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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.”

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