Centrify Perspective

Centrify Perspective

As a leader in unified identity management, Centrify offers helpful information for organizations to enable greater user productivity, improved IT efficiency, better regulatory compliance and lower TCO of their identity infrastructure.


By , August 22, 2018

Earlier this month, I posted a blog about how most companies I speak with have not implemented a modern database authentication and authorization approach. I also recommended 8 steps IT leaders can take to modernize their database management operations. Upon reflection, I think an interesting follow up would be to take a look at some numbers that further illustrate the need to put effective database authentication and authorization practices in place to secure the enterprise. LOOK AT THE NUMBERS Let’s create a fictitious sample company to examine, called Company X. At the DB Survival Blog site, the accepted high-end number…

By , August 15, 2018

In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first environment, cybersecurity starts with protecting the primary attack vector – privilege identities – with a “never trust, always verify” mindset for Zero Trust Security. Gartner predicts that companies will spend $96 billion in cybersecurity solutions in 2018 alone. While worldwide spending will increase 8% from last year’s total, less than 10% will be spent on Identity and Access Management, the number one attack vector. Clearly there is misinformation and misunderstanding of how to stop a breach. A recent research study with Dow Jones Customer Intelligence, “CEO Disconnect is Weakening Cybersecurity,” revealed that a discrepancy in the C-Suite is weakening enterprise security postures. CEOs mistakenly focus on eliminating malware, while Technical Officers (CIOs, CTOs and CISOs) on the front lines of cybersecurity point to identity breaches – including privileged user identity attacks and default, stolen…

By , August 8, 2018

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…

By , August 2, 2018

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…

By , July 25, 2018

CISOs are overwhelmed with a multitude of projects that are pulling at their time and resources. All of these projects feel important and usually will have some benefit, but nobody has the time or budget to do it all. So which projects will give you the biggest bang for your buck? How do security professionals prioritize these initiatives? At this year’s Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, Gartner’s Neil MacDonald revealed the analyst firm’s top 10 recommended security projects for 2018. MacDonald stated that CISOs need to, “focus on projects that reduce the most amount of risk and have the…

By , July 12, 2018

Reputation is built on trust – yet the paradox in the age of access is that the only way we can build trust is to eschew it. That age-old tool of identification–the password–no longer provides any level of security and, in fact, depending upon a password for protection is probably the worst mistake one can make. Likewise, relying on technology alone, such as firewalls, malware detectors and anti-virus programs, can create a false sense of security that often causes more problems than it solves. LESSONS FROM AUSTRALIA If you doubt that assumption, look at the volume of business disruption that…

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…

By , July 2, 2018

The age gap is something that all organisations over the years have had to deal with in one way or another. But the flood of consumer-grade technologies into the workplace in recent years has arguably widened that gap even further. To learn more, Centrify recently polled not only 1,000 UK office workers aged 18-24 but also 500 senior decision makers. We found that the next-generation workforce is unfairly blamed for a range of perceived security issues, when in fact managers are the worst offenders. To enable newer, more flexible and agile ways of working demanded by younger employees, organisations must…

By , June 26, 2018

Hey Siri, block that attacker, please Wouldn’t it be great if Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant had the intelligence to figure out malicious intent, govern access to our sensitive corporate data, and alert us in real time when something dodgy was going on? Well, they do leverage modern machine learning and AI to make “intelligent” decisions, but they’re clearly not designed for enterprise-grade security. At Centrify, though, we’re using AI and machine learning concepts to develop Next-Gen Access security to do just that. Only it’s not in a soft, cute, platonic solid form factor that sits on your desk….yet. As part…

By , June 21, 2018

I read with interest AIG’s 2017 Cyber Insurance Review. In a one sentence summary: cyber insurance claims are up, due to systemic ransomware and wiper malware attacks, the cyber business is booming, but we are still early in the market evolution. Reading the report prompted me to ask three questions regarding Cyber Insurance: How well do insurance brokers understand cyber risk and cyber insurance? What percentage of businesses shopping for cyber insurance truly understand their cyber loss exposure in quantitative terms, and conversely how well do brokers understand their exposure What security controls and policies do businesses have in place…