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Uncontested Lay Up

Posted October 27, 2011    Peter McCalister

Last week talked about the basics of how you can address the risk of insider attacks from former employees. A recent study of IT managers and network administrators conducted by Amplitude Research on behalf of VanDyke Software, shows a growing concern about insider threats, particularly unauthorized access by current and former employees. Unauthorized access by current and former employees was cited by 11% of the survey respondents, as a reason cited network intrusions, the 4th most frequent response.

Using an Active Directory bridge product like PowerBroker Identity Services for seamless integration of Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X with Microsoft Active Directory allows you to cut off privileged access to key systems by deactivating AD accounts when an employee leaves the company. As close to a slam dunk as it gets in enterprise IT security.

This week I did a webcast with our friends at Symplified on cloud security. We talked about the many complexities and challenges of security in the cloud, but they also provide a simple to implement solution to another challenge with former employees – access to SAAS applications.

Symplified allows you to link your or other user stores like LDAP to provide single sign on and making de-provisioning of former employees from those apps part of your normal account deactivation procedure. Not quite slam dunk, but an uncontested layup.

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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”?