

Mike Tierney is the chief operating officer of SpectorSoft, a leader in the employee activity monitoring and analysis market. SpectorSoft develops software that protects organizations by alerting and reporting on computer activity and providing detailed, timely and actionable activity information. Mike is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has a strong background in product strategy and management.

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