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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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How to Audit VMware ESX and ESXi Servers Against the VMware Hardening Guidelines with Retina CS

Posted February 27, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management has included advanced VMware auditing capabilities for some time, including virtual machine discovery and scanning through a cloud connection, plus the ability to scan ESX and ESXi hosts using SSH. However, in response to recent security concerns associated with SSH, VMware has disabled SSH by default in its more recent…

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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