The Value of Identity Part 3: Five Steps to Avoid a Breach



In Part 1 and Part 2 of my series on the value of identity, we looked at the consequences of revealing excessive personal information in public, more specifically the digital realm, can have on the individual and an organization. We saw that hackers can use the information you reveal on social media and the internet not only to impersonate and steal your identity, but to even infiltrate and take control of your company’s network. 

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Making the Case to Your CIO to Upgrade Your IAM System, Part 1

According to the new 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), legitimate user credentials were used in most data breaches, with some 63 percent of them using weak, default, or stolen passwords. This may come as some surprise to businesses that are not yet victims of such breaches as they continue to utilize homegrown, piecemeal, or legacy identity access management (IAM) solutions. While your CIO is focused on perimeter defense, your challenge is to shift this focus to the need for a more robust, modern, and integrated IAM solution, which is easier said than done.

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The Value of Identity Part 2: The Company’s Perspective


In my recent post, I discussed how in today’s world, identity is ubiquitous – it reaches into almost everything we touch, while identity theft and fraud have become near constant topics in the news.

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James Litton Talks Cybersecurity and Identity and Access Management Trends with ISSA

Recently, our CEO, James Litton sat down with the South Texas chapter of ISSA as part of the organization's podcast series on cybersecurity. Their conversation covered a wide range of security and identity and access management (IAM) topics, including identity and the Internet of Things, the future of passwords, contingent workers, IAM and the cloud, and much more.

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The Value of Identity Part 1: Identity Gets Personal

Over the past two decades, my work in information technology has exposed me to home end users, as well as corporate environments of every shape and size, throughout most sectors of the industry. These experiences have provided a unique perspective into the struggles that individuals and organizations face regarding personal information and proper user identity and data management.

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4 Signs You Need to Modernize Your Identity Management Software

According to Statista, the market for identity and access management is expected to grow to 7.1 billion dollars by the year 2018. This is up from 4.5 billion dollars in 2012; and much of this growth can be attributed to the fact that so many organizations are looking to upgrade their identity management software to better meet the security and workflow needs their company faces.

Unfortunately, there is no odometer on your current identity management solution that tells you it is time for an upgrade. Instead, knowing when you need to look at making a change can be determined by these four key factors.

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Lock Down Access to Admin Accounts with On-Demand Privileged Access Management

Intruders Can’t Drive You Nuts If You Don’t Give Them the Keys!

Nearly every enterprise system, application, and database comes with a privileged account.  Administrators need these privileged accounts to install software updates, reset passwords, set up or deactivate accounts, and perform other standard administrative tasks.
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8 Steps to Limit the Security Risk of Contingent Workers

*Disclaimer: This article originally appeared in the EDUCAUSE, The Inside Line, blog series. 

In higher education as in corporate America, we're witnessing a shift in employment strategies toward increased hiring of contingent workers—employees, either full-time or part-time, hired for one year or less, with a specific end date. A January 2014 report from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce called "The Just-In-Time Professor" states that 50% of university workers are now adjunct or nontenured faculty, a substantial increase from only 20% in 1970.

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James Litton Talks IAM on Texas Business Radio

Earlier this year, James Litton, our CEO, appeared on Texas Business Radio, the syndicated radio show that features leading businesses, people, and events from the Texas business world.

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WEBINAR: A Trojan Horse of a Different Color: The Inherent Security Risk of Today’s Contingent Workforce

From seasonal employees to specialized contract workers, employment of contingent workers has dramatically increased in recent years. With 46% of businesses adding contingent workers in 2015, this workforce has proven to be resourceful, necessary, and here to stay.  While there are clear benefits to this type of employment, there are also major security risks if the access of these employees is not properly managed.

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