Implementing Modern Approaches to Database Authentication and Authorization

The most common question I hear about Database Accounts is, “Can your solution vault Database Service and other Privileged Database Accounts?” Every time I hear this question, a voice in the back of my head wants to ask, “Have you implemented modern approaches to Database Authentication and Authorization Management?” See the real problem is the majority of Databases and the hosted Database Instances still have legacy Database Authentication and Authorization methodologies applied to them, so we are trying to apply a band-aid to the issue by reaching into the databases and vault the DB local accounts. THREE DATABASE APPROACHES Let’s…

How to Authenticate Users Into Apps Using AWS Application Load Balancer and Centrify

At Centrify, an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner, we frequently work with developers building applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS). While many aspects of app development and deployment on AWS have been streamlined, authentication of end-users into apps remains challenging. A traditional approach is to implement your own identity repository using a relational database or directory server. You are responsible for securing and storing user identities, implementing identity lifecycle management functions to create new users, implementing password policies, and recovering lost passwords. Another option is to use Amazon Cognito, which enables you to add code to your application to authenticate users either…

Centrify Zero Trust Security Network Partners Highlighted at BlackHat USA 2018 Booth 2410

This week, BlackHat USA commemorates its 21st year, taking over the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to present trainings as well as recent developments and research about cybersecurity trends, best practices, and more. Centrify will once again be present to carry the flag for Next-Gen Access as an empowering force behind Zero Trust Security. You can find us at booth #2410 in the Oceanside Ballroom of the Business Hall, BlackHat’s latest euphemism for the vendor Expo. For more details about Centrify’s presence and other fun things happening at our booth, please read Michele Hayes’s blog from last week….

MFA Everywhere: A Tried and True Method in Accelerating Security

While phishing attacks continue to jeopardize today’s organizations (a reported 76% of organizations experienced phishing attacks in 2017), it was refreshing to hear that tech giant Google has apparently eliminated phishing by giving security keys to all of its 85,000 employees. “We have had no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google,” a company spokesperson told Krebs on Security last week. “Users might be asked to authenticate using their security key for many different apps/reasons. It all depends on the sensitivity of the app and the risk of the user at that point in time.” This…

Centrify Booth 2410: Your Destination for All Things Zero Trust Security at BlackHat USA

BlackHat USA 2018 kicks off in Las Vegas next week, the 21st year that the information security event has brought together thousands of cybersecurity professionals. BlackHat is always a unique event in that it devotes a heavier portion of its agenda to technical trainings, skill-building, and research briefings for practical cybersecurity learning, followed by a shorter main conference we typically encounter at a “trade show.” It’s also co-located with DEFCON, a hacker convention that takes place immediately following BlackHat – that’s always interesting. Whether you go to the whole event, just the technical sessions, or the Business Hall (aka The…