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Cyber Security Responsibilities: Who owns your organization’s PAM Policy Template? 

Who is responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing your organization’s Privileged Account Management Policy template? And what is at risk if no individuals or departments are named to ensure that your users and systems are in compliance with your PAM Policy?

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Cyber Security Responsibilities: Who owns your organization’s PAM Policy Template?

January 16th, 2018

Who is responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing your organization’s Privileged Account Management Policy template? And what is at risk if no individuals or departments are named to ensure that your users and systems are in compliance with your PAM Policy? Let’s get the easy part out of the way: if your organization has its…


The Lockdown’s 10 Most Popular Blogs of 2017

January 10th, 2018

2017 was a record year for cyber security with breaches and hacks making headlines just about every day.  Thank you for following along with the 2017 chaos as we captured the biggest breaches, security nightmares, and attacks. As a recap, here are the “Top 10” posts from the blog, sorted in increasing order based on readership. Let the countdown begin! #10: How…


The Land of the Free just lost one of its most important freedoms: The Freedom of the Internet

January 9th, 2018

Net Neutrality, just like privacy, is gone in the U.S.  For many citizens net neutrality is something that either seems confusing, or is lost in translation. ISPs now have full control over what content you see on the internet Basically, what has happened is that the FCC have handed control of internet services and content…


The #1 priority for improving cybersecurity? Implementing a Privileged Account Management Cycle approach!

January 5th, 2018

In a white paper released in October 2017 by analyst firm KuppingCole, Martin Kuppinger makes the case for why companies need to pay more attention to privileged account protection at all levels. Entitled, “Protecting the keys to your kingdom against cyber-attacks and insider threats,” he points out that Privileged Account Management is far more than…


5 Free Encryption Tools You Can Use Today to Protect Yourself!

January 3rd, 2018

Author Note:  These are all 3rd party tools that have been recommended to me by peers and experts in the field.  With that said, Thycotic does NOT endorse any of these: please explore and use at your own risk.  Email Encryption Tool OpenPGP – An open source encryption protocol used by many clients for providing…


Cyber Security: What we’ve learned in 2017 to get ready for 2018

December 26th, 2017

Well, it’s been a very interesting year with a few surprises along the way, but as expected, cyber crime grew, financial impact was huge and many companies struggled to recover. Cyber attacks will be the biggest threat to every person and business on earth Cyber security is quickly becoming part of everyone’s daily life and…


MSPs at Risk: You are at serious risk if you are not properly managing your clients’ credentials

December 20th, 2017

I ask MSPs: How secure are the clients’ passwords you manage today? As an MSP you must meet special security needs because you hold critical privileged passwords, not only your own organization, but for your clients’ as well. Do you have an accurate answer for these questions, or are there some unknowns in your organization?…


Privileged Password 101: What exactly is it?

December 15th, 2017

As the total universe of passwords will likely grow to more than 300 billion by 2020, people and organizations across the world face a massively growing cyber security risk from hacked or compromised user and privileged accounts—sometimes a single password being the only security control preventing cyber criminals from gaining access to the victim’s sensitive…


PAM Risk Assessment: your first step to better privileged access control

December 12th, 2017

These days Privileged Access Management and Privileged Account Management (PAM) are interchangeable terms that get a lot of attention. There’s a reason why PAM is fast becoming a top-of-mind cybersecurity issue:  up to 80% of cybersecurity breaches are associated with the abuse or misuse of privileged account credentials. And these credentials readily give hackers or…


SSH Key Management: why you should never manage SSH keys manually

December 5th, 2017

Has your organization moved beyond simple user name and password schemes for accessing Unix and Linux systems by relying on SSH keys to allow access? If so, congratulations! You have greatly increased your overall security posture. However, if your organization is managing SSH keys manually, you have a long way to go before you can…