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One of the key drivers to IT security investment is compliance. Several industries are bound by various mandates that require certain transparencies and security features. They are designed to mitigate aspects of risk including maintaining the sacrosanctity of customer information, financial data and other proprietary information. One such affected vertical is retail. No matter if you’re Wal-Mart or Nana’s Knitted Kittens, if you store customer information; if you process payments using customer’s credit cards, you are required by law to comply with a variety of security standards. Although there are several auditing agencies and mandating bodies, today we will concentrate on the one compliance agency that is typically applicable to every retailer-PCI. PCI (Payment Card Industry) enforces Data Security Standards that looks to ensure that ALL companies that process, ... (more)

It’s a Wonderful Cloud-a Security Carol

Happy holidays to all of you and may the season keep your perimeters protected, your assets secure and your networks free of nasty little elves! Twas the night before Christmas and all through the net No access was stirring; No hackers as yet. Murphy in sales was showing his app Tweeting and downloading with only a tap I grumble and moan ‘cause I know it to be. That his iPhone and iPad was BYOD Then out on the site there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the help desk to see what was the matter. Without my UniSec dashboard, I would not know If the network alert meant friend or meant fo... (more)

Mirror Mirror: Difference Between Identity Management & Access Management

One of the biggest misconceptions in cloud security is the perception that identity management (IDaaS) and access management (SSO) are the same thing. They’re not. And it took a viewing of the famous Star Trek episode called Mirror Mirror for me to best illustrate and articulate the difference between the creation and management of a user account and credentialed rights and the funneled applications that entity is allowed to see. For those unfamiliar with the episode, it’s the one where Kirk is transported into an alternate universe and meets evil Spock (the one with the beard)..... (more)

Rethinking IT: Using the Cloud as Change Catalyst

There are a lot of experts and process gurus who are more qualified than I to tell you how to manage change.  They will offer a great deal of high level advice such as “define the vision,” “create a change proposition,” “promote staff input to shape the solution.” And these are very wise nuggets of advice. And we (in IT) are at a crossroads for change. The landscape of the role, the challenges of the responsibilities, the tools of the trade are all evolving. Much of the change revolves around the migration to cloud-based solutions. For going on a dozen years, SaaS applications ... (more)

Is Your Security Initiative “One Inch into a Mile”?

In the software universe we’ve all heard the saying “We are One Inch into a Mile of Functionality but we are paying for the entire mile.” That pretty much sums up every technology initiative ever embarked upon. Whether we are talking, ERP, CRM, SIEM or a variety of other alphabet soup programs, it always looks so simple in the demo, but when rubber meets the road, there’s always some gremlin preventing or delaying full realization of the benefits or expected ROI. Now I am not looking down my nose at any particular implementation of any particular product, but I read a Forrester s... (more)