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Top 10 Reasons To Implement Least Privilege For Clouds

Posted February 15, 2012    Peter McCalister

Taking a more tongue-in-cheek approach to highlighting the types of privilege misuse that occurs daily in cloud environments, I thought that a top-ten list approach might appeal to you as well. How many of these have you seen throughout your organization?

#10—Andy, the admin at , won’t be able to use his admin privileges to your instantiation of a public cloud for data theft.

#9—Clara, your server admin, can’t instantiate a new server used for private cloud applications that will facilitate one business unit admin from poking in on the data from other business units’ instantiation of a cloud app on the same server.

#8—Sid in development won’t be able to code in a back door for privileged access to your hybrid cloud architecture.

#7—Harry, the industrious business unit admin, won’t be able to ““tune” your private cloud to what he read was “optimal” on Seth Grodin’s latest blog.

#6—Ted in Tech Support won’t be able to change cloud file per- missions without the proper policy-driven permissions just because it made his job easier today.

#5—Barney, the new business unit manager, won’t be able to blame “mistaken identity” for missing his quarterly goal because he read that was something that happens when cloud security goes bad.

#4—Sam, the CSO, won’t continue to lose sleep at night fretting over who can hijack admin privileges for any public, private, or hybrid instantiation of their corporate infrastructure.

#3—John, the CEO, won’t get called out in the press for a data breach after moving all data to what he thought was a secure, lower-cost private and hybrid cloud.

#2—Vito, a member of the hacker’s guild, won’t be able to take ad- vantage of the cloud streamlining the efficiency of identity theft.

#1—Bill, the chairman of the board, won’t have to explain why he needs to spend $1 million to fix a cloud data breach problem with the statement “at least it’s not as much as Sony had to spend for its breach.”

Contact us today if you are ready for least privilege for your public, private or hybrid cloud iniatitive.

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