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Monitoring Behavior to Flag Intrusions

Fortscale's Idan Tendler on User Behavioral Analytics
Monitoring Behavior to Flag Intrusions

To mitigate the threat posed by malicious insiders or attackers who compromise real users' credentials, businesses must create a baseline of legitimate user behavior and activities, then monitor for any unusual behavior.

So says Idan Tendler, CEO of information security firm Fortscale, which taps data from numerous sources - system logs, network devices, IP address checks, email contents, as well as third party research and threat-intelligence feeds - to help create and monitor a baseline of "normal" user behavior, and sound alarms when that behavior deviates from what's expected.

In an interview at the RSA Conference 2015 - where Fortscale was one of 10 firms selected to compete in the annual RSA Innovation Sandbox contest - Tendler details:

  • How user behavioral analytics can be applied to better mitigate insider threats;
  • Fortscale's finding that 82 percent of external attacks that target an enterprise employ valid user credentials;
  • Lessons learned from the leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Idan Tendler is CEO and co-founder of startup firm Fortscale, based in San Francisco. He was formerly head of the cyber group at Elbit Systems, an Israel-based international defense electronics company, business development manager for water and wastewater treatment startup Aqwise, and business analysis manager for Israel-based investment group Elron. He also served as a captain in the Israeli Defense Force's Technological Intelligence Unit.

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