A key capability of an IT asset inventory system is being able to exchange data with CMDBs (Configuration Management Databases). In fact, a common misconception is that organizations with CMDBs don’t need an IT asset inventory system because their functions overlap. While they have similar roles, each one plays a different and important part, and they complement each other.
The SANS Institute recently released its 2017 report on cybersecurity trends. We examined the report’s six threat trends in a recent blog post, as well as in a webcast with the report’s author, security analyst John Pescatore, and with Qualys Product Management Vice President Chris Carlson. Now, we’re providing you with a useful checklist to help put you in a better position to respond these trends, which are expected to continue to dominate this year.
After speaking at Qualys’ recent webinar “Aligning Web Application Security with DevOps and IoT Trends,” Forrester’s Amy DeMartine granted us this Q&A, where she revisits and offers keen insights on issues including IoT security challenges and DevOps’ benefits for secure app dev. DeMartine, a Principal Analyst focused on security and risk professionals, also discusses “red teaming” for cloud products, and identifies signs you need a new automated security analysis tool.
A major challenge for enterprise InfoSec teams is keeping their finger on the pulse of two constantly changing elements: external cyber threats and internal technology needs.
Staying a step ahead and proactively adjusting their organization’s security posture accordingly is a must in order to keep attack risks as low as possible. So what are the major shifts in threats and business technology use that CISOs and their staff face in 2017? And how should they respond to these changes?
You will find comprehensive answers to those and other critical InfoSec questions in a new SANS Institute whitepaper written by security analyst John Pescatore.
As we’ve discussed in this blog series on automated IT asset inventory, having — or regaining — unobstructed visibility of your IT environment is key for a strong security and compliance posture.
We met Max, the CISO of a large manufacturer, whose organization progressively lost this visibility, as it adopted cloud computing, mobility, virtualization, IoT and other digital transformation technologies.
With the company’s IT environment upended and its network perimeter blurred, Max and the InfoSec team recovered control with a cloud-based, automated IT asset inventory system. This successful solution featured six key elements. In the previous posts, we addressed the first three:
- Complete visibility of your IT environment
- Deep visibility into assets, wherever they reside
- Continuous and automatic updates
This means that you need a complete and continuously updated list of IT assets, as well as granular security, compliance and system details on each one.
In this post, we’ll explain the next two requirements for an effective cloud-based IT asset inventorying system:
- Asset criticality rankings
- Dashboarding and reporting
Update March 2: Watch videos of customer best practice presentations and Qualys product demonstrations, plus see special guest Kevin Mitnick on How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data. Recorded live in the Qualys booth.
At RSA Conference USA 2017 in San Francisco, Qualys unveiled major expansions of its Cloud Platform that add new value to the unprecedented 2-second visibility of IT assets that we deliver to customers, and help organizations consolidate control of their security operations into a single-pane, cloud-based dashboard.
Here are the key announcements you should know about:
In the first installment of this blog series on automated asset inventorying, we met Max, the CISO of a large manufacturer whose InfoSec team lost full visibility of the company’s hardware and software.
Dangerous blind spots appeared progressively over time as Max’s company adopted more and more digital transformation technologies, such as cloud computing, mobility, IoT, and virtualization.
Eventually, Max and his team became alarmed at the inability of their legacy on-premises security products to account for the new cloud instances, virtualized environments, mobile endpoints and other assets outside of the traditional, tightly-controlled network perimeter.
They were concerned that this lack of visibility could lead to an increase in employee use of unapproved personal devices and unauthorized software, as well as to data breaches.
The completely redesigned Qualys Web Application Firewall (WAF) 2.0 provides greater confidence in application security through increased customization, one-click virtual patching ability, simplified controls and stronger security rules. Available now with these and other improvements, WAF 2.0 helps customers fend off hackers’ increasingly common, aggressive and destructive web app attacks.
First the bad news: Internet of Things (IoT) systems have created immense security holes. Now the good news: The problem can be fixed fairly easily.
That was the message from Jason Kent, Qualys’ Vice President of Web Application Security, during his recent webcast, “Aligning Web Application Security with DevOps and IoT Trends.”
“IoT doesn’t have to be scary. We have the knowledge on how to solve all these application security problems,” Kent said. “We just need to put focus on it.”
The effort to create awareness and shine a light on the issue of IoT security must be shared by IoT system manufacturers, application developers, and customers, including both businesses and consumers.
It used to be difficult or outright impossible for employees to install and use unapproved software on their work computers. For many IT departments, those happy days are over.
Web apps’ proliferation combined with mobile devices’ ubiquity have drastically lowered the bar — or removed it altogether — for people to use software of their own choosing at work.