Do You Have a Secret Spreadsheet of Passwords?

I was talking to a Centrify customer the other day. They are happily deployed with our Server Suite solution. “So what new products do you have at Centrify?” He asked. “We have our new Centrify Privilege Service. It allows you to securely share privileged account passwords in your enterprise. It functions as a vault for your passwords. I asked him: “What are you using now for that?” I could hear the phone rustle, it sounded like he was putting his head under his desk with the handset to his ear. “A spreadsheet,” he whispered. “HA! I knew it,” I told…

Plan to Secure Your Big Data Implementation and Meet Federal Compliance Mandates

For years Centrify has been deployed to help secure access to Hadoop clusters, and my team has helped to configure and deploy Centrify and Kerberos within many of them. Initially our involvement often started as clusters moved from pilot to production. Our sense is that someone in IT asked the questions: “How are we going to secure access?” “How are we going to provision and de-provision?” “How does this fit within our security mandates?” Centrify is called in to address these concerns. In most cases it would have been better if we’d been involved earlier, so as to better understand implementation…

Happy World Password Day! Let’s Make this the Last One Ever

We used to celebrate world password day to remind us to update our passwords, to better protect our identities. An admirable goal to be sure, brought to us by our friends at Intel. Reminds me of some other admirable holidays brought to us by corporations (I’m looking at you Hallmark!). Like other holidays we are likely to feel guilty about forgetting, maybe every day should be password day. And Valentine’s Day. And Mother’s Day. And Father’s Day. And… Arbor Day? Seriously though, every day we need to remember that all that stands between us, and headline-level breaches are passwords. With…