I don’t know about you at the tail end of the Summer of 2016, but I am really missing the daily breakfast review of the performances at the Olympics this week; and sitting down early evening engrossed in sports I have not seen in exactly four years. In my own head I’m nodding along at the scoring system in Taekwondo, being my own annoyed pundit half a second before the TV sports commentator say something blindingly obvious “Ohh, she should not have done that, the judges will mark her down.”
At the official start of summertime 2016 in Britain we are starting to consume the labor of last autumn, five gallons of alcoholic homemade cider (yum!) made from eight apple varieties grown in mine and my neighbors’ gardens. I’m very VERY careful sterilizing glassware, containers, and buckets: there was this unfortunate incident three years ago (no, you don’t want to hear the horrible details), enough to say I watch each step like a hawk to ensure a batch does not become tainted.
Why am I bothering you with my alcoholic side-line?
The Growing Linux Wave: POINTS TO DEMAND FOR IDENTITY AND ACCESS MANAGEMENT SOLITIONS
According to a Linux Foundation’s end-user trends report, Linux leads the way in enterprise deployments. Fox Technologies conducted a survey to find out how enterprises currently manage their Linux servers and their plans in the next year. The results point to an increasing demand for identity and access management (IAM) solutions.
Unix & Linux Control
Controlling what someone can do once they have accessed a Unix or Linux server within your environment is a goal for every systems administrator and security analyst to set their sights on.
System admins have a purpose to allowing other users of the system only limited access; users mess things up, and that know that. It could be anything from a noob (or novice administrator) who oversteps their knowledge, or it could be an application developer running a script with root privileges that does something like ‘rm -rf */*’. No sys admin wants to have to explain how that happened, or clean up the mess. Continue reading
Identity Access Management (IAM)
I just read a recent article about IAM (Identity Access Management) projects, and the level of complication that can ensue when trying to plan and implement a project of the scale and scope that a comprehensive IAM project entails.
The theme of the article is that AD (Active Directory), in many enterprises, is the identity store of choice; the idea being that if you could align your enterprise to use a single account, there is an economy of scale, reducing the number of places where access and permissions would need to be managed. Continue reading
2015 has been the year where social engineering became the common trend among many high-profile breaches – resulting in hundreds of millions of compromised records. Going into 2016, Wired Magazine is predicting the top 5 security threats to be: extortion hacks, attacks that change or manipulate data, chip-and-pin innovations, the rise of the IoT zombie botnet, and more backdoors.
What do you think the biggest security threats of 2016 will be?
THIS YEAR, LAWMAKERS surprised us by taking initial steps—albeit, baby ones—to rein in some of the NSA’s mass spying and provide better oversight of the intelligence agency’s activities. It’s unclear, however, if these gains and other privacy victories will hold or will be undone in the panic after the Paris attacks.
Following the terrorist assault in November, which killed more than 100 people, US government officials seized the opportunity to revive their campaign against encryption and password-protected devices, calling on companies like Apple and Google to install “voluntary backdoors” in their phones so law enforcement can access protected content with, or perhaps even without, a warrant. Lawmakers have also introduced legislation that would reinstate the NSA’s program for bulk-collecting US phone records, a program that lawmakers ended earlier this year.
When it comes to voting, there are basically two arguments: a civic one, which states that voting is the moral duty of every able citizen in a democracy, and an economic one, which states that voting is a fruitless endeavor in a game with terrible odds. Perhaps the economists had the right of it. A massive database with 191 million voter records has made its way online, and the strangest part is, no one can quite figure out who put it there or when it will be taken down.
Preventing healthcare data breaches is a common goal for covered entities of all sizes. It can be easy to let the importance of administrative safeguards fall behind other areas, such as concerns over hacking and stolen devices, but organizations need to keep this aspect a key part of their larger data security plan.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, administrative safeguards are “administrative actions, and policies and procedures, to manage the selection, development, implementation, and maintenance of security measures to protect electronic protected health information and to manage the conduct of the covered entity’s workforce in relation to the protection of that information.”
The year’s most significant attacks highlight how hackers are changing tactics — and how security must evolve in the year ahead.
Not a week went by in 2015 without a major data breach, significant attack campaign, or serious vulnerability report. Many of the incidents were the result of disabled security controls, implementation errors, or other basic security mistakes, highlighting how far organizations have to go in nailing down IT security basics.