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One byte at a time. Now before you roll your eyes at my stupid pun, consider the deeper wisdom to this IT twist on an very old adage. Security is big. It encompasses a great many definitions, confronts a great many issues and is addressed through a great many solutions using a great many formats. For many organizations, it can be an overwhelming proposition. Beyond the issues of data defense, regulatory compliance, traffic management, identity regulation, archiving, reporting, access control, intrusion detection, encryption, app administration, help desk assistance, there is the job the IT pro was hired to do…ensure the smooth technical operation of their organization. Securing the disappearing network perimeter and beyond has become more than a full-time job in itself. This is a Gordian Knot conundrum for smaller enterprises and SMBs. In many cases, they are under... (more)

Erasing the Identity Blind Spot

Security is not an all-or-nothing proposition. And that’s part of the problem. It creates blind spots; gaps in vulnerability. Partly because of the inherent complacency that after a company institutes a new security initiative that hackers will be held at bay, or the employees won’t be tempted to make off with a database or a hundred other internal or external threats. I have long promoted that security is as much about planning and process as it is about the various solutions that are deployed to protect networks, data, and other assets. Security is no longer a wall. Stick up ... (more)

Attacks from Within

So much is written about the events outside your perimeter; those nefarious and shadowy individuals and offshore syndicates who are looking to steal technology or personal data or piggyback on your servers to peddle everything from pirated products to pornography, implant botnets or viruses, or simply to create corporate chaos. With all that weighing on our collective IT asset protection strategies, it is easy to miss what a new Carnegie Mellon report is pointing to as one of the fastest growing threats…insider breaches. Even KPMG says this threat has tripled since 2007. They co... (more)

The Challenge of Herding Cats: Your SaaS Portfolio and Security

It’s obvious the rise of SaaS (software-as-a-service) has changed the game. The benefits of subscribing to a cloud-based application service are already well-known and documented: cost-efficiencies, speed, hands-off maintenance, etc… It’s no longer an emerging practice and, for most IT managers, has become an inextricable component of any go-forward IT network strategy. What this means is now there are dozens of new sign-ons per user from a variety of endpoints (including mobile and tablet). And if we are talking enterprise-wide deployments, this is can be as challenging as herdi... (more)

Casting Light on Shadow IT and ID

It's not a new term or concept. You probably recognize that it’s happening within your own organization. Shadow IT is the appropriation and use of IT assets and applications without organizational approval.  And it happens more than you know. Sally the sales rep gets a label template design application, Marco from HR downloads software that manages inbound resumes. Kelsey in marketing signs up for a WordPress page and social media accounts. All too often, employees are not going through corporate channels to get what they need to achieve their goals. And every time they do, the ... (more)