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Top takeaways from Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report 2017

April 27th, 2017

The latest release of the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report summarizes the state of cyber threats across the world.  “Symantec maintains one of the world’s most comprehensive vulnerability databases, currently consisting of more than 88,900 recorded vulnerabilities (spanning more than two decades) from 24,560 vendors representing over 78,900 products.” The report raises several key incidents […]


FERPA tells you what, but not how: The first step to being compliant today

April 26th, 2017

In the 1970s the US Government introduced the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  In short, the act provides guidelines and regulations for when and how an academic institute can share student/parent records with those record owners and 3rd parties.  Much like other regulations (such as HIPAA and PCI), technology continues to have a […]


Ransomware in Real Life

March 28th, 2017

Ransomware – you hear about in the office, even on the evening news since attackers have become creative in this newer threat invention. Everyone’s talking about it, so, what is it? Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid – usually […]


A Cloud-First Strategy

March 14th, 2017

Guest column by Mike Somerville originally posted on Ed TechDigest on February 16, 2017 As Manager of Systems Support and Chief Cloud Evangelist, I lead the IT systems team at the University of San Diego. We’re responsible for four data centers, the network, virtualization, servers, and more—everything that needs a password for access. Automating Privileged […]


U Behave Yourself… or consider User Behavior Analytics

March 9th, 2017

Get a load of this: an alarming 57 percent of Americans believe that they know as much, or more, about cybersecurity as their IT Directors, according to a comprehensive survey conducted on behalf of Blumberg Capital. This same group of individuals reported that keeping their work passwords secure (10 percent) is only a little more […]


Phishing Scams: Your Social Media and Email Security Checklist

March 2nd, 2017

Phishing scams are on the rise, and they surge during tax season. Phishing is the practice of sending a potential victim an email or message that looks like legitimate correspondence from the IRS,  a bank, or an organization, but clicking on links within the message takes the victim to a fake website. Once on the website (which often also […]


Cloudbleed – Could this be the worst security event in history?

February 27th, 2017

First and foremost – Thycotic does not use Cloudflare for any of our cloud based products, such as Secret Server Cloud or our upcoming Privileged Behavior Analytics. We don’t anticipate our customers being affected by this directly, unless passwords used to access our services are the same as passwords used to access affected websites. It’s […]


Ransomware goes into stealth mode: 7 things you can do to protect yourself

February 27th, 2017

Ransomware is a very destructive variant of malicious malware that makes critical systems and sensitive information inaccessible until a ransom is paid. Ransom is typically demanded in bitcoin with a 72 hour window to pay before the key is deleted and data is irreversibly lost. Some variants have started deleting data before the 72 hours […]


The Password Love Affair: Would you share your password with your partner?

February 14th, 2017

Passwords, for many people and companies, are one of the vital security controls that protect us from external hackers and cyber threats. Passwords are part of everyday life and protect our privacy and sensitive information from unauthorized access. Every day billions of people power up their devices and connect to the internet to access online […]


The Password Spreadsheet: why you must NOT store enterprise passwords in Excel

December 6th, 2016

Is your organization still using an Excel password spreadsheet to store and manage sensitive passwords—the keys to your kingdom? You’re not alone. But storing privileged account passwords and credentials in a spreadsheet poses a serious security risk. There should be no such thing as a ‘password spreadsheet’ Excel was never intended to be a password […]