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I Don’t Know……Third Base?

Posted January 19, 2011    Peter McCalister

Brian Anderson recently commented on a Wall St Journal article on The Top 50 Gawker Media Passwords.  He concluded that the average user seems to either have a relaxed sense of security, a love for Abbott and Costello-like humor, or are just lazy when it comes to identity-related security.  So what are smart IT security professionals to do?

As Brian suggested there are new technologies coming to help. One possible source is the Commerce Department, which just launched an initiative to help create more trusted digital identities.  Details were in short supply and there is lots of skepticism and questions about the role of government in any sort of national ID program.

But what is important is that the Commerce Department initiative embraces a model that allows companies to “pull credentials” when required from a centralized policy-managed repository instead of relying on individual credentials being “pushed” by the user. The Burton Group sees this public identity infrastructure approach as central to a new emerging architecture where vendors compete in market for identities that provides high-quality identities at lower cost  and enterprises focus their Identify and Access Management efforts on developing governance policies that determine what sources of identities are appropriate for their different business processes.

While Burton doesn’t see these consumer repositories replacing Active Directory anytime soon, and I wouldn’t bet on this or any model until it has market traction, in a more diverse world of SAAS, public, private and hybrid clouds, companies need to anticipate the changes this new model will require in the identity management infrastructure, policies and controls.

In the meantime ……well I don’t know, but we will talk about your option in future posts.

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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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