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How to Meet NYDFS Section 500.7 Amendment Requirements

How to Meet NYDFS Section 500.7 Amendment Requirements

The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) Cybersecurity Regulation is a set of comprehensive cybersecurity requirements that apply to financial institutions operating in New York. The goal of the regulation is to ensure that the cybersecurity programs of financial institutions have robust safeguards in place to protect customer data and the financial sector.
AWS Well-Architected Framework Security Best Practices

AWS Well-Architected Framework Security Best Practices

The AWS Well-Architected Framework has been a staple for many years for AWS practitioners of all sorts, including cloud architects and platform engineers. It’s a blueprint for architectural and design best practices that will lay the foundation for resilience, operational efficiency, and security on the AWS Cloud.
Fine-Grained vs. Coarse-Grained Access Control Explained

Fine-Grained vs. Coarse-Grained Access Control Explained

If credentials fall into the wrong hands, intruders may enter a network and launch a disastrous attack. In fact, 46% of cybersecurity incidents involve authentication credentials, according to the Verizon 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report. Organizations have two general ways to determine someone’s access rights once past initial authentication: Coarse-grained access control (CGAC), which relies on a single factor, and fine-grained access control (FGAC), which relies on multiple factors.
MITRE ATT&CK Framework Containers Matrix for Kubernetes

MITRE ATT&CK Framework Containers Matrix for Kubernetes

If you’re Kuberntes admin and you’re not familiar with the tactics outlined in the MITRE ATT&CK framework, this blog post is for you. MITRE ATT&CK framework is an extensive knowledge base of tactics and techniques employed by bad actors that defensive security experts use to help defend their organizations against attack, and many times, used by their offensive security counterparts to test their weaknesses.
CIS Kubernetes Benchmark Implementation Recommendations

CIS Kubernetes Benchmark Implementation Recommendations

The CIS Kubernetes Benchmark is a set of prescriptive recommendations assembled to guide administrators to achieve good security hygiene and results in strength security outcomes for their Kubernetes environments.
The Access Management Bill of Rights

The Access Management Bill of Rights

I'm continuously shocked by how poorly the PAM industry has treated customers to date. Shame on CyberArk, Delinea, and all the rest of you for persisting with such predatory models. The business model is "squeeze the blood out of them, then squeeze harder." The deployment model is "you'll never ...
5 Reasons to Level Up From Identity to Dynamic Access Management

5 Reasons to Level Up From Identity to Dynamic Access Management

Historically, finding an infrastructure access management solution that is secure while still being easy to use has been extremely difficult. Too often, ease of use and complexity end up at odds. StrongDM addresses this challenge–and does so by integrating with your existing identity-based security initiatives. This blog details how StrongDM enables organizations to level up their access management approach to meet the requirements of Dynamic Access Management (DAM), bolster security, and
StrongDM vs. CyberArk: Side-by-Side Comparison

StrongDM vs. CyberArk: Side-by-Side Comparison

Both StrongDM and CyberArk are privileged access management solutions to provide secure access to backend infrastructure. While there are many similarities between the two solutions, there are also some key differences.
Unlocking Zero Trust: The Kipling Method for Policy Writing

Unlocking Zero Trust: The Kipling Method for Policy Writing

To embark on a successful Zero Trust journey, it's crucial to articulate and implement policies that align seamlessly with your business model. The Kipling Method serves as a guiding light in this endeavor. Let's delve into the six fundamental questions it poses.
Simplifying AWS Access with StrongDM Without Compromising Security Posture

Simplifying AWS Access with StrongDM Without Compromising Security Posture

Since Amazon Web Services first announced it in 2011, AWS IAM has evolved to become the gateway to the AWS Cloud. Organizations cannot interact with their cloud resources and its many services without it. Identity, not networking, is the real access boundary.
Feature Deep Dive: Access Workflows

Feature Deep Dive: Access Workflows

Standing Credentials. They’re a problem that seems to persist despite the latest security and access innovations. They’re also one of the main reasons that achieving zero trust is so hard–and enough of a problem that two strategic security initiatives have come to the forefront: Just-in-Time (JIT) access and Zero Standing Privileges (ZSP).
Break Glass Explained: Why You Need It for Privileged Accounts

Break Glass Explained: Why You Need It for Privileged Accounts

Identity and access management (IAM) and privileged access management (PAM) are critical security tools for modern organizations. However, they can sometimes bar users from accessing critical systems and services, potentially impacting production, customer experience, and cybersecurity. In urgent cases, a method of bypassing normal security controls to regain access—called “break glass”—is needed. In this post, we’ll walk you through the break-glass process—what it is, why it’s important, and
How to Simplify Auditing Access in AWS

How to Simplify Auditing Access in AWS

Want a secure and compliant AWS environment? Then you need to audit access. Keeping tabs on who has accessed what—as well as the whens, wheres, and whys—helps you spot suspicious activities and address them promptly. Without this kind of access control, your sensitive data could be exposed to malicious actors, putting you at risk of data breaches and subsequent regulatory nightmares or service interruptions.
StrongDM: Breaking Glass Scenarios

StrongDM: Breaking Glass Scenarios

Let’s face it. If you work with any type of technology, you know that all software, hardware, and networking gear can fail in weird and unexpected ways. That’s why it’s critical that your technology stack has no single point of failure in your environment. At StrongDM, that means having options in a “break glass” scenario. We firmly believe that this is a requirement for the responsible operation of modern technology. So here’s how we tackle it.
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