Posts by Andy Heather

Andy has over 25 years of IT experience in sales, sales management, engineering, and professional services.  At HP Andy was responsible for leading the EMEA sales organization for HP Data security  Previously Andy was VP Sales for EMEA at Voltage Security and has held a number of senior sales management roles at Tripwire, Affiniti, Opsware, NetApp, Sun Microsystems, IBM and HP

Centrify Perspective

A Ticking Time Bomb: Understanding and Securing the Next Generation of Workers

By , July 5, 2018

It’s sometimes easy to forget that the younger employees of today are the managers of tomorrow. If we fail to understand how they use technology and perceive security and privacy, it will have a major bearing on the workforce of the future, and the long-term ability of organisations to withstand cyber threats. To shed some light on the issue, Centrify recently commissioned new in-depth research drawing on interviews with not only 1,000 UK office workers aged 18-24, but also 500 senior decision makers. At a central London event last week, we gained some fascinating extra insight into how the next…

It's All About Identity

Identity-Based Security Comes of Age at Infosec18

By , June 19, 2018

The annual Infosecurity Europe (Infosec) show was back again at the start of June even bigger and better than before. This year it was heartening to see so many businesses come to realise that an identity-based approach to cybersecurity is one of the best ways to keep regulators happy and threats at bay while driving adoption of agile cloud deployments. It all made our Zero Trust Security approach an easy sell as we engaged with customers and prospects. An oasis of calm Infosec has been running now for over two decades, but I’ve never before seen it on quite such…

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Infosecurity Europe 2017: Workplace Distraction Is a Major Security Risk, So What Can We Do About It?

By , June 8, 2017

From Yahoo to TalkTalk, and Wonga to Kmart, wherever you look today data breaches dominate the headlines. In fact, organisations are urged to assume it’s a case not of “if” but “when” they’re hit, and plan accordingly. The repercussions could be disastrous: a recent Centrify study revealed that on average share prices tumble 5% following a breach, with a third (31%) of customers discontinuing their relationship with the affected firm. But where do these breaches stem from? Human error has long been pegged as a major contributing factor, so we decided to take a snap poll of attendees at Infosecurity…

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Joining the Dots to Better Breach Prevention: A Centrify Roundtable

By , May 22, 2017

The volume and frequency of data breaches seem to have hit a new high in recent months. But away from the sensational headlines, do we really know what the impact of such incidents can be on the victim organisation’s reputation and bottom line? Centrify recently commissioned the Ponemon Institute to shine a light on exactly this area — interviewing CMOs, IT practitioners and customers — and uncovered some fascinating findings. Not only do UK firms on average see a lasting share price slump of 5% following a breach, but many IT and marketing professionals are profoundly divided –from each other…

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National Cyber Security Centre Opens: Why UK Firms Need to Rethink IAM

By , February 15, 2017

Today the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) opened to great fanfare. But it will have its work cut out to fulfil its mission of making the UK “the safest place to live and work online.” UK organisations of all shapes and sizes are under continual attack – whether from state-sponsored spies, hacktivists or financially motivated cyber gangs. So this is a great chance to marshal our response and make sure we are all able to take advantage of what NCSC boss Ciaran Martin has called a “new era of online opportunity.” Organisations should use the occasion to revisit and reinvigorate…

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday – Who’s Getting the Best Steal?

By , November 28, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, almost! With Christmas just a matter of weeks away, millions of people worldwide have commenced their Christmas shopping and are preparing for the festive season. Whilst Christmas gives us the perfect excuse to splash out on gifts, there’s no doubt that we are all looking to bag ourselves some bargains, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday will certainly have you itching to whip out your credit card. The hype surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals has certainly intensified over the years, and shoppers both in store and online are…

Mobile Frontier

Why is Single Sign-on for Mobile Applications Important?

By , November 2, 2016

The Growing Threat of Mobile Malware The world’s projected population by 2020 is 7.8 billion people. By 2020, the expectation is that the population will have 11.6 billion mobile-connected devices, more than 1 device per person. As a result, mobile malware is becoming an increasing threat as cybercriminals seize the opportunity to access personal information for monetary gain and damage to both personal and business reputation. The proliferation of mobile devices has meant that mobile security risks are growing by the day, and businesses are recognising the increased threats they present to sensitive information as more and more companies allow…