Ahead of the release of Edward Snowden's memoirs chronicling his decision to bring illegal "big data" domestic U.S. surveillance programs to light, a former NSA intelligence specialist points out that the U.S. still lacks a whistleblowing law to protect intelligence workers who spot illegal activity.
The traditional IAM strategy has been to tie individual users with a unique device. But that doesn't work in healthcare settings, where doctors and nurses often share multiple devices. Jigar Kadakia of Partners HealthCare talks about how he approaches this critical challenge.
Déjà vu basic cybersecurity challenge all over again: With the U.S. government warning that geopolitical tensions could trigger wiper-attack reprisals, security experts review the basic anti-wiper - and anti-ransomware - defenses organizations should already have in place.
Biometrics may be in fashion, but it's in part because users are ready, willing and able to use it to prove their identity, thanks to Apple, Samsung, Google and other players providing trustable hardware for verifying people's fingerprints and faces, says IBM Security's Neil Warburton.
Attackers crave insider-level access to IT infrastructure and regularly target insiders - and especially administrators- to steal their credentials, says BeyondTrust's Karl Lankford, who advises organizations to ensure they manage, monitor and audit all privileged access.
Access risk: Security leaders understand their governance and technology challenges. But addressing them with new automated tools - and selling these new processes within their organizations? Those are the problems attendees attempted to solve at a recent dinner in Philadelphia.
The computer systems the U.S. Department of the Treasury uses to track the nation's debt have serious security flaws that could allow unauthorized access to a wealth of federal data, according to a pair of audits released this week by the Government Accountability Office.
The explosion in the quantity and diversity of internet-connected devices - from industrial control systems and cars to farming equipment and refrigerators - makes applying privileged access management more important than ever, says Wallix Group's Chad Carter.
Identity and access management is more complicated when organizations rely on a cloud infrastructure, says Brandon Swafford, CISO at Waterbury, Connecticut-based Webster Bank, who describes the challenges in an interview.
Identity and access management is not about compliance anymore - It's really about security, says Gartner's Felix Gaehtgens. With cloud, virtualization, DevOps and other IT trends, IAM has evolved from being a one-off project to an ongoing initiative.
IT administrators and business partners require privileged access to enterprise networks to ensure that business continues to get done. Yet this very same access is all too often abused by insiders and outsiders, leading to otherwise preventable data breaches, says Matt Dircks, CEO of Bomgar.
If you browsed the latest security headlines, you'd probably think the majority of data breaches were related to hackers, political activists, malware or phishing. While the latter two hint at it, the truth is that nearly half of all data breaches can be traced back to insiders in some capacity.
Enterprise security leaders largely understand the business problems posed by a lack of privileged access management. But understanding and overcoming the obstacles to deploying a successful PAM rollout? That's the real challenge, says Alex Mosher of CA Technologies.