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It’s a Wonderful Cloud-a Security Carol

Just a bit of fun and warm wishes this holiday season: A visit from Security Claus

Happy holidays to all of you and may the season keep your perimeters protected, your assets secure and your networks free of nasty little elves!

Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the net
No access was stirring;
No hackers as yet.

Murphy in sales was showing his app
Tweeting and downloading with only a tap
I grumble and moan ‘cause I know it to be.
That his iPhone and iPad was BYOD

Then out on the site there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the help desk to see what was the matter.
Without my UniSec dashboard, I would not know
If the network alert meant friend or meant foe.

Cor’lating data from SIEM, Log and ID
Who’s accessing what assets was now clear to me
I knew it in real time where the problem arose
An old password, an account that we froze.

I saw the address was from Kuala Lumpur
Trying to suck data through an open back door
I plugged up the breach, no data would leak
No access tonight—not even a peek.

“Now SIEM! Now, Log! Now, Access and ID!
On, SSO! On WebAuth and Active D’rctry!
To the depths of the servers and the perimeter beyond!
In the cloud, from the cloud, my worries now gone!

Compliance and provisioning unified in the cloud
No CapX, less budget made the CFO proud
My holistic vantage of the entire org
Keep vulnerabilities quiet, risk barred at the door.

But hear me exclaim, and I’ll do it quite loud ,
Security is powerful, affordable when managed from the cloud!

Kevin Nikkhoo
Security Claus
www.cloudaccess.com

More Stories By Kevin Nikkhoo

With more than 32 years of experience in information technology, and an extensive and successful entrepreneurial background, Kevin Nikkhoo is the CEO of the dynamic security-as-a-service startup Cloud Access. CloudAccess is at the forefront of the latest evolution of IT asset protection--the cloud.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from McGill University, Master of Computer Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the University of Southern California with emphasis in entrepreneurial studies.

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