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 , 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…

By , June 13, 2018

REGISTER BELOW FOR THE LIVE STREAM! Welcome to the live blog from SecurIT: the Zero Trust Summit for CIOs and CISOs. SecurIT is an all-day industry event at Terra Gallery in San Francisco. This blog will be a frequently-updated chronology of highlights from the day, including notable quotes, photos, and other interesting details that we hope a remote audience will find useful in their Zero Trust journeys. If you’re new to Zero Trust, it might be helpful to visit https://www.centrify.com/zero-trust-security/ to learn more about this concept, which is enabling a complete rethink of security. The old adage of ‘trust, but…

By , June 11, 2018

Australia recognised the security problem posed by passwords through widespread media coverage of Centrify’s warning issued on World Password Day, which occurred on May 3 this year. Centrify celebrated World Password Day, which turns up annually on the first Thursday of May as a day to promote good security hygiene and password habits, by calling for the end of this outmoded form of protection. Centrify’s World Password Day warning was picked up by leading publications, including FutureFive NZ, Lifehacker and SmartCompany and led to Australia’s national broadcasting, the ABC, interviewing me on radio in New South Wales, Queensland and Radio…

By , May 28, 2018

According to Gartner, companies will spend up to $96 billion worldwide on security this year, but research by Centrify and Dow Jones suggests that up to 79% of companies have experienced a significant breach. Forrester estimates that 80% of security breaches involve privileged credentials. It’s understandable: After an intruder gains access to the employees’ devices, they try to snoop the network and install keylogger to get higher privilege credentials (such as root or administrator). Privileged credentials provide greater scope for stealing data en masse than individual accounts do. Traditional Privileged Access Management (PAM) products have been trying to resolve the…

By , May 24, 2018

“Well this is not a boat accident! It wasn’t any propeller! It wasn’t any coral reef! And it wasn’t Jack the Ripper! It was Keychain.” Just uttering the dreaded word Keychain can cause a Mac user or Admin to break out in a cold sweat. We’ve all seen the pop ups. <Cue the ominous music> Apple first introduced the Keychain in Mac OS 8.6 as a means of providing a secure location for applications to store passwords to ensure users aren’t constantly being pestered for passwords every time they launch mail or connect to a network server. Apple created the…