Recent activity with the Heartbleed vulnerability has the industry reeling and re-evaluating their security controls. We recently posted about the Rackspace response to this event, but while security is top-of-mind we’d like to share a new white paper on the topic of “Cloud Security in an Agile World.”
Part of our Fanatical Support promise is to ensure the security and health of your systems. It is of the utmost importance to us. So when the entire Linux Community, including Rackspace, was notified yesterday of the “Heartbleed” vulnerability within OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160), the encryption software found in many Linux systems, we began plans to proactively patch your affected servers where we could.
At Rackspace, Fanatical Support is part of everything we do, especially when it comes to security. We work hard to secure your environment using tools, technology, policies, procedures and different teams with different specializations and skills.
We’ve all experienced it before – an inadvertent change that caused a cascading failure. It could be the change of a file’s headers that caused a script to fail. Or the removal of a node from a load balancer that is causing high response times. Or even the new guy who cuts his teeth by deleting a production server accidentally.
Time-based access tools are a great way to give someone temporary access to your code or service. It’s like going on vacation and giving your neighbor the keys to your house; the only difference is the keys automatically stop working when you get back from your trip. There are several tools that developers can use if they want to grant access based on a time restriction.
In May, we began offering limited availability of the Brocade Vyatta vRouter. This network appliance allows us to provide you software-based networking and securityfeatures, such as virtual private network (VPN), firewall, network address translation (NAT) and routing capabilities in the next generation open cloud. Until today, all Cloud Account customers who were interested in using the vRouter had to apply for access to this software appliance. Today, we are removing this limitation and offering unlimited availability of the vRouter to all of our Cloud Account customers.
Meeting Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) can be a complex and costly exercise for the average ecommerce merchant. What’s challenging is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving and maintaining PCI compliance.
No one sees the need for insurance when life is going well. In fact, we often complain about paying monthly premiums on something that we’ll “never need anyway.” But once that car wreck, house fire or flood happens, we’re thankful we have the policy. Many startups view security in the same light as flood or fire insurance; it doesn’t get the same love that building an application or growing the company gets. But every day that startup founders neglect security is another day they’re exposing themselves to serious risk.
What can safe crackers and hamburgers teach us about preventing password security breaches? And what’s the difference between encryption and hashing anyway? Salting? Bcrypt? We all know that password security is very important; the fear of a password security breach keeps developers up at night, and if it happens at the wrong time it can shatter users’ confidence in your software or stunt your application’s growth. There are a lot of different ways to protect passwords, so how do we know which one to choose?