Seemingly every week, there’s another security mishap that puts the IT team or the CIO or the CISO or the VP of IT on the proverbial hot seat. Whether it’s the big name issues like TJMaxx or Societe Generale, or the myriad security problems that we don’t hear about. These events are happening with frightening regularity. What’s the answer?
Let’s start by looking at the problem (because there are so many).
Fundamentally, the solution to these and other problems can, and should, revolve around the identity and whether the organization is appropriately managing the identity and its access. In other words, if the organization manages the identity appropriately and efficiently, then many of these issues might just go away. What are some of the steps organizations can take to effectively manage these identities? Here are a few.
Listen, security takes several forms. There’s a strong firewall, maybe even a next generation firewall (I’m just starting to learn more about these from our good friends at SonicWALL). There’re also virus and malware protection. And frankly these topics, and others like them, garner the lion’s share of the publicity when there’s a breach or hack. But fundamentally, if you control the identities and what data or applications each identity has access to, you can prevent many of the challenging issues facing organizations today. In the meantime, stay secure, my friends.
The most secure man in the world, Bill Evans
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