How to Keep Active Directory Active in a Hybrid IT World

For enterprise IT, “hybrid” is the word of the year. You’re either operating a hybrid infrastructure model already or you’re teetering on the edge. It’s getting easier now that AWS, Microsoft, Google et al are improving their services in support of such a model. At the Amazon AWS re:invent show in November, every other sentence contained the word “hybrid.” This was in stark contrast to last year where Amazon still firmly believed a total migration was the only logical choice. Some of our customers are very aggressive with plans to dissolve all their data centers and migrate everything to IaaS. The…

The Great Gig in the Sky: Secure Hybrid Cloud

Every day I hear from companies concerned and frustrated over a specific challenge — how to stand up workloads in the cloud while maintaining privileged access security (PAS). Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has become the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter whether you’re large or small, in finance, healthcare or government — we all share the same worries when it comes to securing access to, and in, the cloud. I was pondering this the other day while sipping a short, dry cappuccino and listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I had an epiphany. Thanks to Roger Waters & Co, I walked away with…

Handing Over The Keys Without Exposing The Whole Kingdom

Are you nervous about the prospect of handing over superuser account passwords to a 3rd party? Have you already outsourced IT functions and reluctantly handed over the keys? If the answer to either one is “yes” then you’re faced with a potentially risky situation. Of course, you trust your partner. You’ll have performed background checks on individuals, established SLAs and operational best practices that constrain the usage of these privileged accounts. Still, surveys tell us that data breaches by insiders exploiting privileged identities are rampant, so why should we think we’re any safer trusting an external 3rd party where we…