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Cloud(ed) Judgment: OneLogin’s Breach Continues to Fuel the Security Debate

By | Date posted: June 26, 2017
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When it comes to the next big data breach, it’s never a matter of if, but a discussion of when.

This time, the target was identity and access management firm OneLogin, which recently shut down its U.S. data center due to compromised Amazon Web Services (AWS) keys. With the company serving more than 2,000 enterprises across 44 countries, the incident has been referred to as a “massive leak” and once again raised questions about cloud security.

As we continue to learn, everything that the cloud represents is great… until it’s not.
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The President’s New EO Gets the Gist of NIST

By | Date posted: June 8, 2017

President Trump introduced his long-awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order last month. While some focused on its similarities to EO 13636 issued by the Obama administration more than four years earlier, we were more concerned with, and quite frankly, excited by, the fact that it (rightly) cast a renewed spotlight on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework.

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Trust, but Verify: The Missing Link in IAM

By | Date posted: May 18, 2017
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Identity and Access Management (IAM) is well-entrenched in enterprise and government infrastructures.

However, in our API-driven world, merely establishing a “trusted user” – e.g., a device or a person – and granting them access to information provides an incomplete security profile. Lacking the ability to inspect the bidirectional flow of data traversing our modern computing architectures, IAM technologies cannot answer the two most critical questions about trusted users:

What information are they bringing into the network?

What information are they removing from the network?

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FCW: Why the CDM program needs an overhaul

By | Date posted: May 9, 2017

In this article, Jason Macy – CTO of Forum Systems, highlights the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program and how the initiative aims to streamline processes and simplify risk management.

 Applying best practices is indeed a laudable approach, but if you are practicing for the wrong game, what’s the point? Best practices need a strategy, and CDM needs to be augmented to focus on existing industry technologies such as API security gateways and others that are already solving cybersecurity problems.

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PSD2: An Open Concept in Banking Mandating the Use of APIs

By | Date posted: April 25, 2017
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A revolution is occurring in European banking and APIs are leading the way.

Adopted in 2007, the Payment Services Directive (PSD) “provides the legal foundation for an EU single market for payments, to establish safer and more innovative payment services across the EU.” Legislated by the European Commission, the objective of the PSD “is to make cross-border payments as easy, efficient and secure as ‘national’ payments within a Member State.”

To accommodate the rapid rise of new online payment providers – third-party payment providers (TPPs) – the European Commission proposed a revision in 2013. Building on the PSD’s key principles, PSD2 was ‘born’ to make payments safer and more secure, enhance consumer protection, foster innovation and promote competition while ensuring a level playing field for all payment service providers.

In force since 2016, EU Member States must implement PSD2 by January 2018.

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(Cloud)Flare Up: What you Need to Know about Ticketbleed

By | Date posted: March 2, 2017
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As you’ve likely seen, last month, Cloudflare Engineer and crypto expert Filippo Valsorda discovered a software bug in F5 appliances. Named “Ticketbleed,” since it leaks SSL session identities like the famed Heartbleed, the vulnerability is in the transport layer security (TLS) stack of certain F5 products that allows a remote attacker to extract up to 31 bytes of uninitialized memory at a time. F5 has since issued a patch for the vulnerability, cataloged as CVE-2016-9244, but we decided to take a closer look.
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How to Build a Secure OAth Solution in Less Than 5 Minutes

By | Date posted: December 8, 2016

In our last post, Protecting Against OAuth Hacks, our CTO, Jason Macy, discussed the latest reported OAuth 2.0 hack “One OAuth 2.0 hack, 1 Billion Android App Accounts potentially exposed“. In the post, we discussed how the Forum Sentry API Security Gateway implements OAuth end-to-end and is not vulnerable to this recently reported vulnerability.
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