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Identity is Security: Recipe for Disaster

We hear this time and time again—the threat landscape is continuously evolving. These cyber-threats are very apparent for financial services, as this headline points out. Credit and debit card data, online bank account credentials, and ATMs are all super attractive targets for hackers, for obvious reason. It should go without saying that defending against cyber criminals has become more and more of a moving target (for lack of a...

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Identity is Security: Everywhere You Look

I apologize for getting the Full House theme song stuck in your head, but cybersecurity–the good and the bad–is everywhere you look. This week, we saw a couple of instances where cybersecurity news got hyperlocal. A major provider of electricity in Johannesburg, South Africa found themselves dealing with ransomware. And back here in the states, Louisiana’s governor declared a statewide cybersecurity emergency after several school...

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Identity is Security: Fun Idea or Creepy, You Decide

Growing old after taking a few pictures went viral this week, with celebrities like Drake to the Jonas Brothers turning to FaceApp to show their followers their aged visages. It’s a fun idea in theory (if you like the idea of seeing what you might look like in 40 years…), but it is also super creepy, outside of the obvious reason. Here’s why. The ‘old age filter’ this app applies, which uses AI to age your face digitally,...

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Identity is Security: Privacy Pains Part 2

Is there a bounty on privacy? That’s the question we asked you a few months back after exploring SailPoint CMO Juliette Rizkallah’s Forbes article on the rising use of smart technology in our home. This time around, we are taking it a step further and talking about a different kind of privacy—this time with consumer data. In Juliette’s latest Forbes article, she says today with regulations like the General Data Protection...

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Identity is Security: Don’t Blink

If you blink, you might miss the next privacy regulation being passed. That was definitely the case this week as we saw the privacy law movement in New York with the New York Privacy Act. In terms of scope, it seems to rival the landmark California Consumer Protection Act, and people are waiting with bated breath to see if it passes before New York’s legislative session closes on June 19th.  This is a clear indicator that we’ll...

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Identity is Security: Cybersecurity Hamster Wheel

Throwing money at a problem, most any problem, usually won’t fix it. Especially when it comes to cybersecurity, that’s why this headline caught my attention this week: Too many tools and services can cause confusion and prove a waste of cybersecurity budget. And this is for a good reason. You are not going to fix all of your cybersecurity woes with a surge in hires, employee training, or an excess of hundreds of tools or more. Why?...

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Identity is Security: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Our personal data is sacred. It is the digital footprint that holds us up and allows us to live our lives out online, but once it’s out there (and in the wrong hands), our footprint becomes wider—and not in a good way. That’s why this week, a headline in CSO caught my attention. A large direct marketing list now circulating on the grey market revealed highly sensitive data on 200 million U.S. citizens. That is a very large...

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Identity is Security: Cyberstrong

We made it! Another week in cybersecurity behind us, and a lot of good and not-so-good news to review. First up, the continuation of military cyber-readiness. Cyberspace is as in need of protection as any of the other four “domains” – land, space, air and sea. Actions continue to speak for themselves, and this week that took the shape of the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary. This new initiative is quite interesting as the members of...

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Identity is Security: I Need Your Attention, Please!

Another day, another Facebook mishap. This week in cybersecurity news, we spy another unfortunate headline for Facebook. As you probably remember, a few weeks ago news broke that Facebook stored millions of unencrypted user passwords in plain text. The kicker here is that it had been happening for years. Well, this week it got a lot worse. In addition to the password fiasco, data breach hunters found two Amazon cloud servers had been...

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Identity is Security: Privacy Pains

Is there a bounty on privacy? That’s the question we’re exploring following SailPoint CMO Juliette Rizkallah’s latest Forbes article on the rising use of smart technology in our home. From Wi-Fi-connected baby monitors, home security systems and even Alexa—our home and office environments have changed quite a bit from dial-up and corded telephones. Working in identity management definitely keeps your mind tuned in to what and...

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Identity is Security: When Data Calls

Are you governing access to your data? That question came into full focus this week as many discovered their data was out in the wild following the discovery of some misconfigured Box accounts. Our CMO Juliette Rizkallah pointed out in SC Magazine that this is just one of many lessons in identity that we are getting these days. While many organizations do in fact have identity programs in place, many fall short of extending their...

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Identity is Security: Hacking is in the Air

Love may have been in the air this week, but hackers managed to find a way to hack that this Valentine’s Day. In perhaps the most perfectly-timed cyberattack, OKCupid was found to have been hit with a credential stuffing attack. And then just a couple of days later, a major flaw was found in their Android app that would allow hackers to take over user accounts. But those are not all the Valentine’s Day related hacking attempts that...

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Identity is Security: Breaking Records

Someday, we may start seeing cybersecurity news headlines that say “least amount of breaches ever” and “ people are using the most secure passwords ever,” but today is not that day. We learned this week that Australia saw record breaking breach numbers the last quarter of 2018. Not only that, but they found that compromised user credentials were a primary cause, reminding us that users are an easy detour around a company’s...

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Identity is Security: Collecting Data

Some people collect snow globes. Others collect trophies. And some collect data breaches. All eyes are focused on the big collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and passwords that was recently discovered making its way around the internet. We often look at these major breaches in retrospect and wonder how we could have prevented them. But now, thanks to the continued practice of repeating passwords across consumer and business...