The Biggest Privileged Account Management (PAM) Challenges that Organizations Face

The Biggest Privileged Account Management (PAM) Challenges that Organizations Face

Privileged account management is a key part of an organizations overall security. These accounts need to access sensitive data and systems, which means that they present significant vulnerabilities that insider threats or outside attackers can take advantage of. There are many challenges involved in managing privileged accounts, simply because there is so much more at stake than regular user accounts. There is a complex balance between security and ease of access, with organizations needing to implement adequate infrastructure and a [...]

Is Your IT Security a Roadblock For Your Employees?

Is Your IT Security a Roadblock For Your Employees?

Many employees feel like they are facing roadblocks in their workplace; barriers created by the increasingly stringent security methods required to protect today’s organizations from a wide range of digital threats. And what happens when we meet a roadblock? We try to go around it - we seek an alternative route, a quicker and more effective way to reach our destination. This is the challenge that many organizations face today: that the same barriers we rely on to protect our organizations [...]

Beyond Passwords: Discovering Multi-Factor Authentication

For the average user, keeping her data private and safe is a priority. The same task is even more important for firms that need to keep their assets protected in order to be able to operate smoothly, as well as to maintain their reputation and competitive advantage. Multi-Factor Authentication comes to the rescue The simplest and most popular line of defense is a standard password-based authentication. Surprisingly, even today, many corporate security systems rely entirely on “secret” passwords. This approach has [...]

PAM

Demystifying Acronyms for PAM

PAM stands for Privileged Access Management (Access is often interchanged with Account). The area is also identified as PUM or PIM (User or Identity). There are various acronyms that have been published over the years by various research firms like Gartner and in this article we will go about explaining what they all mean. I would strongly suggest reading Gartner's Market Guide for Privileged Access Management for 2015 by Felix and Anmol. Its a very well written, researched and [...]

Has your email been hacked? Here’s what to do next

Has your email been hacked? Here’s what to do next!

We’ve all received them: the slightly suspicious looking emails, purportedly from a close friend or family member, which encourage us to click on a strange link inside. These emails, somewhat irritating and often poorly spelled, are the symptom of a much larger problem: hackers are getting more and more adept at gaining access to our email accounts. If your friends and colleagues are getting these emails from your account, then you have been hacked. Someone, somewhere in the world, has [...]

How can a small business password protect itself?

How can a small business password protect itself?

It should come as no surprise that businesses handling any amount of customer data are frequent targets of hack attempts. Hackers may be after credit cards, personal identities, or sensitive company data. The hackers after this information are not typically like you see in Hollywood movies either. They aren’t sitting in front of large Matrix-like terminal screens, watching ASCII characters scroll down the screen. The methods they use are relatively simple and easily obtainable, from brute-force dictionary attacks, to [...]

How do passwords work?

How Do Passwords Work?

If you've been using the internet for any length of time, you've probably accessed tens or even hundreds of websites that require a password. In most places online, a login and password is almost mandatory, regardless of whether you want to post in a forum or buy an item. Some sites even require you to create a username and password just to read their content. But what is going on when you create a password – and how does this [...]

Stop The Hack

Stop the Hack, Don’t Just Find out about it

Businesses that need to protect sensitive data may have methods for discovering hack attempts, but in many cases, they are frequently too late. Finding out about hack attempts isn’t good enough, especially if any of the hacks were successful. Relying on “intrusion detection” to prevent hack attempts means that you’re only detecting the hackers once they’ve actually gotten into your network system. The key is being able to stop hack attempts dead in their tracks, before they’ve gotten inside. Keep [...]

6 Tips for Securing Your WordPress Website Today

6 Tips for Securing Your WordPress Website Today

WordPress is a powerful, easy to use, content management system used by millions of business to create almost any website you can dream up. The developer-friendly nature of the system makes it ideal for a website for anything from a one-man start-up to a large multi-national, and the simple layout and menus in the CMS make it easy for non-technical staff to update and use. Unfortunately, the popularity and usability of the platform is also one of its biggest weaknesses. Hackers [...]