Does Migrating to Office 365 Have to Be So Difficult?

Does migrating to Office 365 have to be so difficult? IT certainly seems to think so. At the Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego earlier this month, analyst Mary Ruddy outlined ten mistakes organizations tend to make when deploying identity and access management (IAM) for Office 365. One snag is how to connect to Azure Active Directory. Azure Active Directory is Microsoft’s cloud-based directory, which is the recommended for connecting into Office 365.   Active Directory is the near-ubiquitous on-premises directory that’s been widely used since Windows Server 2000. She outlined two common use cases for managing identity for Office 365,…

Tequila Sunrise. Or, How to Help Protect Your Servers in the Middle of the Desert

“Bill — you’ve known about this road trip for months now. You signed the paperwork back in January. I’m all packed and planned and hitting the road bright and early tomorrow.” Bill had forgotten all about Theresa’s California to New Mexico road trip and was far from crazy about her driving over 1,000 miles through places where even the telegraph hadn’t made it yet. When any type of security issue happens in IT, she’s the one person he depends on to save the day and arm him to survive the inevitable C-level grilling. After much grumbling and juvenile whiny noises, Bill concedes…

Rage Against the Machine — Are Passwords Driving Us Mad?

It’s said that if you listen very carefully you can hear grown men and women in offices across the country weep as, head in hands, they try desperately to remember their passwords. There’s little doubt that we’re becoming increasingly frustrated with the sheer number of passwords we have to remember every day. According to a Centrify survey last year looking at digital identities, over a quarter of respondents said they enter a password online more than 10 times a day, which is potentially 3,500 to 4,000 times a year. It’s no surprise our frustrations are getting the better of us. IT…

Morris Communications Selects Centrify for Office 365 Federation…and Saves Money on Box.com Licenses

Occasionally, customers figure out novel ways of using Centrify products that we might call “out there.” Take Snowy Hydro. It’s a big Australian utility, spread out over a large, rugged wilderness area that made mobile phone communication a real challenge for them — and communication is important inside critical infrastructures. Snowy Hydro initially evaluated Centrify Identity Service to help them manage their Macs. But during the eval, they realized they could use Identity Service’s MDM capabilities to push and manage a home-grown VoIP app to mobile devices, so they could communicate over their own Wi-Fi network, and no longer be out…

IT Support, Can I Help You? Supporting the Shadow IT

I was talking with a customer the other day and we were discussing the growing problem of “Shadow IT,” where departments sign up for their own cloud services and operate their own IT services. He said at his company, they were actually getting employee support calls for cloud services that IT didn’t know about. I can imagine the support call went like this: IT Support: “IT support, can I help you?” Ben: “Hi this is Ben in sales, I’m having trouble logging on to the MonkeyBrains Collaborative web site with my username and password. Can you fix it for me?” IT Support: “I’m sorry Ben,…

Watch Admin Activity in Real-Time with Centrify Privilege Service

Ever needed a second pair of eyes on a change to a critical server — as it’s happening? Ever needed to see exactly what’s happening with maintenance activity — with the ability to kill the session if you don’t like what you’re seeing? If so, then the new “Watch & Terminate” feature in Privilege Service 15.7 is for you.  This feature allows administrative users to watch other users’ remote sessions in real-time with full fidelity, and terminate (kill) the other user’s session if necessary.  This enables a new level of oversight for user activity on critical resources.  New permissions have been added…

Google’s “BeyondCorp” Initiative is Right on Track

Google has made big news of late with their “BeyondCorp” initiative — in which they are moving all corporate applications out to the Internet. This is a great case of Google putting their money where their mouth is — after all, if their applications are secure enough for the rest of us, they definitely should be secure enough for Google’s internal use as well! Little and big Google is certainly a giant, and the steps of giants often make the most noise. But in this case they aren’t so different from the smallest, nimblest modern companies. In fact, any small…