Many organizations use Active Directory as their domain network management tool of choice. But security experts warn that without locking down and regularly auditing AD, the ease of use that it provides to network administrators can also be tapped by hackers. Start here for essential defenses.
Warning: Attackers are abusing poorly secured and managed implementations of Microsoft Windows Active Directory to hack organizations and distribute ransomware. Fewer old operating systems and greater Active Directory security knowledge are helping mitigate the threat. But experts say more must be done.
Given the massive impact of the Equifax data breach, is the recently announced proposed settlement fair? One consumer advocate calls the money to be paid out by the consumer reporting agency the equivalent of a "parking ticket." Here's an analysis of the settlement's terms.
A major misconception about cloud IAM is that it's easy to implement, says Mark Perry, CTO for APAC at Ping Identity. Implementation poses challenges, and cloud IAM must be carefully integrated with other systems, he says.
Misconfigured file storage technologies and a lack of basic security controls are the root causes for the inadvertent online exposure of 2.3 billion files worldwide that contain personal information, including sensitive medical data, says Harrison Van Riper, a security researcher at Digital Shadows.
A vulnerability in global airline check-in software used by 500 airlines could have been exploited to download other individuals' valid boarding passes, potentially giving them access to restricted airport spaces, warns security expert David Stubley. The flaw in Amadeus travel software has now been fixed.
Security researchers have found yet another unsecured database that left personal data exposed to the internet. In this latest case, a MongoDB database containing about 188 million records, mostly culled from websites and search engines, was exposed, researchers say.
The traditional IAM strategy has been to tie individual users with a unique device. But that doesn't work in healthcare settings, where doctors and nurses often share multiple devices. Jigar Kadakia of Partners HealthCare talks about how he approaches this critical challenge.
Déjà vu basic cybersecurity challenge all over again: With the U.S. government warning that geopolitical tensions could trigger wiper-attack reprisals, security experts review the basic anti-wiper - and anti-ransomware - defenses organizations should already have in place.
Healthcare information is a prime target for malicious attackers because it has a high value on the black market, says Amanda Rogerson of Duo Security, who calls for adoption of a "zero trust" model to boost security.
Biometrics may be in fashion, but it's in part because users are ready, willing and able to use it to prove their identity, thanks to Apple, Samsung, Google and other players providing trustable hardware for verifying people's fingerprints and faces, says IBM Security's Neil Warburton.
The India parliament is considering a new Aadhaar amendment bill that would introduce a host of changes in line with the Supreme Court's decision that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for identification and authentication for certain private-sector purposes.
Often in breach response, security professionals focus on the technical aspects of the attack. Yet, the non-technical aspects are often more insidious, says Teju Shyamsundar of Okta. And Identity can be a powerful tool to bolster defenses.
More organizations are deploying single sign-on mechanisms when they move to software-as-a-service applications to help enhance authentication and control access, says Moshe Ferber, chairman of the Israeli chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.