Posts by Julie Smith

  1. Cybersecurity Awareness Beyond October: #BeIdentitySmart

    Cybersecurity Awareness Month, hosted by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency was an opportunity for all of us to take stock of our role in protecting our digital ecosystem. Whether acting as consumers or employees or partners, our on-line behaviors matter. A reused password or clicking on a suspicious link can wreak…

  2. Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022: Identity Security is Everyone’s Responsibility

    People—we are perhaps the most important and yet least secure part of the enterprise. Some social engineering is enough to undo the most comprehensive cybersecurity architecture. For business leaders, vendors, and consumers alike, IT security requires all of us to take stock of our roles in protecting systems and information. This idea is the theme…

  3. Become the Next Executive Director

    As one chapter closes, another begins. Julie Smith, who has been fundamental in establishing the IDSA as the trusted identity security source for IT and cybersecurity professionals, has been appointed to our Executive Advisory Board. As Julie takes on her new role, we look forward to welcoming a new Executive Director to take the reins and…

  4. Dissecting the Top Active Directory Attacks and How to Prevent Them

    Identity has always been married to security, even if the relationship has not always been publicly celebrated. Times are changing, however, and there is a growing recognition that identity management and security are intrinsically linked. At the center of this, even after more than 20 years of existence, is Active Directory (AD). While companies might…

  5. How to Secure IoT Device Identities

    Smart machines outnumbering people may sound like the loose plot of a doom-mongering science fiction movie. But the recent explosion in internet-connected devices means we’ve already surpassed the tipping point where devices outnumber people.  IoT Analytics’ latest State of IoT research found there were 12.2 billion active endpoints in 2021 and predicts that figure will…

  6. More from the CISO Chronicles: Episode 2, A Case of Persistence

    Different formats of information — lists of stats, such as our recent 2022 Trends in Securing Digital Identities, or best practices, such as our Identity Defined Security Framework—are perfect for certain situations, but according to researchers, stories wield a particularly strong influence over our attitudes and behavior.  Today, we are excited to publish our second…

  7. 2022 Trends in Securing Digital Identities: Breaches Continue to Plague Organizations—Investments and Leadership Can Make a Difference

    As reported in our 2021 Trends in Securing Digital Identities report, COVID-19 put the spotlight on identity security and provided the wake-up call that CISOs needed to elevate the role of identity in their security strategies. However, acknowledgement is not the same as action, and not long after our report was published, arguably the most…

  8. Introducing the CISO Chronicles: The Gathering Storm

    Storytelling in business is not a new concept and can take many forms. From real life customer case studies that highlight challenges, solutions, and benefits, to a business fable such as, The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, focused on business management and leadership, or The Phoenix Project, A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, which provides IT…

  9. Identity Management Day 2022: Not Just One Day, But Every Day

    Over the last year, the headlines became the rallying cry to make securing digital identities the top priority in every security program. But the responsibility does not fall solely on the public and private sector. As individuals, we are employees, partners, and consumers and have the responsibility to protect all credentials equally. We all need…

  10. Identity Management Day: Protecting Identities in the Expanding Threatscape

    The Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) is proud to host the second annual Identity Management Day, in partnership with the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA). The NCA is on a mission to empower a more secure interconnected world and the IDSA believes that identity is the critical path to make that vision a reality. Therefore, in 2021 we launched Identity…

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