Tag: password management

The Do’s and Don’ts of Password Management

I’ve written quite a few words for CloudAccess on the importance of password management and cloud security, but I think this list I found through my friends over at iRise Security really hits the nail on the head. DON’T Reuse and recycle passwords. If you do, a hacker who gets just one of your accounts will own them all. Use a dictionary word as your password. If you must, then string several together into a pass phrase. Use names of loved ones, dogs, birthdays, birthdays of loved ones

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

Governance must drive all security initiatives…even cloud

“The ‘how,’ many change, but the ‘what’ is fundamental to risk management.” I heard these sage words at a recent ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) meeting from a CIO speaking about security from the cloud. He continued, “Risk is not unique to the cloud. It experiences the same issues that affect any outsourcing or third party deliverable. It is bounded by the same concerns regarding governance—does it meet the requirements of my industry? Is my data free from co-mingling? Are the proper notification protocols in

Preventing Data Leakage: Proactive Security from the Cloud

In business, data is currency. It is the oil that keeps the commercial engine in motion and databases are the digital banks that store and retrieve this valuable information. And, according to IDC, data is doubling every two years. But as the overall amount of data grows, so does the amount of sensitive and regulated data. All this data stored by enterprises requires high levels of security. Presently (again, according to IDC) only about a quarter of that data is being properly protected now. Like

REACT to the Cloud: A tale of horror and unified security

Today’s is a cautionary tale. One that you’ve probably heard before, but I promise a new spin on making sure it won’t happen again. It’s a true story. It recently happened to a colleague’s friend’s business. But it is not an isolated incident. Because the information is sensitive and the wounds still raw, I have changed the names to protect the innocent and the not-so-innocent. It was a dark and stormy night… Dan is the  CEO and CTO of a privately-owned business that develops software

A cloud security conversation with the SMB

I just got off the phone with a friend of mine. His name is AJ and he was particularly grouchy. He had just spent the last 12 work hours scouring month-old machine logs so that he could compile a quarter-end audit that met his company’s compliance requirement. AJ is the Director of IT for what would be considered an SMB. It’s a modest home warranty related company that deals with homeowner end users, finance and loan offices, mortgage companies and manufacturers. It does roughly 15-20

The Cloud Guide to PCI Compliance for Retailers

One of the key drivers to IT security investment is compliance. Several industries are bound by various mandates that require certain transparencies and security features. They are designed to mitigate aspects of risk including maintaining the sacrosanctity of customer information, financial data and other proprietary information. One such affected vertical is retail. No matter if you’re Wal-Mart or Nana’s Knitted Kittens, if you store customer information; if you process payments using customer’s credit cards, you are required by law to comply with a variety of

FFIEC’s recognition of cloud security advantages is good for modest financial orgs

Last month the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) shared an opinion on the viability and security of cloud computing. In the four-page statement, the interagency body empowered to prescribe uniform principles, standards, stated that cloud computing is “another form of outsourcing with the same basic risk characteristics and risk management requirements as traditional forms of outsourcing.” What they are offering is a back-handed endorsement of cloud computing with the caveat that if you perform your due diligence and the solution passes the security smell

Lessons Learned from LinkedIn

Users are making it too easy for hackers. If we take a closer look at the 6.5 million hashed LinkedIn passwords that leaked we find a large swath of the user population are ignoring warnings of overly simplistic and obvious passwords. Would you believe the most common word or phrase found in a 160K sampling of the list was “link”? And would you further shake your head in disbelief that “1234” and “12345” followed close behind. Rounding out the top 10 were “work,” “god,” “job,”

The Genie, The Bottle and BYOD

It’s safe to say the genie is out of the bottle. The rise of employees (and other credentialed users) using their own smartphones, tablets and other personal devices is rising and there’s little to nothing  IT can do about it…or is there? In the past weeks I’ve written about BYOD and password management, but I want to approach the subject from a slightly different perspective. Administrating access management and identity management from the cloud is a cost-effective and nearly-instantaneous way to quickly create, manage and