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Centrify 2015 Prediction: Breach Headlines will Change IT Security Spend

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Chris Webber, cloud evangelist, senior product marketing manager at Centrify

Breach Headlines will Change IT Security Spend

2014 has proven that hackers are changing their attack strategies to focus on stealing credentials so they can steal data from within. These attacks are clever, because no amount of firewalling or traditional web security can block authorized access.

Since these attacks will continue in 2015, we need to focus on limiting their effectiveness - and that means focusing on identity and access management.

Millions of business servers are wide open today - as long as you have the right username and password - and criminals and hackers have perfected techniques for harvesting those credentials.

We know accounts will continue to be compromised, but we can limit what those accounts have access to. We can require stronger authentication, so a username and password is no longer enough to gain access. We can monitor and alert to know when access is gained from unusual places, networks, or devices.

2015 will see increased exposure, which will lead to increased attention from IT, and the security industry, which will lead to increased spending on identity-based security solutions to limit risk and lock down access.


About the Author

Chris Webber is a security wonk, a cloud evangelist, a product guy, and a recovering IT professional. Having spent time at both Silicon Valley startups and global powerhouses, Chris developed his particular slant on cloud and mobile security at companies like Zscaler, Blue Coat Systems, Good Technology, and Pertino. He currently serves as senior product market manager at Centrify, the leading provider of unified identity management across cloud, mobile and data center environments that delivers single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT.

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