3 Security Best Practices We Used to Build a Strong Foundation at Threat Stack

As a security company, Threat Stack prioritized the implementation of security best practices from day one. To share our experience, this post focuses on three basic best practices our engineering team implemented when we first started out. They’re quick to set up and can produce measurable improvements right out of the gate — and for that reason, we believe they’re table stakes for anyone building a technology business in the cloud. Read more “3 Security Best Practices We Used to Build a Strong Foundation at Threat Stack”

Destiny is Defined by the Journey: Evident.io Acquired by Palo Alto Networks

Congratulations to Evident.io on having your cloud story acquired by Palo Alto Networks. Your vision, passion, and commitment have been rightly recognized and rewarded.

At Threat Stack we are thrilled by this news — this acquisition further validates the conviction of the IT security market to invest in, and adapt, their approaches to the changing needs of customers driven by broad public cloud adoption. After all, no company is just a software company — they are also quickly becoming a cloud company. Read more “Destiny is Defined by the Journey: Evident.io Acquired by Palo Alto Networks”

How to Answer Tough Board-Level Security & Compliance Questions in 2018

GDPR. Meltdown. Spectre. SOC 2. Coming at you like mosquitos on a hot summer night, these topics are of top concern for board members and security teams alike this year. But what do you do when these issues really aren’t of concern to your particular organization? And how can you put your board and executive team at ease when these issues hit the news?

Our CSO Sam Bisbee spoke about ways to handle and prepare for each of these hot ticket questions in yesterday’s webinar. You can view the entire webinar or read our recap below so you can begin preparing today. Read more “How to Answer Tough Board-Level Security & Compliance Questions in 2018”

Resources to Help You Carry Out Your 2018 Security Resolutions

The other week we outlined a number of resolutions to put you on the path to a cyber-secure 2018. In this post we’re going to direct you to some of the resources we produced in 2017 that will help you carry out those resolutions.

2017 was an eventful year in the cybersecurity world — to say the least! It seems that every day a new threat or major breach was causing a stir — whether it was Equifax, the RNC voter data exposure, WannaCry, Uber, Alteryx, or — to start the new year — Spectre and Meltdown!

If you want to take a look at the World’s Worst Data Breaches, here you go. But we’re going to stick to our preferred approach: After you read the splashy headlines, look inward to make sure your own data and systems are secure. To help you secure and manage your cloud environments, we’ve put together a summary of a few of the great resources we produced in 2017. Read more “Resources to Help You Carry Out Your 2018 Security Resolutions”

Threat Stack’s 2018 New Year’s Security Resolutions

Insights from
Chris Ford, VP of Product, and Pete Cheslock, Senior Director of Operations and Support

Instead of the “predictions” that are usually offered up at this time of year, we decided to focus on security resolutions. So rather than surveying a variety of issues that might (or might not) affect your security operations in the coming year, we want to talk about resolutions that, if you put them into play and follow through rigorously, will offer a sure way of strengthening your organization’s security habits and posture.

Security should never be thought of as a one-and-done proposition. It’s an ongoing, evolving process, and instead of “getting secure,” smart organizations focus on continuously improving their security postures. As with any other type of improvements you want to make, it can be helpful to take a moment to pause and consider your goals for the coming year. Instead of good intentions that don’t translate into action, make resolutions around the reality of today’s security landscape and the very real challenges that are likely to arise in your organization in 2018.

To help you do this, we sat down with two of our cloud security experts, Chris Ford, VP of Product, and Pete Cheslock, Senior Director of Operations and Support, to ask them what resolutions they recommend companies make regarding security in 2018. Here’s what they had to say. Read more “Threat Stack’s 2018 New Year’s Security Resolutions”

Is Your Infrastructure Too Unique for a Cloud Security Tool?

Every organization orchestrates their infrastructure in their own way, but more often than not, most cloud environments have a lot in common. Since infrastructure security is embedded at the technology layer of your stack, many security tools on the market today can meet the needs of even the most unique cloud configurations. In this post, we’ll explain why that is. Read more “Is Your Infrastructure Too Unique for a Cloud Security Tool?”

How to Work Backwards to Develop a Sound Security Strategy

In today’s cloud-based environments, security threats can move faster and do more damage than ever before. To avoid a financial and technological repercussions, companies must be proactive with their security strategies and have the ability to act fast.

A common approach is to “over-secure” company systems, but this can unnecessarily limit employee access to important tools and hinder productivity. Alternatively, those who know security well realize that if you offer employees too much access, it can open your business to security vulnerabilities.

A better approach centers on striking the right balance between security and practicality, and the way companies can achieve this is by working backwards from the ideal security scenario to formulate their strategy.

In this post, we’ll explore ways that security leaders can approach technology in a manner that is both usable for employees but also secure for the company. To do this, they must begin with an analysis of the risks and the needs of their employees. Let’s dive in. Read more “How to Work Backwards to Develop a Sound Security Strategy”

People, Processes, & Technology: The 3 Elements of a Rockstar Security Organization

In our recent webinar, Automating Security & Compliance for Your Cloud Deployment, we explored ways that firms can scale their cloud security strategies through visibility and intrusion detection, security and compliance automation, and low-cost security practices.

Some organizations are especially successful when it comes to security preparedness. In the webinar, we discussed what makes the strongest teams stand out. It boils down to their unique approaches to people, processes, and technology and how theses elements are bound together by a common set of goals.

In this post, we’ll dig further into these three areas and define what you really need to create a rockstar security organization. Read more “People, Processes, & Technology: The 3 Elements of a Rockstar Security Organization”

Velocity and Security: 5 Posts to Help You Get Security Up to Speed

There’s a lot of talk in the business world — especially the software-driven side of it — about achieving and maintaining velocity. The ability to continuously release new code can be the difference between winning and losing.

But as Threat Stack’s CSO, Sam Bisbee, recently pointed out in InfoSecurity magazine, “The market’s investment in services and tools to automate business processes without incurring heavy maintenance costs has outpaced investment in the methods to secure them.” Sometimes we forget that, if security can’t keep up, it won’t matter how fast you get that new app out there. You’ll eventually be faced with a mountain of security-related headaches — or at least the stress of increased risk. Read more “Velocity and Security: 5 Posts to Help You Get Security Up to Speed”

Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, Introduces New and Enhanced AWS Services at re:Invent

Las Vegas — Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It was 8:00 a.m. when AWS CEO Andy Jassy took to the stage to offer up the latest AWS news and announcements. And offer up he did. To my recollection, the number of services announced today dwarfed anything unveiled at any previous AWS re:Invent show. (To see the ever-growing list of services debuted this year, head over to the AWS blog.)

The sheer number of new services blew away all expectations. Not only did Amazon announce new compute instances and enhancements to some of their existing services, but the big news was their flurry of announcements about new services that continue down the path of Serverless and Machine Learning.

Here are some of the highlights, along with my points of view from a DevOps perspective. Read more “Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, Introduces New and Enhanced AWS Services at re:Invent”