Words of Wisdom: How to Ensure a Successful ABAC Implementation

Attribute-based access control (“ABAC” for short) has reached the point of mass adoption with respect to access control technologies. In fact, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence developed a reference design for ABAC that provides organizations “greater efficiency, flexibility, scalability security.”[1] To ensure that those benefits are realized, however, it’s essential to establish best practice guidelines when it comes to implementing ABAC successfully.

ABAC can be instrumental in reducing enterprise risks such as insider threats, loss of customer data and personally identifiable information (PII), leakage of trade secrets and intellectual property, and fraud. The use of context in access decisions can also lead to substantial cost savings since ABAC systems enable more efficient policy management and regulatory compliance. Furthermore, organizations can continue to leverage much, if not all, of their previous investment in existing IT infrastructure. more “Words of Wisdom: How to Ensure a Successful ABAC Implementation”

Why Dynamic Authorization Is a Big Deal in Data Security

CollaborationIf you’re unfamiliar with dynamic authorization, be prepared for an epiphany of sorts.  It could very well be the biggest little secret you’ve never heard of with respect to data security.  What with all the cloud apps, mobile devices, Big Data, and productivity tools that consume our professional lives these days, legacy access control solutions are having a difficult time keeping pace. more “Why Dynamic Authorization Is a Big Deal in Data Security”

What is Digital Business Transformation…really?

Buzz words always amaze me. I love them if I think I coined them I love them until I think they are old and tired, but no matter what they seem to have a life of their own. Business transformation and Digital business transformation are a very hot topic these days in the enterprise space, but what does Digital Business Transformation really mean:

  1. Mobile first and cloud-enabled
  2. Collaboration requirements include always on, with seamless access anywhere and anytime, 24/7
  3. Digitally connected supply chains for highly responsive or just-in-time production
  4. Hyper-connected and complex business applications that are iPhone easy to use
  5. Internet of Things and Big Data driving real-time data decision streams and massive data volumes

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Another Challenge of Big Data Analytics: Data Leak and Spill (Part 1)

In their recent article on Big Data Management and Trends, Gartner identifies Enterprise Data as one of the key challenges facing organizations. The challenge is consolidating data from disparate sources across the extended enterprise and transforming it into critical business intelligence.

“You have many data disparate sources – from your enterprise’s ‘dark data’ and partner, employee, customer and supplier data to public, commercial and social media data – that you need to link and exploit to its fullest value.”
source: http://www.gartner.com/technology/topics/big-data.jsp

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Data Security Challenges for the Global A&D Supply Chain

By E.K. Koh, VP of Solutions, NextLabs, Inc.

An interview with Luis F. Dannenfels, Senior Principal Architect, Raytheon

NextLabs recently sat down with Luis F. Dannenfels, Senior Principal Architect at Raytheon, to discuss the challenges that A&D companies face in the age of globalization and access anywhere, from any device. Luis talks about the challenges and the solutions. Below is an excerpt of the interview: more “Data Security Challenges for the Global A&D Supply Chain”

4 Ways IT must Change to Protect your Business

By E.K. Koh, VP of Solutions at NextLabs

It’s not your perimeter. It’s not your applications. In an age where there is no perimeter, where data moves from application to application, from servers to desktops to tablets and smart phones that the company does not even own, managing security at the perimeter or application is essential, but not sufficient. What is your value at risk? It is your DATA.

Data is Valuable

In a survey by Forrester, companies noted that corporate secrets (or intellectual property) comprise 2/3 of their information portfolio, with 1/3 being customer custodial data. The figure below shows the relative value of different types of data rated on a million dollar scale: more “4 Ways IT must Change to Protect your Business”

Is this the Right time for Rights Management?

By E.K. Koh, VP of Solutions at NextLabs

It depends on whether you believe the analysts.

In the report “Information Security Predictions and Recommendations 2014”, Kuppinger Cole recommends that enterprises “Focus on strategic elements such as Information Rights Management for documents and Enterprise Key and Certificate Management (EKCM) for managing the secrets.” And, at the recent European Identity Conference, Kuppinger Cole identified Secure Information Sharing as a hot topic, by calling out Rights Management as an enabler. [Source: EIC 2014: Trends and Hot Topics, Kuppinger Cole, May 2014] more “Is this the Right time for Rights Management?”