The Bitium Blog

Updates and advice on Identity and Access Management

Focusing on the Journey, Not the Destination: Maximizing Existing Security Investments
Posted by Conrad Smith on Oct 27, 2016

journey.jpegA well functioning and capable security program requires a blend of tools and solutions. Organizations typically make purchases based upon their immediate needs (or maybe those they had 12 months ago when the thought first crossed someone’s mind), and then hopefully implement said purchases. Buying and implementing though is just a portion of the lifecycle of those tools. What’s often forgotten along with things like daily care and feeding, is to periodically reassess that investment.

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Topics: application management, IT, cloud, Security

Passwords. The Pros, The Cons, The Alternatives.
Posted by Conrad Smith on Oct 20, 2016

Password SecurityEnter your username and password. The format has been around for ages, and is so commonplace now that password fatigue is a real thing. The end result is that the same username and password combination -- maybe variations on the same theme because that seemed enough at the time -- are repeated and propagated across different sites and applications for years. The risk associated with sticking to that habit has grown immensely with the ever-increasing number of data breaches and now, more than ever, the approach to passwords has to change.

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Topics: IT, cloud, Security

Creating A Security Hygiene Checklist
Posted by Conrad Smith on Oct 18, 2016

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In my previous post, I briefly mentioned the importance of having good security hygiene. But what does that really mean?

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Topics: IT, cloud, shadow IT, Industry, Security

It's the Opportunity End-of-Year Presents
Posted by Amanda Bretz on Sep 29, 2016

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September 30th marks the end of the U.S. government’s fiscal year. No, it’s not a holiday or generally-recognized cause for celebration, but I’d like to offer an exciting twist: end-of-year is the perfect time to make sure you’re getting the most out of your cloud investment.

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Topics: application management, IT, cloud

Spotify Wasn’t Hacked, But Is Password Reset Really The Solution?
Posted by Conrad Smith on Sep 7, 2016

Fix-Spotify-Problems.jpgLast week, Spotify announced that it was forcing users to reset their passwords. This wasn’t because of a data breach or hack like other companies have been facing. Rather, it was a proactive response to these external events.

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Topics: cloud, Industry, Security

Simplify Your Life with a Crystal-Clear Cloud Strategy
Posted by Amanda Bretz on Aug 8, 2016

cloud_hand.pngThe pursuit of simplifying your life may lead you down many avenues, but where can you get the biggest return for your efforts? Well, if you’re looking for inspiration on the Bitium blog, we suggest clearly defining your business’ cloud strategy as a great way to reduce obstacles in your life.

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Topics: cloud, Industry

What Pokemon Go Has Taught Us About FOMO And Security
Posted by Conrad Smith on Jul 15, 2016

Pokemon_Go.pngWow! Pokemon is back, and how! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, whether you’re playing or not, Pokemon has entered your life again. But the bigger news around this latest craze has actually been the security and privacy flaws uncovered.

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Topics: cloud, Industry, Security

Et tu, Brute? How We Protect Ourselves
Posted by Conrad Smith on Mar 15, 2016

The Ides of March is upon us. But for the non-Roman History buffs or dictators out there, what does that mean today?

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Topics: cloud, Security

Managing Risk in Cloud-Forward Companies
Posted by Scott Kriz on Dec 21, 2015

This is the final installment of my five-part series on the cloud-forward moment, its benefits and risks.

There are so many advantages to being a cloud-forward company – increased productivity, attracting and retaining talent, being more competitive and innovative, reducing costs – that it may seem odd that there are many companies who haven’t made the transition.

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Topics: cloud, Industry, Company

Maximizing Talent in the Cloud-Forward Company
Posted by Scott Kriz on Dec 17, 2015

This is the fourth in my five-part series on the “cloud-forward” movement, its benefits and risks.

No matter what your industry, it’s likely the most critical competitive battle you face in today’s marketplace is the battle for talent. Whether you’re trying to find the right programmers, sales reps or product developers for your needs, it’s vital to your business success. So is keeping those talented people once they are on board, and getting the best out of them.

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Topics: cloud, Industry, Company