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Centrify’s industry experts discuss the biggest issues and hottest topics around the convergence of identity and compliance for data center, cloud and mobile users and applications across devices.


By , May 15, 2017

Effective cyber risk management starts with the C-suite and belongs in the boardroom Wow, this last Friday and over the weekend we have heard about the massive cyber attack infecting thousands of organizations with ransomware in over 75 countries. In Britain, dozens of hospitals and National Health Service providers were crippled. While the ransomware was only demanding $300 worth of bitcoin the impact of the attack saw thousands of appointments canceled, phone lines down and patients turned away. Today, a brand new Ponemon study, sponsored by Centrify, was released and examines the impact of data breaches on reputation and share…

By , May 9, 2017

Another year has gone by and the words from the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) still ring true: “We’re not mad, just disappointed.” The 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) paints a déjà vu portrait of data breaches where 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords. You have to hand it to cyber criminals, they are no hacks (pun intended). Much like the flow of water, they find the path of least resistance to their target and today that path is clearly straight through your users and their self-managed “simple factor” passwords. Look at…

By , May 8, 2017

I’ve seen quite a few articles lately on why there aren’t more women in cybersecurity. It’s a good question, but I think to answer that, we have to look at tech in general. First, let’s step back and acknowledge the progress that has been made. Today’s average tech company looks nothing like it did in the 1980s when I was earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science and then later a master’s degree in business. At that time, women working in any roles in technology were a minority. Today, that’s improved in a number of areas within tech including marketing,…

By , May 4, 2017

Yesterday, Google users were targeted by a spear phishing campaign that some cybersecurity researchers believe to be one of the fastest-spreading attacks of its kind in history. This attack was highly effective, as the phishing emails were harder to spot since they were from familiar senders. Most users were likely easily fooled into trusting a message from a known contact, which made this scam easy to spread and propagate quickly. While the hole was quickly patched by Google, it is always prudent to check the URL of a link before clicking on it to verify it is spelled correctly and…

By , May 4, 2017

It’s a year until the biggest shakeup to Europe’s privacy laws in nearly a generation takes effect. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will bring sweeping new rules into force, including new consumer rights over how personal data is used, and mandatory 72-hour data breach notifications. Yet there’s still confusion over which companies and what types of data are covered by the law. With firms currently complying with less than 40% of GDPR principles on average, time is running out. That’s why Centrify is running a new monthly blog series designed to raise awareness about the GDPR, as the clock…

By , April 27, 2017

Summary The 2017 DBIR is an essential read for organizational leaders, cybersecurity practitioners and security industry professionals. The report provides clear information that helps cyber security practitioners and executives devise strategy, and implement tactical responses to the cyber battlefield of today. In this year’s 10th publication of Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Report, data from nearly 2,000 confirmed breaches were submitted by IT professionals and analyzed by Verizon security experts. In the report, 88% (up from last year’s 83%)  of incidents fall into same industry categories that were first identified in the 2014 report. These attacks are further categorized into key…

By , April 12, 2017

Since 2013, breaches have compromised nearly six billion records—that’s an average of almost four million records every day and over 162,000 records every hour! It’s time to face the facts. Today’s security is no longer secure. Enterprise networks have expanded beyond traditional perimeters to include more devices, apps (on-premises and in the cloud) and people. In the absence of these boundaries, the identities that make up modern enterprises are easier to compromise than ever before, and hackers are targeting these identities at an alarming rate. In fact, Forrester estimates 80% of security breaches involve privileged credentials. Traditional security approaches, like passwords…

By , April 6, 2017

Zero Day Initiative, a security research program that offers rewards for successful hacks, reported that on last day of their recent “PWN2OWN 2017” competition, a team of contestants pulled off an unique and challenging feat: they compromised a virtual machine and managed to “escape” to the host system running the virtualization software.  The hack involved three distinct and challenging tasks: Compromising Microsoft’s Edge Browser Compromising the Guest Operating System (running Windows 10) Compromising the VMware Workstation virtualization software And this was all accomplished through a controlled website. Although this may not be the first time each individual layer was compromised, this…

By , March 14, 2017

During the peak of the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle, two groups of hackers accessed the Democratic National Convention servers. The leak made public emails detailing the DNC’s interactions with the media, both primary candidates’ campaigns and campaign contributions, and personal information about DNC donors, including credit card and Social Security numbers. This historical breach will forever be known for its impact on the 2016 Presidential election. Recently, we’ve seen the frequency of breaches like the DNC attack skyrocket—and no organization is safe. Over the past two years, sixty-six percent of organizations report experiencing five or more breaches, according to…