Centrify Achieves FedRAMP Authorization

Centrify received exciting news this week that we are now FedRAMP Authorized! For those who don’t know about FedRAMP, it is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. FedRAMP Authorization is an important qualification that significantly smooths the process of selling cloud technology solutions to government agencies. We have been trying to get this authorization for years, so this is a BIG win for Centrify, our partners, and our customers. View our FedRAMP Authorization: https://marketplace.fedramp.gov/#/product/centrify-identity-services–centrify-privilege-services?sort=productName Privileged access abuse is the leading attack vector, estimated to be involved…

3 for 3! Centrify a Leader in 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for PAM

KuppingerCole recently published its 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Privileged Access Management (PAM), again recognizing Centrify as a Leader as it did in the previous iteration in June 2017. This marks the third major PAM Market research report in the past 6 months where Centrify was recognized as a Leader, following the same recognition in The Forrester Wave: Privileged Identity Management (PIM), Q4 2018 and the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management, Q4 2018. We’re honored to go “3 for 3,” and believe this is a strong validation of Centrify’s Zero Trust Privilege approach. A complimentary version of this report…

Centrify Named a March 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Privileged Access Management

At Centrify we are proud of our customers and the success they experience with our solutions. Today we are proud that our customers are speaking out and providing valuable insights to the market about their experience with Centrify. This morning, Gartner announced that Centrify has been recognized as a March 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Privileged Access Management. In its announcement, Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation,…

Gartner Names PAM a Top Security Project (AGAIN!) in 2019

Last June at the 2018 Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, the analyst firm issued a “Smarter with Gartner” paper outlining the Top 10 security projects for 2018, which included Privileged Account Management. While Gartner clarified that the ten projects were in no particular order, PAM was right there at the top. This was not a surprise to Centrify, as we’ve seen global cybersecurity spending reach $124 billion but privileged credential abuse is still the leading attack vector. Forrester estimates that 80% of breaches involve a privileged identity, and that 66% of companies have been breached five times or more….

The Base of Cyber-Attacks: Credential Harvesting

Cyber attackers long ago figured out that the easiest way to gain access to sensitive data is by compromising an end user’s identity and credentials. According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leverage either stolen, default, or weak credentials. Often these credentials belong to privileged users, providing cyber adversaries the “keys to the kingdom” and providing them a perfect camouflage for their data exfiltration efforts. Betting on the human factor and attacking the weakest link in the cyber defense chain, credential harvesting has become the base of most cyber-attacks. Recent reports of a newly-detected Smoke…

Moving Beyond Legacy PAM: Centrify Zero Trust Privilege

Our customers trust us to keep their most privileged credentials – the “keys to the kingdom” – secure from being exploited. Over half of the Fortune 100, the world’s largest financial institutions, intelligence agencies, and critical infrastructure companies, all trust Centrify to stop the leading cause of breaches – privileged credential abuse. We know that we can do even better. That starts today with a singular focus on continuing to redefine the legacy approach to Privileged Access Management (PAM) with cloud-architected Zero Trust Privilege. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? First, to sharpen that focus, we’re spinning out our Identity-as-a-Service business…

Behind the Numbers: Database Authentication and Authorization

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…

Modern Practices: Zero Trust Security

In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first environment, cybersecurity starts with protecting the primary attack vector – privileged 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,…

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…

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…