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I Am the Ostrich, Goo Goo G’joob

Posted February 23, 2011    Peter McCalister

The top is down on my convertible and I hear “I am he as you are he as we are all together.  See how they run…” blasting on the radio and what do I think of? Yep, privilege identity management.

So we’ve established that I’m obsessed with least privilege, but somehow “I am the walrus” became “I am the ostrich” and I pondered why the typical admin prefers to duck and cover when auditors or business executives come to gripe about why there are no controls on who can do what (auditors) or why everything is so locked down that work can’t be done at all, let alone efficiently (business executives).

Q: Why did the ostrich stick his head in the sand?

A: To avoid danger (actually lowering its head in high grass instead of self burial in sand).

Just avoiding the inevitable is never a good policy else you should just drop out, drop acid and listen to Beatles records all day (ipod with earbuds for those with more current means).  For those admins looking to achieve the IT equivalent of Karmic Balance, then implementing a privilege identity management solution across desktops, servers, virtual and cloud environments should be the next project on your to-do list.  By implementing a least privilegesolution you will automatically facilitate the elevation (brokering) of admin privileges only when they are necessary in an audit-able fashion that doesn’t require handing out root or admin credentials.

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Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.

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Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach: When 2 Days is not Enough

Posted October 2, 2015    Morey Haber

On October 1, Experian admitted full responsibility for the loss of T-Mobile customer data. 15 million user records dating back to 2013 were effected in the breach, with data including sensitive information that may be decryptable like social security numbers and drivers licenses.


Who Moved My Front Door? (What is Privileged Account Management?)

Posted October 1, 2015    Nigel Hedges

Not too long ago, I was sitting in a room with a very fluffy sales guy. In between words such as “we’ll make this happen” and “leave it with me, I’ll get it sorted” he asked the question “What is Privileged Account Management”?