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Cloud Computing Security in Public Clouds

Posted February 17, 2011    Peter McCalister

We’ve said before that corporations need to take ownership and responsibility for overseeing and requiring compliance and security policies of their cloud vendors. Well, now it’s official, the industry agrees with us.

Network World published a great security checklist for the cloud, but what’s really awesome is the straight-talk from a writer at IT Business Edge here.

“Cloud service providers, generally, are unaware of the specific security and privacy needs of an organization” – Yes! Ding, ding, ding! And it goes on “so it’s wise to have these needs explicitly documented before engaging with them.”

We’ve covered how security is the top issue related to the cloud according to numerous surveys and reports, yet only 23 percent of cloud customers require proof of compliance from their cloud vendors and only 20 percent of organizations regularly involve the security team in their cloud choices.

With cloud security being such an issue, why aren’t we doing more about it?

At BeyondTrust, our focus is of course on administrative privileges on servers and other assets. Organizations that outsource to a cloud vendor make their choices based on price, instead of security. Often this transition involves multiplying the number of IT admins with access to the company’s data several-fold and without proper admin controls.

So ask your cloud vendor! Ask them how many admins will have access to your data and what policies are in place to protect it. Because trust is not a proper security measure.

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Are Your Data Security Efforts Focused in the Right Area?

Posted January 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Vormetric Data Security recently released an insider threat report, with research conducted by HarrisPoll and analyzed by Ovum. Based on the survey responses, it is apparent that there is still a great deal of insecurity over data. However, the results also show that there may be misplaced investments to address those insecurities. I will explain…

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GHOST Vulnerability…Scary Indeed

Posted January 28, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

A vulnerability discovered by Qualys security researchers has surfaced within the GNU C Library that affects virtually all Linux operating systems. The vulnerability lies within the various gethostbyname*() functions and, as such, has been dubbed “GHOST.” GHOST is particularly nasty considering remote, arbitrary code execution can be achieved. In an effort to avoid taxing DNS lookups, glibc developers introduced…

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Your New Years Resolution: Controlling Privileged Users

Posted January 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Is 2015 the year you get a better handle on security? The news last year was grim – so much so, in fact, that many in the information security community despaired a bit. Really, the end-of-the-year infosec cocktail parties were a bit glum. OK, let’s be honest, infosec cocktail parties are usually not that wild…

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