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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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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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