Tag: security

Why Identity Governance Is Ripe for a “Shift Left” Approach

As organizations seek to bolster security and improve the user experience, the “Shift Left” movement is gaining steam. The term actually has a number of definitions, depending on context. In software development, where it originated, Shift Left refers to an approach in which testing is done earlier in the process — that is, it is shifted left on the...

Why Risk Analytics Is an Essential Component of Modern Identity Management

Risk management is a five-step process that always starts with identification. It’s common sense; you have to determine what risks are involved before you can evaluate, prioritize, mitigate, and monitor them. With identity and access management (IAM), however, identifying risks can be a difficult process. An enterprise with 1,000 employees and 25 IT systems that each have 10 levels...

PAM in 2019: Organizations Need Greater Visibility and More Granular Control

PAM 2019
Gartner’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) Summit was held Dec. 3-5 in Las Vegas, giving security pros an opportunity to discuss how the IAM landscape is evolving. Not surprisingly, privileged access management (PAM) was a focal point of the event. Organizations are struggling to implement effective PAM processes in light of growing numbers of users and devices, both internal...

How to Minimize the Risk of Local Admin Rights and Privileged Account Attacks

EPM
In our last post, we discussed the risks of granting administrator rights to end users at the workstation level. Local admin rights enable users — or hackers — to do whatever they want with a machine. An attacker who is able to obtain local admin credentials can launch a “pass-the-hash” attack, leveraging well-known Windows vulnerabilities to obtain higher-level privileged...

OAuth Is Convenient, But Is It Secure?

Clango
Earlier this year, a phishing attack targeting Google Docs abused OAuth to give hackers full access to victims’ Gmail accounts and contacts. Google blocked the attack within about an hour, but it might have affected as many as a million Gmail users. Here’s how it worked. The attackers got access to Google’s OAuth APIs by posing as legitimate third-party...

Identity Management Becoming Key to Mobile Security

Clango
Workers today spend more than a third of their time away from their desks, leveraging a mix of mobile devices and applications to access and share information and collaborate with others. While mobile devices give us unprecedented connectivity options, they also create significant security challenges. In a survey of 4,500 business users, the research firm Ovum found that 70...

Keystroke Cops: Authentication by Typing Patterns

Keystroke
In the early days of World War II, Army Signal Corps officers made a startling discovery about intercepted Nazi telegraph transmissions. Though they weren’t able to understand the messages, which were in an encrypted version of Morse code, they were able to determine that the “dots” and “dashes” came in highly distinctive speeds and rhythms. Using a methodology that...

New York’s New Security Rules Emphasize Identity and Access Management

NY Security
In September 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations that established minimum security requirements for the protection of sensitive data in the financial services sector. The first state-mandated regulations of their kind in the nation, the new rules cover banks, insurance companies, and other financial services firms licensed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS),...

Data Manipulation: A More Troubling Problem than Data Theft

PAS
Many people are concerned about the theft of sensitive information, and rightfully so. According to the 2016 Identity Fraud study by Javelin Strategy and Research, identity theft cost U.S. consumers $15 billion in 2015. Businesses also fall victim to identity theft, to the tune of $221 billion worldwide each year. But a more insidious data security problem is gaining...

Why the IoT Needs IAM, Part 2: The Complexity of Controlling Access

DDOS
In a previous post Why the IoT Needs IAM, Part 1: Rise of the Botnets, we discussed the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the enormous attack surface created by billions of Internet-connected devices. Many of these devices have been recruited into botnet armies that are used to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Others are...