The elements of effective cybersecurity are both a broad and a deep subject for discussion, and the details of any one particular element bears in-depth discussion of its own. That said, such details are often best left to companies' cybersecurity teams to investigate and implement – but in no regard should executive teams remain completely uninformed of the high-level elements that should comprise proper, well-rounded cybersecurity within their organizations.
Chinese New Year 2020: The Year of the RAT
The year of the rat is going to be a strong, prosperous and lucky year, for those that carefully plan their objectives.
Every year over the past decade has seen a variety of successful hacking attempts and data breaches at companies both large and small, and 2019 has been no different. Here are three of the top data breaches this year, along with some observations on how privileged access management (PAM) might have helped to mitigate or even possibly have prevented these breaches.
Collaboration is essential in order to handle the diversity and complexity of the IT infrastructure required by today's digital transformation. This is particularly true when external contractors request access to critical infrastructure to provide maintenance to systems and equipment, and assist with critical systems setup.
Corporate networks can be sprawling affairs comprising thousands of connected devices. Securing such networks is too often focused only on locking down access points into the network. But what happens once a user (or intruder) gains access to one of those network entry points? With an ever-evolving cyberthreat environment and a constant barrage of new tools deployed by hackers in their attempts to gain network access, the assumption of every smart cybersecurity team should be that their external defenses will be penetrated.
More than a quarter of all cyberattacks are aimed at financial systems – more than any other vertical. In 2019, Capital One, Desjardins, First American Financial, Westpac, and even the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency have all been the victims of successful cyberattacks, and there is no reason to think that such attacks will lessen.
Network segmentation and segregation have been around for a long while – as long, in fact, as there have been private networks connected to the internet. And while network segmentation is vital and will be familiar to many through its implementation via firewalls and DMZs, network segregation also has a vitally important role to play in cybersecurity.
The recent growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its industrial-driven subset, the aptly-named Industrial IoT (IIoT), has been staggering. Growth projections, too, are staggering as better IT-OT connectivity, sensors, and control devices continue to generate more and more use cases for implementations across manufacturing, transportation, and many more industries.
Cyberthreats are many and varied, which means that cybersecurity measures need to be equally varied and agile in order to truly protect your organization. To provide such agility, the application of two main principles is required when designing and implementing cybersecurity: Least Privilege and Defense in Depth.
Because cyberthreats to data and privacy are ubiquitous, cybersecurity needs to be a part of every corporate network – and of course, protecting the personal, financial, health, and other data held by corporations is of paramount importance. Aside from the loss of the data itself, though, executives must also contend with another serious issue: The financial costs of a data breach, in terms of both damage mitigation and the penalties that will be assessed by various governing agencies should the company not have been compliant with appropriate regulations and laws.
Whether a multinational giant like Amazon, or a more regionalized company like Safeway, retail systems are ubiquitous around the world. But just as ubiquitous are cyberattacks – and many of those attacks are aimed directly at retail systems, with 64% of retailers reporting an attempted attack on a monthly basis.
Everyone has heard the aphorism that “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” Of course, the expression is patently false in a wide variety of contexts – and it’s especially false when it comes to hidden cybersecurity threats, some of which are capable of inflicting damage far more severe than data breaches and identity theft. One such cyberthreat that could potentially hurt millions, not just financially but physically, is the malware known as Triton.
In complex, complicated networks, privileged access is a fact of life – and privileged access management (PAM) is a necessity. The need for PAM stems from the fact that users will need varying levels of privileged access at different times and under different circumstances: In-house DBAs will need access to database servers to perform their daily work, for example, while network engineering consultants will need a completely different set of privileges in order to accomplish certain tasks for which they’ve been retained.
Corporate network environments are typically large, with many points of access that can potentially be exploited to gain unauthorized entrance to the network, and to the resources and data within that network. In attempting to lock down systems against unauthorized access, cybersecurity teams will often use a “defense in depth” strategy whereby the system as a whole is protected by using multiple layers of defense that seek to ensure the protection individually of each of its components.
The cybersecurity challenges confronting healthcare providers are immense. Patient data must be constantly secured, and large numbers of connected devices must operate consistently and securely in an environment where patients, doctors, non-medical staff, the IT department, and outside contractors all require varying levels of system access. When one takes the challenges of securing such an environment together with the high value of patient data – in which a typical electronic health record (EHR) for an individual can contain their name, their social security number, their medical history, their banking and credit card information, the names of their relatives, and much more of value to hackers – it’s easy to see why healthcare is the industry most often targeted by hackers.
The extent to which business still runs on outdated tech might surprise you. Banks and other fintech companies, for example, still lean heavily on mainframes and other so-called “big iron” infrastructure because of its speed and reliability in handling thousands of transactions per second. Those kinds of capabilities beg the question as to whether such tech is indeed outdated – but legacy tech designed for high throughput does pose problems, with a high number of administrators citing integration with legacy systems as a challenge as they consider future planning and efforts.
In today’s digital threat climate, cybersecurity is no longer optional. The reality, however, is that it’s not always easy to put security measures in place, thanks to business constraints. Small teams, tight resources, and complex hierarchies make implementation more complicated than “just do it.” Not to mention the ever-increasing number and breadth of regulations with which companies must comply to meet minimum standards of data and system security.
What if airtight security measures were built into your DevOps processes by design, from conception, and not shoe-horned in after the fact? What if passwords weren’t built into scripts and uploaded to GitHub for all to see? What if an entire DevOps team could work seamlessly and efficiently without ever needing to stop and authenticate each step?
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation – or GDPR – has now been in force for a year. Because of the ongoing impact it has on business, this first anniversary is a good opportunity to step back and reexamine GDPR in terms of why it exists and what it calls for, as well as look at a couple of notable non-compliance cases that have already been brought to serve as a reminder – and a warning.
Our modern, connected society generates vast amounts of information -- by some estimates, over 90% of the data extant in the world was created over the last two years. And with the right systems in place, data turns into information that drives business intelligence and enables insightful decision-making. The uses are as endless as the data itself, enabling everything from ad targeting to Smart Cities, and transforming entire industries on the fly.
Business has always run on personal connections. But for many years, it’s also been run on a host of network and data connections designed to provide both internal and external users with the access to corporate systems and information that they need and want. On a daily basis, millions of workers use that access to do their jobs – and they take that access for granted, in large part because of the relative ease in accomplishing it. But there’s a facet to this access that should always be kept in mind, both by users of networks and the administrators charged with protecting those same networks and data: Access is a privilege, and not a right.
Last year was not a good one for the healthcare industry’s security reputation. A quick Google search will unearth countless news articles focused on data breaches in healthcare from across the globe. In the UK, cyber attacks and data breaches hit the NHS hard, while private healthcare providers in the US, UK and Australia all suffered at the hands of hackers.
The key objective of any CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) is the prevention of impact to the organization from any form of security breach. This, as we know, is much easier said than done. A good CISO, in fact, comes to work every morning assuming that a breach has already happened, with a view to fixing any vulnerabilities and securing the system to the highest standard possible. Every single day.
Who better than WALLIX to manage your Bastion?
Privileged Access Management (PAM) is recognized as a critical system for the Digital Transformation, allowing organizations to ensure the security of their critical accounts, as well as assisting in complying with required regulations. In fact, Gartner named PAM as the #1 cybersecurity priority for businesses - 2 years running.
In the military, they have a well-known phrase that happens to succinctly describe the definition of the least privilege principle: ‘Need-To-Know Basis’. For the military, this means that sensitive information is only given to those who need that information to perform their duty. In cybersecurity, it’s much the same idea. The ‘least privilege’ principle involves the restriction of individual user access rights within a company to only those which are necessary in order for them to do their job. By the same token, each system process, device, and application should be granted the least authority necessary, to avoid compromising privileged information.
There have been quite a few security breaches to hit the news in 2018. As each story broke, it seemed like it couldn't get worse, only to find that the next data breach was just around the corner, and even more severe, exposing the data of millions of customers worldwide. We have had a few of those this year.
WALLIX is positioned in Gartner’s first Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management (PAM)
A recent cybersecurity news item should trigger concern for anyone involved in cloud-based software development. As reported in CSO, an attacker breached a popular Node.js module. After building trust and gaining owner-level access, he or she was able to push a compromised version that hid Bitcoin and Ethereum hot wallet credentials for malicious purposes in the code.
Multi-tenancy, which involves the sharing of infrastructure, software, and network assets by more than one entity, is the predominant mode of computing in the cloud. There are good reasons for this. A multi-tenant environment is more efficient than alternative approaches like assigning each system its own individual machine. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) host multiple companies' IT resources at once, providing each with cost savings compared to self-hosting all resources on-premise.
Organizations are flocking to the cloud in droves, but many question the security of migrating critical resources to off-site, cloud services. In fact, Forrester reports that 58% of companies outsource half or more of their data center operations, servers, network, and storage infrastructure!
WALLIX makes its debut in The Forrester Wave™: Privileged Identity Management, Q4 2018, which evaluated the “11 providers that matter most.”
Maintaining visibility and protecting an organization’s most critical data and systems are central components of robust security operations. Privileged users present a unique risk to companies, whose credentials may get into the wrong hands, resulting in devastating consequences. To maintain the level of visibility and control required for numerous compliance regulations, many organizations look toward session management solutions to provide them with the tools they need to ensure proper security 24/7.
Privileged access management, or PAM, is software that helps organizations maintain complete control and visibility over their most critical systems and data. A robust PAM solution ensures that all user actions, including those taken by privileged users, are monitored and can be audited in case of a security breach.
When you return one day to find your house has been broken into, your first question is always, “How did they get in?” And when the doors and windows are all still closed, yet your valuables are gone, you’re sure those things didn’t just walk off on their own. Similarly, in the event of a data breach, your first question is inevitably, “How did this happen?”
There’s a misconception in the popular imagination that cybersecurity is a technology-driven discipline. It is technological, of course, but cybersecurity policies are arguably just as important, if not more so, than the hardware and software elements they govern. Policies, or rules, determine how security technology is to be deployed by affected teams. A firewall may prevent unauthorized entry, for instance, but it is useless if there are no rules governing who is allowed to modify its settings.
Organizational security often begins with password management. Even the most basic of organizations use passwords to protect email accounts and document management solutions, while larger organizations may need to worry about HIPAA compliance, protecting industrial control systems, and more. Ensuring security with robust password management policies is key, and utilizing enterprise password management software, such as the WALLIX Bastion Password Manager, significantly simplifies this daunting task.
You can’t spend your way into a strong security posture. Being secure involves integrating tools, policies, people, and budgets. Getting secure will absolutely require some expenditure of cash. How much is the right amount? The answer depends on each organization’s unique security needs. In general, though, the best practice is to assess the potential financial impact of an incident (data breach cost) and weigh it against the cost of staying secure through breach prevention. Figuring this out can be a bit challenging, but it can be done.
The IEC 62443 standard is a sprawling, highly complex collection of cybersecurity standards addressing the unique needs of Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACSs). It covers the full spectrum of security, from risk analysis through the definition and implementation of security policies for IACSs. As with most security standards, the issues of user access control and identity management are critical to success. In particular, an organization seeking to be certified for complying with the IEC 62443 standard should address the matter of Privileged Access Management (PAM). PAM relates to administrative, or privileged, users who can set up or modify the IACS elements that are being secured through the standard.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the famous “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog” cartoon appearing in The New Yorker. Oh, how true that was, and still is, a quarter century later. Chances are, artist Peter Steiner had no idea how prescient his drawing was. We are indeed in the Internet dog days, of identity access management (IAM) and PAM at least.
An organization’s security posture benefits from the ability to manage and track access to privileged accounts. Privileged users—as well as those impersonating them—can present major security threats. A Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution offers an answer. It enables security teams to stay on top of privileged account access. To work, however, it must be a scalable PAM solution. The PAM solution must scale flexibly in a growing organization or suffer being disused, to the detriment of security overall. What does it take to build a scalable PAM solution? This article explores the answer to that question.
In the cybersecurity industry, we often talk about the ‘Insider Threat’ that organizations face in security their most critical data and assets. From manufacturing to healthcare, every business encounters the challenge of both preventing and detecting these risks. But what exactly is Insider Threat? What does it mean for business?
Supply chains are essential for the proper functioning of industrial systems and critical infrastructure. However, they’re also quite messy, in terms of security. Supply chains invariably connect users and systems from multiple entities, often in different countries. This setup exposes every company in the supply chain to cyber risk. Among countermeasures, Privileged Access Management (PAM) offers one of the best ways of minimizing supply chain vulnerabilities.
As cybersecurity concerns rise across all industries, as media and service companies, Telecommunications and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) face particular challenges. With massive amounts of client data and critical infrastructure, they are tempting targets for hackers. Telecom and CSPs need security solutions that can adapt and evolve with them, and respond to challenges unique to their industries.
IT security has never been so important, as hacks and data breaches are at an all-time high (and climbing). When it comes to the security of your data and infrastructure, visibility and control are paramount. You can put in place all manner of corporate policies and password rules, but oversight of administrator actions and the ability to review past activity are paramount for both peace of mind and compliance with stringent cybersecurity regulations.
Industrial plants and power utilities commonly employ the well-established Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) framework to manage their Operational Technology (OT) systems. In recent years, SCADA’s cyber risk exposure has increased with the advent of the Internet and the IP-enabling of traditionally isolated SCADA system elements.
Despite the globally-increasing threat of cyber attack, and what feels like near-daily major news reports of data breaches in our most sensitive industries, many companies still under-value cybersecurity. While the data breach fatigue is real, organizations from every sector need to ramp up their IT security practices.
When talking about Privileged Access Management, it’s important to focus on the real objective: to ensure that only the right person can access the right system at any given time. A password vault can easily handle that, but you really need more. It’s far more important to ensure that when someone accesses a target, this person does only what they are supposed to do, and nothing more.
Security managers today understand they need to either implement or upgrade their Privileged Access Management (PAM) programs. The role of privileged account abuse in many recent, serious cyberattacks reveals just how important this aspect of security has become. Success, it turns out, involves more than just acquiring a PAM solution and installing it.
Staying agile is crucial in a fast-paced world. Businesses need to move quickly to stay ahead of their competition and react immediately when faced with (cyber) threat. Business processes need to be flexible to allow room for growth and evolution in the needs and shape of the organization.
When it comes to the IT security of your organization, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. These days, the vast majority of businesses worldwide are subject to cyber attack (upwards of 89%, in fact). You can’t risk making it any easier for your critical data to be accessed and stolen.
Ensuring security across organizations is complicated. Between securing the perimeter, enforcing password policies, and attempting to stop breaches before they occur, there is a lot that needs to be considered. Implementing robust privileged identity management through advanced session management tools is one of the key steps to improving organizational security.
With a new Bastion comes a new Access Manager. After the release of the Bastion 6.0 in February, the WALLIX team is very pleased to announce the new Access Manager 2.0.
After a trying day at the Security Operations Center (SOC), a Privileged Access Management (PAM) super-admin just wants to have a nice cup of tea and a few minutes relaxing in front of the television before turning in for the night. But, as he dozes and slips into an InfoSec fever dream, he desperately seeks entertainment, flipping through the channels, returning again and again to the classic “New Rules” segment of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Time’s up! Cybersecurity compliance is no longer optional for global businesses as IT standards and regulations increase at both state and industry levels, worldwide.
Misappropriation of user identity is one of the root causes of many serious cybersecurity incidents. The threat can appear as a malicious actor impersonating an authorized system user, a hacker creating a fictitious user account, or a legitimate user taking improper actions. In each case, security managers may have trouble detecting the actions of an ill-intentioned user or they discover the problem after the fact.
Maintain a relationship of mutual confidence with your customer
As an external provider of IT services, whether you are ensuring the remote maintenance of critical equipment or managing a part, or the totality of a client's IT infrastructure, transparency is crucial.
Not only should you provide best-in-class technical services in a timely manner, but you must also comply with security and regulations, control and defend your costs, and you have to provide a high level of process and quality.
Because let’s face it, if a single thing goes wrong, each and every action you take will be under scrutiny.
While the modern business world becomes ever more digital, the need for insurance remains consistent across time. Lloyds of London, for instance, dates to the 17th century, building a global reputation for meeting the ever-changing requirements for insurance.
Unlike the 17th century, however, today’s demand is for cyber insurance.
With digitized business processes and data migrating to the Cloud, IT security is the biggest challenge organizations face, with a need to defend against data theft and other cyber-crime in an increasingly digital economy.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) present a good news story for service providers, but security challenges remain. AWS gives service providers a way to grow their businesses without having to deal with many of the hassles and costs of maintaining a cloud infrastructure. A Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), for instance, can let AWS do the heavy lifting for them, supplying an essentially infinitely scalable infrastructure.
Microsoft Azure offers broad, exciting new capabilities for enterprise IT. The new Azure IoT Hub, which enables large-scale deployment of Internet of Things devices, is just one example. The IoT Hub, however, presents a number of challenges, such as security monitoring on Azure.
Did you know that the greatest threat your organization faces is from your own privileged users? Intentionally or not, employees and 3rd-party providers with privileged accounts represent your most significant vulnerability to cyber attacks.
Cybersecurity is a growing issue for businesses worldwide, as the data they handle becomes more and more significant and the threat of a breach more imminent. Nowhere is this challenge more evident than in the Retail sector, where systems are widespread and consumer data handling is constant.
Confidence in cloud security is growing. According to the Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Global Cloud Data Security Study, the percent of IT managers who feel that it is difficult to secure confidential or sensitive information in the cloud has fallen from 60% in 2016 to 49% today. That trend notwithstanding, many in the industry still feel cloud security is difficult to achieve. The same study reveals that 71% of IT managers believe is more difficult to apply conventional information security in the cloud computing environment, while 51% think it is more difficult to control or restrict end-user access.
A security audit is something that every single company with an internet connection, and that handles customer/individual data should be concerned with. Without elaborating more than necessary, recent regulations makes it, if not mandatory, at least strongly recommended to audit your IT security to ensure compliance.
Imagine a hacker is lurking inside your network. Indeed, it’s likely a few malicious actors are already inside your domain despite your best efforts to keep them away. Now, imagine the hacker stealing the credentials of a trusted system administrator. With the back-end access permitted to this privileged user, imagine the kind of damage the hacker can do.
Outsourcing of security is on the rise. The MSSP business grew into a $9 billion category in 2017, and Gartner reports that over 50% of organizations will be outsourcing some or all of their security work to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) by next year.
Cyber resilience refers to how well an organization can recover from a cyber incident. Many factors contribute to success with cyber resilience, but any attempt to achieve cyber resilience should prominently feature Privileged Access Management (PAM).
While SPAM email has been flooding our inboxes for many years now, what do we really know about who’s sending them and where they come from? And how is SPAM impacted by the upcoming – and increasing – data privacy and security regulations states are implementing worldwide?
More and more organizations are making the jump to the cloud in an effort to simplify IT and business management. Although this move can make it easier for organizations to scale operations and have more agility to evolve based on the market, it leaves them vulnerable to an ever-growing range of cyber threats. In order to reap the benefits of utilizing cloud environments while protecting organizations from attack, teams need Privileged Access Management (PAM).
Hikers have a saying that goes, “The terrain is not the map.” Upon finding, for instance, that a bridge no longer exists, one might ask, “Wait a minute… you mean a US Geological Survey map from 1953 doesn’t reflect current conditions?” “Yup. The terrain is not the map.” So it goes in IT as well.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Take it from Leonardo (Not DiCaprio. The other one.) Simplicity makes a work of art that much more sophisticated and beautiful. The same is true in technology. Simplicity is elegant. Simplicity sells. Simplicity also makes for effective security. Indeed, the IT world has only grown more overwhelming since the noted security expert Bruce Schneier remarked in 2001, “Complexity is the enemy of security. As systems get more complex, they get less secure.”
With everyone’s minds focused on the upcoming GDPR deadline, EU members must not overlook the NIS Directive. EU member states must implement measures to comply with the NIS Directive before the 9th of May, 2018. So what are the biggest challenges to compliance with the directive?
Cybersecurity is a top concern for organizations across the globe. As a result, more and more compliance regulations and laws are being put in place, but meeting these strict rules can be a challenge for organizations. In some cases, security teams may need to comply with multiple regulations based on their geographic location. They need a way to meet compliance without interrupting operations or impacting day-to-day tasks.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publishes the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
Privileged access management (PAM) helps you maintain control and visibility over your organization’s most critical systems and data. It includes numerous tools and features that can help deter and prevent data breaches caused by both malicious insiders or external cybercriminals.
Do you really know who is wandering on your network?
Data breaches are occurring at an ever-increasing rate. More and more businesses are feeling the devastating impacts of breaches.
Is there such a thing as simple and robust cybersecurity? Do we face an inevitable choice between simplicity and robustness? If we want one, do we automatically lose the other?
During an earlier interview on the challenges relating to security by design and connected objects (IoT), Julien Patriarca, Professional Services Director at WALLIX and cybersecurity expert for more than a decade, tackled the issue of responsibility with regard to security.
As digital technology and the Internet undergo constant change, users’ habits shift along with them, magnifying as a result their demands for speed and availability on the objects and tools that they use on a daily basis. But, the rush to digitalize everything to make life easier turns the spotlight on the challenges of cybersecurity in digital technology.
Buckle up! If the expert forecasts are correct, 2018 is going to be quite a ride for cybersecurity professionals.
Benefiting from an Access management platform is a key component of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy.
If the 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning had been asked about cybersecurity, she might have written, “How does a data breach rack up costs? Let me count the ways.”
More than ever before, organizations are getting attacked from all sides. Between malware infested emails and stolen credentials, companies are seriously threatened.
Industrial control systems (ICS) are critical to numerous industry operations and have become high-profile targets for cybercriminals who may infiltrate ICS to cause damage to the systems themselves or use the systems to gain access to other parts of a corporate IT infrastructure.
- The data of 57 million users has been stolen from Uber.
- Malicious intruders managed to gain access to a GitHub private coding site used by some Uber software engineers, find AWS credentials, and use them to steal private data.
Would you really wear sockets with flip flops to walk on a nice sandy beach? The same thing goes with SSH agent-forwarding: using a socket can sometimes be inappropriate.
All organizations understand the need to have strong cybersecurity measures in place to protect personal and corporate data. Financial services, in particular, have an increased need for advanced security with both money and personal data at risk.
We recently published a paper about the role of Privileged Access Management (PAM) in the ISO 27001 standard. ISO 27001 is the world’s most comprehensive and recognized Information Security Management System (ISMS) framework.
Gartner Market Guide for Privileged Access Management Report: WALLIX Recognized as a Representative Vendor
Privileged access management (PAM) is becoming an increasingly important aspect of security infrastructure for organizations of all sizes. Many recent breaches including the Equifax breach and Deloitte breach could have both been prevented if these organizations had a PAM solution in place.
Every cybersecurity operation is like NORAD, the command post where the US Air Force “opens up one eager eye, focusing it on the sky…” as the German singer Nena put it in her 1980s classic “99 Red Balloons.” Instead of watching for 99 red balloons, we’re looking at alerts, an endless, massive flood of security alerts—more than 10,000 per day for most organizations.
The Center for Internet Security (CIS), the non-profit whose mission is to "enhance the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities,” publishes “The CIS Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense.”
Another day, another major data breach uncovered at a high-profile company. Deloitte has recently announced that malicious outsiders infiltrated their email database and gained access to everything it contained, including confidential emails, attachments, IP addresses, login information, and more.
SUDO or NOT SUDO. In the PAM industry, both sides have many supporters and with arguments such as: “It’s free but it’s not maintained”. As usual, there is no right or wrong answer, but there is a right way and a wrong way to secure your systems.
The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), the global banking information network, facilitates over $5 trillion in bank transfers every day. It therefore presents an extremely high value target for cyber-attackers.
Remote access is no longer an “option” for organizations, it is a necessity for both IT and business operations. Remote access is required by your own employees and third-party service providers like software vendors, support teams, and consultants.
The Equifax Data breach is one of the largest and most impactful data breaches over the last few years. The breach gave hackers access to over 143 million records.
Understanding what is going on within your organization’s network is a critical component of strong security operations.
Privileged access management (PAM) is imperative in protecting critical systems and data. Organizations can’t just rely on perimeter-based defenses; instead, they must maintain complete control and visibility over privileged users and their access to various resources to ensure security.
NIST SP 800-171, the Special Publication from the National Institute of Standards (NIST) sets requirements governing how Federal government contractors must protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) hosted in nonfederal information systems and organizations.
Organizations need to support the activities of a wide range of end-users, including third-party vendors, contractors, temporary employees, and more.
Privileged Access Management (PAM) offers a way to mitigate them.
I am not just a standalone application, I also need to communicate with my peers!
Without the proper security solutions in place like monitoring and access management, your organization’s data integrity could be at risk.
A newly developed Russian hacking cyber weapon has the potential to disrupt power grids and cause major blackouts around the world.
Independent German institute IAIT puts WALLIX to the test: WALLIX ADMINBASTION SUITE 5.0.2 leaves remarkably good impression
The first step evaluated was the integration capacity of the Bastion which is complemented by an assistance configuration guide.
International Data Corporation (IDC), the leading provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the IT industry, has partnered with us to report on the importance of privileged access management (PAM) for security infrastructures in all industries.
As companies move to the Cloud, new security issues are emerging. Between the scope of state-of-the-art practices and new uses, our expert provides an update on Cloud security.
Privileged access management is an important part of the security infrastructure for all organizations.
Integration between several worlds (Windows; Unix/Linux etc.) often requires several adapted tools. This relates to AD Bridging integration.
Threat intelligence helps a cybersecurity team prioritize its work by focusing on the most serious threats. In tandem, Privileged Access Management (PAM) strengthens the controls devised to counter such serious threats.
Since industrial systems are increasingly connected to information systems for production management, planning, and remote access matters, security issues are spreading throughout industrial computing.
IT security has long experienced a tension between point solutions and integrated solutions. As threats grow more serious, complex and frequent, however, we see many of the most forward-thinking organizations adopt a more unified approach.
Privileged access management helps your health IT security team manage and audit the activities of all privileged users.
Industry 4.0 puts capabilities like interoperability, data transparency, and autonomous cyber systems into the service of industrial operations. The trend relates to cyber-physical systems, cloud computing and, the most pervasive of them all – the Internet of Things. Its openness, self-directed and interconnected nature creates new security challenges. Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions can play a key role in reducing the risk.
Sarbanes Oxley… aka “SOX.” Wow, is that still a thing? Oh, yes, you can bet your 10K on it. The law requires publicly traded corporations to document, implement, audit, and certify internal controls over financial reporting. This includes a great deal of attention to IT controls and policies. Access controls are critical for SOX. As a result, SOX and Privileged Access Management (PAM) are closely linked, or should be.
Complexity is the enemy of cybersecurity. Yet, it can’t be avoided. Even a relatively small organization will have multiple people operating and administering multiple IT assets while fending off multiple threats. Any problem is basically a problem cubed. How do you keep things secure in that environment?
The European Union is on the verge of enacting its new privacy regulations, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Replacing the existing EU data privacy rules, GDPR is simply the latest in a long line of privacy regulations dating back to 1980. While GDPR clarifies and simplifies a number of data protection requirements, it adds new rules that will almost certainly present challenges to international businesses working in the EU.
Structured data is at the heart of virtually every company’s most valuable IT assets. Database security is therefore critical. In this article, we look at how a privileged access management (PAM) solution can improve your existing database security.
Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are used to remotely control and monitor a variety of industrial enterprises like manufacturing, electricity, water, oil, and gas. The systems operate mostly on remote commands that are pushed to physical stations and devices. These systems are crucial in controlling and monitoring operations to ensure ongoing operations and safety for the surrounding community.
The threat of cyber espionage used to primarily be the domain of defense officials and writers of pulp fiction. No more.
Few people want to talk about the nitty-gritty of IT Security productivity, but the reality is that companies are spending ever-increasing amounts on IT security so productivity is a topic that isn’t going away.
Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are critical systems used in industrial enterprises like electricity, water, oil, gas, and data. ICS operate based on centralized supervisory commands that are pushed to remote stations and devices. These field devices control operations, collect data, and monitor the environment.
In Part One of this two-part series on cybersecurity planning, we covered the basics of what you need in your IT security plan. In this second part, we explore the role of Privileged Access Management (PAM) in security planning.
In the world of cybersecurity, Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions are increasingly attractive to companies and organizations. PAM solutions help protect their most sensitive data and systems from cyber threats.
But how do you properly implement these solutions? Our cybersecurity expert outlines 3 critical steps to privileged access management in this exclusive interview.
We are now firmly in the era of agile software methodology and cloud hosting. New incarnations of the agile methodology continue to emerge regularly, promising greater flexibility and economy for the IT department as well as greater strategic agility for the business. But these processes also introduce new risks...
While cyber threats are increasing in today’s digital world, they are more and more often linked to privileged users. Why is that? What can be done about it? We asked these questions to Julien Patriarca, cybersecurity expert and Support and Services Manager at WALLIX.
Industrial entities typically run two parallel sets of information technology systems: Corporate IT and Industrial Control Systems (ICS). Due to the proprietary nature of most ICSs and their unique usage requirements, ICSs tend to have quite different security capabilities from their corporate IT brethren.
Organizations are increasingly outsourcing the maintenance of applications to third parties. Providers of this type of service range from global giants like IBM and HPE to smaller, specialized firms as well as cloud service providers. There is much to like about the idea of having someone else maintain your applications. It is often less expensive than having in-house staff handle the workload. Plus, you don’t have to be concerned with retaining (or losing) application skillsets in your IT department.
The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has just issued an updated version of its proposed Cybersecurity Requirements For Financial Services Companies, known as 23 NYCRR 500. Though these rules may yet still be modified before they become official at the end of January, the consensus is that this most recent draft is essentially final.
In cloud computing, you need a bastion (aka a jumpbox) to provide secure access to your users and outside applications. The bastion is a specialized server that has been hardened against outside attacks and that serves as a gateway for your users.
Password vaults are an important part of locking down your privileged accounts. However, they are not sufficient for ensuring either the security or the auditability of those privileged accounts. While password vaults prevent direct root access to your devices, applications, and systems… password vaults by themselves do not provide visibility nor control over privileged user actions. This requires robust session management.
When discussing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), two main issues are often raised: the benefits it brings to individuals, or the financial and organisational consequences it has on companies. However, its representing a real key asset for European firms is often omitted.
Embedding the WALLIX Privileged Access Management Solution with Service Providers offerings helps them to create added value and protect them from disaster!
Privileged Session Management: What is it?
Privileged session management allows security administrators to monitor, control, and audit work sessions of privileged users. The session manager provides proxy-access to all critical resources and therefore prevents direct access to those resources. A session manager is central to privileged access management (PAM) and is generally integrated with an access manager and a password manager.
23 NYCRR 500 is coming soon. As in, January 1, 2017. So, get ready.
Gartner, the famous information technology research and advisory company, recently published its 2016 Market Guide that delivers a neutral perspective of the Privileged Access Market. Like everyone, we always look forward to reading what the analysts have to say about the PAM market.
For Industrial Control Systems, often described as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), availability and safety are the two top priorities. However, security has now become a major issue and therefore must not be ignored.
Privileged Access Management (PAM) refers to a set of technologies designed to mitigate the inherent risks associated with the privileged user accounts of administrators and super-users. By providing full control and visibility of the sensitive, daily tasks of such personnel, an effective PAM solution can greatly reduce the risk of attack, while helping to ensure compliance with the relevant regulatory standards.
It seems the bigger the brand, the bigger the challenge for external threats to win brownie points amongst their peers. External threats are taking up the challenge to break through the perimeter and target highly prized privileged accounts that often exist on networks in unprotected Word or Excel documents. With access to these accounts a compromise becomes that much easier.
The number of security breaches attributed to third parties continues to rise – the IRS was hit by a wave of attacks last year and let’s not forget the infamous Target breach of 2013 that saw 40 million debit and credit card details leaked - yet a PwC Global State of Information Security Survey found that 74% of companies do not even have a complete inventory of all third parties that handle personal data of their employees and customers, are completely unaware that they’re over-sharing data and often don’t even know who officially “owns” the third party relationship.
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) Data Breach report has recently been published. The ITRC have been tracking security breaches in the United States since 2005, looking for patterns, new trends and any information that help the wider community to educate consumers and businesses on the need for understanding the value of protecting personal identifying information.
Wallix are again finalists in the Computing Security Awards nominated in the category of Identity and Access Management Solution of the Year and also our AdminBastion Suite has been nominated for Editor’s choice.
Despite global IT security spending peaking in 2016 at $81billion which represents a 7.9 percent increase on 2015, local government organisations in the UK have seen a 14 percent increase in the number of reported data breaches. Local government was second only to the UK health sector when measured by the total number of reported data breaches.
With an ever evolving regulatory landscape and with increasingly smart technology at our fingertips, it’s probably time we paused to examine the way we’re doing business. Just because it’s been done a certain way for years, it doesn't mean that’s still the right way. Businesses need to start seeing the bigger picture rather than forever playing catch-up, as so many are guilty of thus far. Breaking the cycle means analysing the threats that businesses can anticipate both now and in the coming months and years, and determining the smartest solution for them.
It’s time for change, and real progress. This article examines how and why it’s coming, whether you like it or not, and how to make it work for your business.
This week has seen yet another high profile business based in the UK breached, possibly by an insider threat. This time, it’s a trusted business-to-business software provider Sage Group PLC, which provides business management software for accounting and payroll services to companies in 23 countries.
There’s no doubt that awareness of information security in corporations has dramatically improved in recent years. Stories of breaches, both internal and external, have filled the media. Where the CEO has been forced to face the music on the evening news, where most people now understand the value of data and the risk of it falling into the wrong hands.
Certain events are so overwhelming that only a touch of humor can keep us from going mad. BREXIT, Britain’s exit from the European Union, is one of them. This decision is likely to have a serious impact on IT security, especially Privileged Access Management (PAM).
"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Are the ICO and health service taking data breaches seriously?
Well, frankly, no. And here's why.
This third installment of our “PAM for Dummies” series addresses one of the most important security issues you’ve never heard of: the connection between privileged access management (PAM) and identity access management (IAM).
We all take it for granted that when we need them, the Police will help "protect and serve" its citizens. But sometimes, only sometimes, they protect and serve themselves with unauthorised insider information about the citizens they are paid to help.
The Book of Ecclesiastes reads, “Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That's the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.” (10:10) And it may as well work for information security as InfoSec seems to have many areas of practice where we’re busy cutting down trees with dull axes.
Is that an iPhone in your pocket or are you just happy to be reading about the security consequences of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies?
Welcome to the second installment of our “PAM for Dummies” blog series.
Now that the dust has settled and we have a chance to breathe again after what was a tremendously busy event for WALLIX, we can take a step back and review some of the really exciting engagements we had with companies from across Europe with a primary interest in Privileged Access Management.
The first in our PAM for Dummies series, this article offers a business-oriented definition of Privileged Access Management (PAM), an important technology for security and compliance, and how to implement it for robust cybersecurity in your organization.
‘Governance, risk and compliance’. Three words that are the stuff of nightmares for senior managers. Not because they have done anything wrong, but because the breadth and scope of this area continues to grow exponentially.
In our daily lives, we all commit our souls signing a contract of employment. Whether an employee or a contractor, similar rules apply when it comes to respecting company data and the associated data policies.
A few weeks ago, Google’s employee details were leaked by a third party company. Although this was an innocent error, it’s worth considering how much worse it could so easily have been?
Privileged Access Management (PAM) can only work when it is consistently and ubiquitously in use. If system administrators either can’t or won’t use a PAM solution, security risks multiply. So do costs. When it comes to PAM, the best privileged access management is the one that gets consistently used.
Cybersecurity in the headlines. Again…
Many organisations are upgrading their firewalls to stop APTs but this only offers protection from external attacks and internal traffic routed through the trusted zones.
As an IT Security Manager, the breath of this central role is broad and continually changing.
Being head of IT Operations in a mid-sized or big enterprise is becoming a more and more demanding challenge.
Ransom notes aren’t written with cut out newspaper letters anymore, but in computer code.
Well, the 5th to be precise, but here’s why you should be panicking…
It feels like every week there are fresh headlines about hackers bringing organisations to their knees, and such stories always seem to be front-page news. In 2002, following a wave of high profile financial scandals driven by fraudulent accounting practices involving major US corporations including Enron, the heat was such that the government introduced the Sarbanes Oxley Act, or the SOX Act, in an attempt to restore investor confidence. Cyber-attacks have forced us to change the way we do business, and organisations must now take greater responsibility for cyber security and report cyber breaches. This is both an important and positive step because it enables government agencies to strengthen security and allows individuals to mitigate harm, but it’s only a good thing for your business if you’re prepared…
What is Privileged Access Management?
The key is to understand the significance of the word “Privileged.”
A privileged user is someone who has administrative access to critical systems. For instance, the individual who can set up and delete email accounts on a Microsoft Exchange Server is a privileged user. The word is not accidental. Like any privilege, it should only be extended to trusted people. Only those seen as responsible can be trusted with “root” privileges like the ability to change system configurations, install software, change user accounts or access secure data. Of course, from a security perspective, it never makes sense to unconditionally trust anyone. That’s why even trusted access needs to be controlled and monitored. And, of course, privileges can be revoked at any time.
Getting smarter about information security
Cyber attacks are fast becoming one of the greatest risks of doing business and your chances of being exposed to one are ever growing.
Are you prepared for a cyber attack?
…you’ll need to be prepared. And the alarming fact is that when it comes to cyber attacks, most companies aren’t.
It can be daunting to manage security for privileged accounts. You demand system security while administrators go about their work of changing configurations, installing software, changing user accounts and so forth.
Here at Wallix, sometimes we like to look back at what were hot topics and see what has changed or even improved. Just over a year ago, we looked at how insider’s passwords were available for as little as $150.
When Intelligence Contractor employed as a computer analyst, Edward Snowden turned whistle-blower the question was which business or public sector organisation is next. Of those that we have heard about, all seem to be eclipsed by Panama based legal firm Mossack Fonseca.
Compliance dictates we need to log everything within scope, we must then review the reports of the logs. Can we really be trusted to look at all of these reports, and if so can we really get anything constructive out of them?
The scale, frequency and magnitude of cyber-crime is truly alarming and getting worse. Recent highly publicised attacks have served to push the issue much further up the management agenda to the extent that only the foolhardy would now argue that cyber-security is not a board level issue.
Privileged users can change system configurations, install software, create or modify other user accounts and access secure data.
CeBIT devoted a great deal to IT security and internal threat management
The CeBIT 2016 rebranded itself as “innovation fair”, but it is no surprise that IT security and human behaviour in the digital world have been major concerns at the former computer trade show. IT security interests have escalated in the past few years and numerous astonishing security breach examples have surfaced.
Protecting private and sensitive data information
Today, are there established ways to protect private and sensitive data information within operating systems or IT hosting services?
It's not often that we use our own blog to blow our own trumpet, but when an internationally renowned magazine - which bills itself as ‘the leading source of specialist information and intelligence' for cyber security professionals worldwide – describes our Wallix AdminBastion (WAB) Suite as representing ‘a new design for an old problem of privileged account access’ and recommends it as a ‘best buy’. Well, we couldn’t resist it!
The public cloud provider business scarcely existed a decade ago. Now, this type of company is at the forefront of a revolution in IT. It’s a varied industry and one that is still evolving dramatically.
Privileged Access Management (PAM) is usually discussed in the contexts of IT or information security. This makes sense. Precise, auditable management of information systems access is an inherently technical matter.
The GDPR shows that states in the EU are aware of the risk in the cyber world. Protection of private data and personal information are highly important European values and policy-wise organisations have to get ready for new standards.
A side effect of digital integration is the growing use of external service providers. The process seems natural, because today’s IT tasks are so complex that organisations work more efficient by outsourcing certain tasks.
Andrew Tyrie, the MP who chairs the parliamentary treasury select committee is demanding action on the state of banks’ IT systems, firstly calling for regulators to improve both security and resilience following a string of system failures.
There is no doubt that one of the main driving forces contributing to the positive outlook for companies in the UK is the way in which technology has been changing both consumer and commercial activity beyond recognition.
A survey of chief information officers at Fortune 1000 companies by security and information management firm Nuix has found that whilst insider threat programs inside organisations are becoming increasingly important in combatting today’s cyber threats, this issue may not yet have the attention it deserves.
According to new research from network security vendor Palo Alto, one in five working in the finance and insurance sector admitted to ignoring cybersecurity policies.
Kid’s electronic toy company VTech is now at the centre of a storm over a breach of its user database, which worryingly included the details of 3 million child profiles.
We live in a world where the technology we use every single day is engineered to be usable. Our smartphones, set top boxes and social media websites have invested a great deal in user experience.
We recently did some research into the attitudes of the IT departments to cyber-insurance. Some of our key findings are in this infographic. You can download the full report from here.
It’s almost the end of the year. It’s a time when everyone wants us to get out our crystal ball and accurately predict what’s going to happen in the next twelve months.
In the wake of the Talk Talk hack we heard all kinds of speculation about the motives of these attackers, the methods they might have used and their ultimate goals.
Managing privileged access is seen as one of the best ways to begin to address the insider threat. But who are these privileged users? And how can you secure them. Chris Pace, Head of Product Marketing for Wallix explains.
In July support for Windows Server 2003 came to an end. Softchoice, a company based in Toronto analyzed nearly 90,000 servers at more than 200 organizations discovering that outdated technology is widespread across data centers.
The humble password gets a hard time these days. It seems to be responsible for every hack, data breach or act of cyber espionage that we see reported.
Last week I blogged on the challenges facing IT pros whose companies are investing in cyber insurance, you can read it here.
In a report released this week insurance giant Allianz said increasing awareness of exposures and regulatory change would lead to “rapid growth” in cyber insurance.
This week former Morgan Stanley financial advisor Galen Marsh admitted stealing data from the banking giant. He downloaded a total of 730,000 records to his personal computer from 2011 - 2014.
We’re delighted to be nominated in The Computing Security Awards 2015. The awards were set up to recognise the solutions and solution providers which are helping to keep organisations secure. The shortlist of finalists has been compiled following a process of online nominations.
Compliance says that we need to log everything within scope, we must then review the reports of the logs. Can we really be trusted to look at all of these reports, and if so can we really get anything constructive out of them?
A man was jailed for 18 months at the end of August for hacking into 900 phones belonging to insurance company Aviva.
In June, the United States Office of Personal Management (OPM) announced that it was the target of a hack. It was originally estimated that 4 million individuals were affected, in July that estimate was revised upwards to 21.5 million.
For the information security professional a data breach is the worst case scenario but must also be considered an occupational hazard.
An IT security professional recently asked me this question. As I began to research opinions and marketing messages it became more clear to me that many in the IT security industry are keen for us to separate the risks posed by a malicious outsider from the exposure created by privileged accounts on the inside of an organization.
Well it was that time of year again, except it wasn’t, as Infosec moved from its traditional home at Earls Court to Olympia at the start of June instead of April. The exhibition floor itself had a different feel about it too with that big glass ceiling pouring in natural light.
This week I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the IT Security Guru’s annual Analyst and CISO Forum here in London. A gathering of the great and the good from the analyst community and some cutting edge vendors were part of what proved to be a fascinating roundtable with 10 of the UKs top CISOs.
When it comes to media coverage of IT security issues there is occasionally a tendency to over-state the risk. Headline writers take there opportunity to exploit (pardon the pun!) our lack of technical expertise to paint scenarios of impending doom.
Today more than two thirds of all payment transactions will use a card, meaning around $20 trillion in purchases will be on plastic by the end of 2015. This makes security an increasing priority for any business that handles card payments and data.
Last week the chief of Lloyds of London claimed that his business had seen a 50% increase in demand for cyber insurance products in the first quarter of 2015. The UK government working in partnership with insurance broker Marsh in Marsh has highlighted that around 98% of large UK companies have no form of insurance against a data breach or cyber-attack.
What do you think poses the biggest insider risk in your business? There’s no doubt that the Snowden case has highlighted the danger posed, particularly by those users with elevated privileges and access to sensitive and valuable data.
Here in London the TimeOut magazine is a must read (they also have an awesome blog). One of my favourite weekly features is the hilarious and regularly cringe-worthy: “Overheard in London” #wordonthestreet.
The technology being used in today’s businesses is more powerful than ever. These tools and systems are helping to increase productivity and drive digital transformation. But this increased visibility of IT and its key part in business now sees it under greater scrutiny, especially when it comes to trusting those with access to this now critical infrastructure.
How often do you need to allow one of your external service providers to access one of your critical resources or temporarily increase the privileges of someone in your IT team?
Cloud computing offers huge advantages of flexibility, value and speed when adopted in businesses. But for highly regulated and security conscious financial institutions there are clearly potential issues.
Recent times are littered with examples of businesses who failed to recognise the changing demands of their consumers and paid a heavy price.
Security information and event management (SIEM) solutions have become a key weapon in the arsenal to combat threats to your IT security. SIEM tools work by collecting and analysing data from specific systems and across your network.
Chad Fulgham is a man who knows a bit about IT. The former Wall Street exec was CIO of the FBI and is now a strategist at IT management vendor Tanium.
If you ever needed convincing that investing in educating your users about data security was worthwhile take a look at this research from Identity Access Management vendor SailPoint. In a survey of a 1000 people, 1 in 7 said they would reveal their password for as little as $150.
In this post-Snowden era, we all know that insider threats are becoming a major concern for businesses globally.
Employees are probably the greatest risk facing a business in the modern era, sometimes out of malice, often due to carelessness but always because they have access to information that might be valuable outside your organisation.
There’s no doubt that awareness of information security in corporations has dramatically improved in recent years. Stories of breaches and hacks have filled the mainstream press in a new digital age where most people understand the value of data and the risk of it falling into the wrong hands. Here are some points to consider when developing your security awareness strategy. The end goal here is to create a culture of security that moves beyond regulations and policies to educate and inspire your people to care about protecting what matters to your business.
It’s all those privileged accounts being shared around.
A friend of ours over at @experts_911 found this old post. It tells the story of how a couple of IT admins had to turn detective and figure out who had altered a Windows Group Policy which was denying access to the internet for everyone in their business.
The old adage is that knowledge is power, and this might be true. But data is not knowledge. There is no question that if you take the time to process data, absorb it and even visualise it then over time it really will become powerful. But is that what you need in your organisation today?
Am I the only person who thinks the coolest part of most action films is when the guy with just a laptop plants a virus in the most secure network in the history of networks bringing the western world to its knees?!
Businesses recognise that investment in IT infrastructure is vital, but aren't prepared to put money towards innovation. Research firm Deloitte are reporting that almost half of the CIOs they surveyed for a recent report are spending only around 10% of budgets on new technologies.
In the immortal words of Jack Bauer, "events occur in real time". If the longest day of your life is the one immediately following a data breach in your organisation it’s unlikely that Jack will turn up to be the hero.
The Computing Security Awards were held in London on 9th October 2014, Wallix was delighted to win New Product of the Year for WAB On Demand.