Jan 062011

What happens to your employees, 1099 contractors, partners, work at home employees, travelling users, remote sites, in which you don’t back haul internet users through corporate? What happens if these users leave the company and want to access applications that you have in the Cloud? How do you deprovision them from all the different Cloud touchpoints that exist? I realize you have a solution for some of them, but what about ALL of them? In this video, I review a few options that you have.

The CIO is in charge of SIP – Security Identity and Privacy Strategy….right? Well, someone is. Someone is taking on the responsibility. CIOs may not get into the nitty gritty technical minutia or product selection, but my point is that Cloud Access Control and security is about architecture and design. And for the most part, the points that I am making ,most serious SSL VPN vendors support, so we don’t need to go down the product path here.

Security Architecture and design matter first, no matter how close you may be to the board level meetings that we all aspire to.

A directory based approach is critical and I will make this point here and in future TV spots. And yes, I would agree that federation is the best approach overall, but I would prefer to discuss what is real and practical today for 100 % of the CIOs and this is why I want to review SSLVPNs and the power this gives you for access control into Cloud Services. I would like to emphasize these are YOUR Cloud services with capital letters. How can you manage risk that the cloud represents with simple access control?

I want you to be in a position of control. We are giving up enough control via Social Media infiltration into the enterprise. We have our hands full, but let’s take one concern off the plate. When you push apps into the cloud you now need to know who and what people have access to various services outside of your directory.

Jan 032011

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There are 3 important items for determining what your client integrity strategy is. So how does a CIO bring the complexity of the many options down to a smaller decision path? It is not what you think. In this video I explain how inspecting the users, devices, and AD all fit together.
1. USERS: There are so many types of users trying to access your environment; from business partners, consultants, employees who are allowed access externally and those who are not, kiosks, hotel, conferences.
2. DEVICES: That are allowed access are as varied as the people: Smartphones like Droids, iPhones, Blackberrys, etc.
3. AD: The core of your security strategy is the core and not the edge.
Enjoy the video. I invite your comments. Bill
Oct 252010
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I don’t think the CMO can drive Social Media policy exclusively. The CIO needs to be deeply invloved with bringing ideas to the table. If they don’t they will be relegated forever to plumbing of the organization.