Archive for Author: Phillip Robinson

Any organisation that accepts and stores credit card details must comply with the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). The standard was introduced in an attempt to reduce the chances of credit card fraud. While most Active Directory implementations don’t store credit card details, they may still be subject to a PCI audit. Non-Compliance of PCI can lead to lawsuits, fines, insurance claims, and a subsequent loss of sales … Read more

There are three basic principles to consider when deciding how to provide access to sensitive data in a secure manner, namely: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. These principals are collectively known as the CIA triad. Confidentiality The level of confidentiality will naturally determine the level of availability for certain data. Confidentiality is a question of how, and where, the data can be accessed. To ensure confidentiality, one must safeguard the data … Read more

As of May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) will come into effect, which sets out to harmonise and strengthen data protection for individuals within the European Union. Under this new directive, appointing a DPO (Data Protection Officer) is a mandatory requirement for companies and organisations who either employ more than 250 people or require the storing and processing of public data. It’s is important to note that, the … Read more

For those who don’t know about GDPR, it stands for the General Data Protection Regulation, and is a new set of rules passed by the European Union which aim to reform the out-dated and inconsistent EU Data Protection Directive. The GPDR will come into effect from May 2018 and will be applicable across all 28 EU member states. However, for those of you that believe Brexit means you won’t be … Read more

With insider security threats on the rise, and the increasing strictness and regularity of compliance mandates, auditing critical IT systems on a regular basis is an important part of the IT team’s job. Effective auditing will help you to fix IT problems faster and give you a better understanding of what’s happening in your IT environment. We recently ran a survey, aimed mostly at System Administrators in the USA, to … Read more

July and August carried on the trend in 2016 of an increased amount of awareness and attention being placed on IT security threats – both from the inside and outside. It has emerged that external security breaches affected high profile organisations such as Amazon, HSBC and the UK railway network. But as the focus on defending against external breaches increases, can the same be said of internal threats? Here’s a … Read more

As you may or may not know, today is SysAdmin Day! In order to celebrate Sys Admins from all over the world we asked some of you on Spiceworks and LinkedIn what qualities you need if you want to survive in the world of system administration. Here 5 things you thought were important: 1. Patience Being a System Administrator often means completing tasks that require time and concentration. Sometimes you … Read more

A few weeks ago, InfoSecurity – Europe’s largest Information Security industry event – took place in London and we at Lepide exhibited our auditing and monitoring solution for the first time. Now that we have had time to collect our thoughts we thought it would be a good idea to share what we learnt from talking to some of the industry’s experts. What we learnt is that, despite evidence of … Read more

Is auditing important? With the rising number of security threats, and increasing regularity and strictness of compliance mandates, auditing your IT environment is more important than it has ever been. Effective auditing will help you to fix IT problems faster and give you a better understanding of what’s happening in your IT environment. Modern organizations must have a mature approach to auditing to ensure adequate systems management, security and compliance. … Read more

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