Combat Identity Thefts and Advanced Cyber Threats with Password Manager Pro Enterprise Edition

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No one is safe out on the virtual streets of cyber world, and security breaches surface quite frequently to remind us of the same. Lately, the U.S. federal agencies are the  favorite hot spots for hackers. Two weeks ago, the high-tech system of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was hacked and the personal data of over 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was stolen while the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered what appears to be one of the largest U.S. Government data theft. Cyber criminals broke into the OPM database and accessed the identity information of at least 4 million federal workers. Such attacks expose the sophisticated methods that cyber criminals use and the vulnerability of even the largest of enterp

Microsoft LAPS:  Honest Obituary or False Eulogy to the Death of Passwords?

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The famous Latin phrase De mortuis nil nisi bonum (Of the dead, nothing unless good) came to mind last week when Microsoft announced the release of LAPS (Local Administrator Password Solution). Microsoft has been predicting the demise of passwords for over a decade.

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Way back in 2004, Microsoft’s Chairman, Bill Gates predicted the death of passwords and again in 2006, he claimed that the end to passwords was at sight. And today, Microsoft releases a solution for password management, though only to manage local administrator accounts. Perhaps, by releasing LAPS now, Microsoft is paying an honest obituary. Or, is it a false eulogy?

All kidding aside, managing local administrator …

How Secure Is Password Manager Pro?

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Gone are the days when all you needed was a strong password to guard your data. Now, we live in an era where you not only choose a strong password, but also get a strong and secure password manager. A password manager is a premier solution that helps consolidate all privileged accounts, controls access, and safeguards the accounts. Therefore, it’s important to get a robust password manager.

Over the years, Password Manager Pro, the privileged password management solution from ManageEngine, has emerged as the top choice for IT divisions of enterprises to consolidate and secure privileged identities. As sensitive data gets stored, users normally have many questions on how Password Manager Pro handle

Hacking Hospitality: How to Fight the Cyber-criminals Targeting Business Travelers

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Traditionally, financial institutions have remained the top targets of cyber-criminals across the globe. Of late, hackers are eyeing so many other things thatone would normally consider unworthy of hacking. They are even finding novel ways to monetize the data gathered through such attacks.

During the past few months, United Airlines, American Airlines, Park ‘N Fly, Starwood Hotel, and Hilton have all reported breaches (not necessarily attacks on their network or systems, but breaches resulting from attacks on other businesses). This clearly indicates that  the hospitality industry, particularly business travelers, are facing the biggest threat to information secur

​​Jimmy Kimmel Sheds Light on Password Security

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Ace comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who is known for tickling our funny bones through his television shows, tried a social engineering experiment last week. In the backdrop of high profile cyber-security incidents, he wanted to measure how safe people’s passwords are. The show has exposed the harsh truth that despite the ever-increasing threats to information security and data privacy, people attach the least importance to password security!

In the last few days, you might have noticed this viral video in social media. If you haven’t watched it yet, here is the link:

This video should serve as an eye-opener to all of us, especially to those in the IT community. While at the individual level, people tend to us…

Code Spaces AWS Security Breach: A Sad Reminder of the Importance of Cloud Environment Password Management

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In the recently concluded Black Hat USA, 2014, one of the topics that drew much attention was the session on the pitfalls in cloud environment security. Normally, such deliberations at security conferences are perceived as hypothetical or purely academic. However, it was different this year with security professionals becoming quite interested in this topic. The reason for this is quite obvious – just a while ago, CodeSpaces.com, a code-hosting and collaboration platform went out of business for a whole day because hackers gained access to their Amazon EC2 control panel and deleted data of hundreds of their customers.

According to Code Spaces, the worst security breach started off as …

Passwords, King of Authentication: Long Live the King!

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This post is a reproduction of an article I wrote that was originally published in Business Computing World.

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“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die”. One thing that we have learnt from the popular TV show and books is that no one is safe on the throne for long before a younger, stronger, and more entitled claimant comes along to throw you off.

In the authentication battle, passwords have been ruling the kingdom for centuries with methods going back as far as 700 BC when the Spartan military used encrypted scytales to send sensitive missives during war. Despite the historical use of passwords, the overthrowing of this form of authentication has been predicted and heralded for some time now.

I…

Why MSPs Should Take Extra Care in Managing Client Passwords

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Passwords on spreadsheets put client networks at risk, along with Managed IT service providers’ credibility and trustworthiness.

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Managed IT Service Providers (MSPs) deliver a variety of IT and network management services to their clients. In particular, small and medium organizations are increasingly relying on MSPs to manage part or all of their IT services. Why? Because MSPs can help such organizations by saving costs, offering outside expertise, and meeting business demands quickly, among other critical points. Usually, tasks such as software development, network management, IT infrastructure management, customer support, and data center management are outsourced to MSPs.

MSPs t…

Fully Controlled and Closely Monitored Remote Access, a ​Critical Aspect of DCIM

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Without proper data center remote access management, administrators invite security issues and waste time. 

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With more organizations adopting cloud computing and virtualization, data center operations have been proliferating across the globe. This trend creates multiple challenges for data center administrators in IT organizations. These admins need to ensure not only performance and resource utilization, but also data security.

Usually, data centers are located in strategic sites due to factors such as physical security, climatic conditions, environmental factors, and availability of telecommunications and networking facilities. Because keeping the IT workforce at the data centers…