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Who’s In Charge of Cloud Security?

Posted June 1, 2011    Peter McCalister

As we have discussed before much of the way we define and implement security is driven by compliance. But despite a wide number of frameworks from COBIT to PCI those compliance standards aren’t very clear, leaving ample room for every auditor to interpret them differently.

That may be one of the reasons behind the surprising results in the recent report by the Ponemon Institute on the Security of Cloud Computing Providers that “ the majority of cloud computing providers do not consider security as one of their most important responsibilities”.

When you dive deeper into the data it shows that “cloud providers are most confident about their ability to ensure recovery from significant IT failures and ensure the physical location of data assets are in secure environments”. These are two areas where best practices and the compliance standards are well defined.

On the other hand, cloud providers are “least confident in their ability to restrict privileged user access to sensitive data”. At least part of that lack of confidence can surely be attributed to the lack of a clear definition of privileged access and what the appropriate controls are. Since many of the privileged users of a cloud system are the customer’s employees it makes sense that this has got to be an area of shared responsibility between the cloud vendor and the customer. But who should do what and ultimately who’s in charge? More on that next week.

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Privileged Passwords: The Bane of Security Professionals Everywhere

Posted February 19, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Passwords have been with us since ancient times. Known as “watchwords”, ancient Roman military guards would pass a wooden tablet with a daily secret word engraved from one shift to the next, with each guard position marking the tablet to indicate it had been received. The military has been using passwords, counter-passwords, and even sound…

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In Vulnerability Management, Process is King

Posted February 18, 2015    Morey Haber

You have a vulnerability scanner, but where’s your process? Most organizations are rightly concerned about possible vulnerabilities in their systems, applications, networked devices, and other digital assets and infrastructure components. Identifying vulnerabilities is indeed important, and most security professionals have some kind of scanning solution in place. But what is most essential to understand is…

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The Vulnerabilities and Privileges of Carbanak Bank Thieves

Posted February 17, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Recently Kaspersky released analysis of a series of significant breaches against financial institutions by a group they have dubbed Carbanak. The attacks go back over 2 years and estimates are that potentially $1 billion dollars in total were stolen from more than 100 financial institutions. In some cases the attackers were active in victim organizations between…

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