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Dtex Systems: Advanced User Behavior Intelligence for Detecting and Mitigating Insider Threats

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Insider threats may include malicious, compromised, disgruntled, or simply careless employees or other insiders. In some cases, the insider is trying to steal something, but more often than not, they are misusing logins our violating policies about webmail or cloud storage.

Insider threat prevention technologies focus on tracking everything every employee does on their computer and other devices. However, such heavy-handed techniques like creating videos of user behavior or logging keystrokes can be difficult and expensive to scale, and may violate privacy regulations.

Dtex Systems takes a different approach. Its agents go on enterprise endpoints, monitoring user behavior but only sending ‘high fidelity signals’ to the central platform. This approach preserves the privacy of users and doesn’t burden the network.

Dtex also gives security analysts granular policy control. For example, if an organization has a ‘no DropBox’ rule, they may find that some people have a bona fide reason to use DropBox, and Dtex lets them adjust the policy to allow such uses while preventing (or alerting on) others.

In addition, Dtex provides detailed auditability, so security analysts can ‘play back’ an audit trail to analyze a user’s behavior, say, for a month before they gave their notice.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.