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Confessions of an Informed IT Director

Posted April 8, 2011    Peter McCalister

Hi, my name is Barney, I’m an IT Director at a multi-national telecommunications company and it’s been 2 years, 4 months, 1 week, 3 days and 11 hours since my last failed audit. (All together now) HI BARNEY!

I know this is a support group for IT Directors suffering from governance, risk and compliance issues, and candidly I did have a  problem at one time.  I started out apathetic like Bob and then paranoid like Betty, but one day I came upon some research on least privilege and privilege identity management and the rest, as they say, is history.

What I learned is that there is a class of software that allows me to control access at a very granular level for my desktops, servers, virtual and cloud environments based on policy and role.  This way everyone now only has access to do what the company wants them to do but still is monitored at a keystroke or event level for audit, compliance and remediation issues.  I no longer have to fear insider attacks nor do I have to tolerate groups complaining that security controls inhibit productivity.  Whenever there is a need to change policy I can make a centralized modification and have it propagated enterprise wide as required.

So now I like to come to these meetings to hear other’s “horror stories in the making” to remind myself why I continue to foster a least privilege solution across my extended enterprise.

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