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The digital transformation of the last two decades has placed cybersecurity front and center on the CEO agenda. Customers now place vast quantities of personal information into the hands of businesses, with the expectation of a certain amount of privacy and confidentiality in exchange. The ability to meet this expectation is crucial in order for a business to retain customers and build its brand.

So, what does 2017 have in store for the security industry? While there’s no crystal ball that can tell us for sure, we’ve got our eye on a few key trends.

Entering a new year, we always take a look at what the latest in identity and access management  (IAM) and cybersecurity threats means for the security industry. This year, we specifically focused on answering three key questions:

A recent survey conducted by Accenture found that over the past year, roughly one in three targeted attacks resulted in an actual security breach. When you consider that the average company faces more than one hundred focused attacks launched against them every year, these numbers are alarming. This equates to more than 30 successful data breaches every year against a single company, with just one data breach having the potential to result in millions of dollars in losses.

*Disclaimer: This article originally appeared on IDG Connect

*Disclaimer: This article originally appeared in SecurityWeek

In our last post, we discussed some of the most compelling reasons for adopting identity and access management (IAM) in the cloud. Like most other cloud services, identity as a service (IDaaS) offers cost-effective, high availability and affordable scalability. However, as you consider the possibility of moving from your legacy, on-premises IAM system to the cloud, it’s vital that you begin with a clear understanding of common misperceptions that haunt the emerging IDaaS market; here are the two biggest ones:

It’s practically a given that at least some of your IT systems and operations are in now in the cloud. In fact, 70 percent of small businesses and 90 percent of midmarket enterprises do, and the rest must begin to do so soon or risk falling behind their competition. According to Cisco, 83 percent of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud within the next three years; 2017 will see a particularly significant migration of workloads moving to cloud-based platforms, with IT modernization leading the way.

In a recent analysis of the top 1,000 global companies, 97 percent were found to have had leaked credentials that were made publicly available on the Web. While this statistic is disturbing enough by itself, what is more troublesome is how that information is captured and made public.

Many leaked credentials come as the result of an organization suffering from a data breach, but another method that attackers are using is to steal credentials from a third-party source, similar to what happened when Spotify and Pandora were attacked. In both of these incidents, corporate emails used to sign up for accounts were either published or sold. Dating and adult websites are also common places where corporate emails are inappropriately used to create accounts, resulting in more than 300,000 corporate or government worker email addresses being exposed.

Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)? This annual awareness campaign was developed by the Department of Homeland Security to educate and raise awareness about cybersecurity. Each week of NCSAM has a different theme, and this week’s theme is Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety with Stop.Think.Connect.™

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and Stop.Think.Connect aims to increase people's understanding of cyber threats by getting everyone, regardless of industry, corporation size, or user type, to take steps towards being more secure. In honor of this theme, we thought there’d be no better way to kick-off NCSAM than to sit down with our resident cybersecurity expert and CEO, James Litton to discuss cybersecurity trends and what organizations can do to mitigate security threats.

Watch our interview with him below:



One of the most concerning trends for 2016 seems to be "Another day, 
another healthcare data breach." Breaches are becoming an all too regular occurrence and not just among healthcare providers. Retailerscredit and financial institutionsentertainment giants, and even governmental agencies are falling prey to the hackers, and in many cases are allowing access to very private customer data, at an alarming rate.