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Mar 11 2015

North South East West People & Machines - Privileged Access Management for the Cloud Does Not Have to Be Painful

When considering privileged access management challenges organizations face today, you can simply spin around in circles considering all the angles that need to be considered from a privileged user and M2M perspective. There is no doubt, a great infrastructural transformation is ongoing seeing more and more critical business application functions being moved to private, public and hybrid clouds. With this in mind, the consideration of how we monitor, control and audit our encrypted traffic and privileged access to and from the cloud, and between and within clouds is becoming a security necessity forcing us to rethink how we approach this…

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Jan 5 2015

2015 - The Guardians of the Mainframe Legacy


Another year has come and gone. For me, this is my 32nd anniversary in the IT field and the 21st in Security. Time has certainly flown by since punch cards, reel-to-reel tape, and thermal paper operator consoles. Physical security of locked Data Centers, IT cabinets, and closets and wired terminals are long in the past. No one envisioned the Internet of Everything and the…

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Dec 8 2014

Cooler Heads Will Prevail

When thinking of IT security trends, I don’t think I would be on the wrong track if I would dub the year 2014 as “The Year of Open Source Vulnerability”. In the same vein, past couple of years could be called “The Year of Snowden” and “The Year of Multiple Web Site Breaches which Resulted in Millions of Stolen Credit Card Numbers”, in no particular…

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Nov 27 2014

Do You Fulfill Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s General Principles for Technology Risk Management?

The commencement of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect represents not only increasing cross-border trading, but also continuously growing data exchange between financial institutions such as stock exchange authorities, banks, and brokerage firms.

The machine-to-machine (M2M) transactions that power the automation of critical business operations and data transfers are typically protected with some form of data-in-transit…

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Nov 11 2014

A Video Is Worth a Million Words

It is a well-known fact that system administrators with root-level privileges have wider access to company’s critical information assets than the C-level executives. With great power comes great responsibility, and most people will also act responsibly. But as an information security officer, would you trust this power and responsibility to someone you cannot identify or whose actions you cannot verify…

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Oct 27 2014

[Infographic] 4 Steps to Secure Shell Key Management Bliss

Secure Shell is an essential component in the day-to-day functions for many IT professionals. In fact, a recent Forrester study found 82% of organizations use Secure Shell and 68% consider Secure Shell important or critical to their business.

While most enterprises use Secure Shell to run and maintain essential business processes, few have ever examined their deployment process of Secure Shell. Secure Shell keys are often created without any oversight or management, and the elevated privileges that accompany Secure Shell keys means there is a higher risk for data breaches and compliance…

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Oct 7 2014

Potential Pitfalls of MAS TRM Guidelines

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) revised its Technology Risk Management Guidelines (TRM) in June 2013. Financial Institutions (FI) operating in Singapore have since been reviewing the guidelines against their own security procedures and infrastructures, to determine necessary enhancements to match the new requirements. While the guidelines are not legally binding, MAS uses them when performing risk assessments of the…

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Oct 1 2014

Heartbleed and Shellshock – Different Vulnerabilities, Same Lesson

Just last month we hosted a webinar called “Heartbleed – You Stopped the Bleeding but Did You Fix the Problem?”. Heartbleed allows an attacker to retrieve the contents of memory from vulnerable servers. As a result, any private credentials that might have been resident in memory can no longer be considered private. That is why many enterprises and public facing web services advised their users to change their…

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Sep 7 2014

Elliptic Curves and More: Universal SSH Key Manager Version 1.3.3

The latest version of Universal SSH Key Manager brings an important update: support for elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) keys. If you’re not familiar with ECC, suffice it to say that it’s an approach to public-key cryptography based on elliptic curves which is said to provide the same level of security as traditional RSA or DSA but with smaller key sizes while also using faster and lighter…

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Aug 20 2014

Heads Up for Federal CISOs and CIOs: NIST Publishes Guidelines for SSH Key Management

For those of us who follow the activities of NIST, yesterday marked the arrival of a remarkable document with a characteristically bland NIST-style title:  “Security of Automated Access Management Using Secure Shell”. The release of this report (NIST Interagency Report 7966) has great significance for organizations that use Secure Shell – which is just about every medium to large enterprise, most government agencies and many large non-profits. So what is…

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Aug 18 2014

Black Blob of Death Threatens Data Center Security

Researchers at SSH Communications Security recently uncovered a serious security vulnerability that impacts data centers in the vast majority of banks and financial institutions. Okay, so admittedly, it almost sounds like a story from The Onion or some made up news by a bored blogger. But this really isn’t a satirical post about the over-hyping of security issues or fake news. The Black Blob of Death is…

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Aug 1 2014

With “Backoff” POS Malware, Attackers Use Your Security Tools Against You

Yesterday the US Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to US businesses against a new POS malware attack called “Backoff”. The attackers are targeting common remote access systems like Microsoft Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Chrome Remote Desktop, Splashtop, Pulseway and join.me. To make matters worse, this little bug is difficult for anti-virus software to…

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