I’ve heard it many times from customers: “IT Security needs to be transparent to users in order to be successful.” Unfortunately, we are now in a digital age where things have dramatically changed and research has shown over and over that credential compromise is the top way that hackers breach an organization.
Enterprises are deploying more cloud services, embracing DevOps, leveraging on-premises applications and exploring other productivity and cost optimization solutions. As a result, it is becoming harder for them to know who within the organization has access to what and how that access is being used or, as we found out in our latest survey, being misused.
This past March we announced Preempt Inspector, a free app for password strength assessment. The App provided administrators with a better understanding of their AD configuration, especially difficult to estimate parameters, such as duplicate and weak passwords. We analyzed the anonymous data we received from the app, and found some worrying trends, like that 1 in 5 enterprise passwords can be easily compromised.
The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has recently enacted new cybersecurity regulation aimed at protecting financial services organizations and their data. The new regulation known as 23 NYCRR 500 actually went into effect earlier in the year, but the 180-day transition period ended on August 28th, meaning organizations now need to be officially in compliance. Of course financial services CISOs are no strangers to regulation, having to already comply with a dizzying array of control frameworks including NIST, COBIT, SSAE and specific regulations such as PCI-DSS and SEC OCIE just to name a few.
Full disclosure: I wasn’t physically at BlackHat 2017. But my colleagues who attended told me about the keynote by Alex Stamos, CSO at Facebook.
Gartner’s 2017 Security Summit began this week with a keynote from Neil MacDonald, Eric Ahlm and Ramon Krikken introducing a new charter that will transform all areas of information security moving forward. They introduced a new strategic approach called CARTA* – Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Assessment.
Last week, I had the opportunity to spend a day at a Legal Services Information Sharing & Analysis Organization(LS-ISAO) workshop in New York City, hosted by a leading law firm. Close to 100 security professionals from law firms around the country participated. While most law firms have small dedicated security teams, what was apparent from the beginning was that the challenges ahead of them were not small.
The risks to employees and organizations from stolen or compromised credentials and information are well-known. And with hackers and insiders becoming more advanced and sophisticated in their techniques the global threat is increasing. At a recent IT security forum, I was speaking with a customer about an Alert (TA16-250A) that the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) released on “The Increasing Threat to Network Infrastructure Devices and Recommended Mitigations” and how User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA)can help address some of their recommendations.
The other day I was speaking to a good friend of mine. He’s an executive consultant working for a large Fortune 1000 organization. As we are talking I realize that he has access to a lot of highly sensitive information that if exposed could be rather damaging to the company. He was lamenting to me how he needed to get access to some data on one of the servers but IT blocked him from accessing it until he completed a mandatory online “IT Security Awareness” training.
Even though Cyber Security Awareness month has passed, it is important to remain diligent and and stay aware to defend yourself from threats. I recently worked with CSO Magazine to put together a series of best practices that organizations and their users should follow (both in and out of the corporate network) to minimize threats and reduce risk.
While IT security education may be part of an organization’s onboarding process, many people still don’t realize that they shouldn’t open an email from an unidentified source, or even those from a friend or coworker that have uncharacteristic links or text. And inevitably they still do.