Tag: Identity

What Is Privileged Session Management and Why Is It Important?

PSM
The critical first step in privileged account management (PAM) is to identify, consolidate, and lock down privileged credentials so only authorized users have access to them. However, this is only the first step. To be effective, PAM should include privileged session management as well as credential protection. Privileged session management is a security control involving the monitoring and recording...

Mature Identity Management Processes Equate to Reduced Security Risk

Clango
Identity and access management (IAM) is often approached tactically, as a means of giving users access to resources while minimizing IT operational overhead. The threat mitigation and risk management aspects of IAM are not prioritized, leaving gaps in the organization’s security strategy. Cybersecurity spending, which IDC says will reach $81.7 billion this year, remains heavily weighted toward network security...

The Benefits and Potential Pitfalls of IT Self-Service

Clango
Organizations are increasing their use of self-service tools to streamline help desk operations. Most IT self-service tools focus on the automation of manual processes related to password resets and other common identity management tasks. Given that approximately 80 percent of all help desk calls are related to password resets, self-service reduces the strain on the help desk and the...

Federated Identity Management: More than Single Sign-On

Clango
In a previous post, we discussed how lax password management is putting organizations at risk. A recent Ovum study found that most organizations rely on employee education and self-monitoring to ensure the use of strong passwords. Few organizations have automated tools for password management, creating a burden on employees and help desk personnel. Identity and access management (IAM) technology...

Identity Management Becoming Key to Mobile Security

Clango
Workers today spend more than a third of their time away from their desks, leveraging a mix of mobile devices and applications to access and share information and collaborate with others. While mobile devices give us unprecedented connectivity options, they also create significant security challenges. In a survey of 4,500 business users, the research firm Ovum found that 70...

How to Boost Security by Gaining Greater Control over Passwords

Clango
Most organizations recognize the dangers posed by weak passwords and have implemented policies requiring users to follow password best practices. Enforcing those policies can be a challenge, however. Faced with a mind-boggling number of passwords to remember, users tend to use the same credentials for most or all applications, or simplify passwords to the point that they’re easy to...

Why Incident Response Needs Identity Management

Identity
In our last post, we discussed the importance of incident response in minimizing the cost of a data breach. Costs rise the longer it takes to identify a security event and mitigate the damage. An incident response plan creates a detailed process that speeds detection and resolution. Identification of an incident is not as straightforward as you might think....

Why Identity Management Is Critical in Mergers and Acquisitions

IAM Mergers
Mergers and acquisitions are all about finding synergies that increase efficiency and shareholder value. However, M&A deals are inherently risky, requiring careful examination of a target company’s assets, liabilities, and vulnerabilities. Generally, the focus is on financials, but cybersecurity is playing an increasingly important role. EY recently released the 16th edition of its Global Capital Confidence Barometer, with data...

Employees’ Access Credentials Linger Long after They Leave

Employee Access
Identity and access management (IAM) has become the front line of security. To reduce the risk of data leaks and security incidents, organizations must ensure that only the right individuals have the right level of access to the right resources. IAM plays a particularly critical role in preventing the insider threats that pose the greatest security risk. One of...

Enabling Identity Management for Microservices and Cloud-Native Apps

Clango
Cloud access security brokers (CASBs) enable organizations to extend their internal security policies to cloud-based applications and services. A CASB serves as a sort of gatekeeper, sitting between an organization’s onsite infrastructure and the cloud. It can be deployed as an on-premises software tool or a cloud-based service, and may use proxies or APIs to monitor traffic and enforce...