Tag: Cloud

Mirror Mirror: the difference between Identity Management & Access Management

One of the biggest misconceptions in cloud security is the perception that identity management (IDaaS) and access management (SSO) are the same thing. They’re not. And it took a viewing of the famous Star Trek episode called Mirror Mirror for me to best illustrate and articulate the difference between the creation and management of a user account and credentialed rights and the funneled applications that entity is allowed to see. For those unfamiliar with the episode, it’s the one where Kirk is transported into an

When the security bill comes due

I love sushi. I love big fat burritos. I love tikka masala. So now that my taste buds are salivating, what do my epicurean preferences have to do with cloud security? They all come from restaurants I frequent, and 9 time out of ten I pay for these delights with my credit card. I never thought  twice about it, until I read Tracy Kitten’s article for BankInfoSecurity here: It details how many restaurants are falling victim to attacks that put their customer’s credit card information at

Cloud-based SIEM frees that one hand tied behind your back

Have you ever been asked to fight the state boxing champion with one hand tied behind your back? Or metaphorically experience the old adage of bringing a knife to a gunfight? Many security professionals face this scenario every day. For many companies with whom I talk, there isn’t a lack of IT talent when it comes to security–just a lack of hours in the day, computing resources and necessary headcount with specific expertise to change the culture from reactive to proactive and strategic risk management.

Supporting CIO strategies and priorities from the cloud-Part 1

The biggest eye-opener in Gartner’s recently-published study on the current agenda regarding the digital landscape for Chief Information Officers is that CIO’s recognize that cloud computing will not only be a significant part of the future, but that their own roles and behavior need to be updated to survive in the modern enterprise. “CIOs will have to develop new IT strategies and plans that go beyond the usual day-to-day maintenance of an enterprise IT infrastructure…. technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if

Sailing the 7 C’s of security monitoring

What is it your mom used to say? “A watched pot never boils.” This might be true, but a watched pot also never spills; it never allows your younger sister to stick her hand in the hot water; prevents Uncle Jack from tasting before dinner is ready; and if something unforeseen happens, there is time to mitigate the problems. One of the established best practices in InfoSec is monitoring. People, products and companies get paid a great deal of money and expend a great deal

The New Standard: Intelligence-Driven Security

In his most recent blog post, Art Coviello, the executive chairman at RSA posed an important question. How do we move from traditional security to intelligence-driven security? In his answer he described that the quickly interdependent exchanges between parties (B2C, B2B, B2P, etc) have grown beyond the traditional means of securing the enterprise: “IT organizations have continued to construct security infrastructures around a disintegrating perimeter of increasingly ineffective controls.” He described a new-model of cyber-security that includes 5 concepts: A thorough understanding of risk The

Adaptive Risk: Making sure you are who you say you are

Does this sound familiar? Ann, sitting at her desk eating lunch, is surfing the Net. She checks her personal Yahoo email account and sees a message from a purported survey company asking her about her music preferences. She opens the email and takes the survey. Seems harmless enough, but what Ann doesn’t know is that this survey company doesn’t exist  and embedded in some of the survey prompts  hid an undetected botnet that downloaded onto her desktop. This nasty bugger can record her keystrokes and

My Security Playlist: now playing Access Management

While I peruse my morning inbox, I enjoy listening to music on my iPod. It just so happens this morning’s first random selection served as the inspiration for today’s blog: Let ‘Em In by Paul McCartney & Wings. “Someones knockin at the door Somebody’s ringin’ the bell Do me a favor, Open the door and let em in!” There is nothing more damaging to the overall enterprise operation and business reputation than permissive access policies. Considering the all the entry points from applications to social

It’s a Wonderful Cloud-a Security Carol

It’s not Wordsworth, but hopefully worth the words. Happy holidays to all of you and thank you for reading. May the season keep your perimeters protected, your assets secure and your networks free of nasty little elves or ancient Mayan disasters! Twas the night before Christmas and all through the net No access was stirring; No hackers as yet. Murphy in sales was showing his app Tweeting and downloading with only a tap I grumble and moan ‘cause I know it to be. That his

It’s money that matters in the cloud…well, at least ROI

With all the talk of fiscal cliffs, financial binds and “next year’s budget,” I started thinking about cloud security in more tangible ways. Specifically returns on investment, economic impact and total costs of ownership. Just like death and taxes, businesses can add intrusion and attack to the list of sureties. I can hear CFOs all over the world sigh in exasperation as they feel pressured to add another expense line item to minimize the building security threats to their enterprises. Before you add another decimal