Great book: a fascinating true story about spying in the time of the cold war

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Great book: a fascinating true story about spying in the time of the cold war

I recently read Ben MacIntyre’s latest book The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War. I have read a number of his books and found them highly enjoyable, and this is no exception.  John Le Carre describes this as ‘The

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IBM Policy Manager – implementing file blocking on Mac OS/X

IBM Privilege Manager

IBM Policy Manager – implementing file blocking on Mac OS/X

I’ve recently started working with IBM Privilege Manager (from Thycotic), which enables organisations to remove local administrative rights from endpoints, or ‘implement Least Privilege and Application Control. Among other things you can specify the name of an executable file which you want blocked. (In fact you

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Privilege Manager configuration errors…

IBM Privilege Manager IBM Security Secret Server

Privilege Manager configuration errors…

As I wrote back in May, I’m delighted that IBM Security is OEMing Thycotic’s Privileged Identity Management Technology. IBM Security Secret Server is a brilliant product, and I’m still getting my head around it. One little ‘gotcha’ I discovered: I had all the software installed, or so

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IBM Security to OEM Thycotic’s Privileged Identity Management Technology

IBM IBM Privilege Manager IBM Security Secret Server

IBM Security to OEM Thycotic’s Privileged Identity Management Technology

I’m delighted that IBM Security is to OEM Thycotic’s Privileged Identity Management Technology. As part of this agreement, IBM Security will now offer a new privileged access management solution, IBM Security Secret Server, powered by Thycotic’s technology.
There’s more information about this at https://thycotic.com/company/blog/2018/05/15/thycotic-announces-ibm-security-oem-privileged-identity-management-technology/ and https://www.ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/secret-server

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My iPhone Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

Misc Technical

My iPhone Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

I recently succeeded in putting my Sudoku Solver iPhone app on the Apple App Store, so if anyone’s interested you can find it just by searching for ‘Vaughan Harper’ in the App Store app on an iPhone. It does include the capability to solve Sudoku

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A gotcha when installing IBM Security Directory Server on Windows 2012 R2…

ISDS

A gotcha when installing IBM Security Directory Server on Windows 2012 R2…

If you are installing IBM Security Directory Server on Windows 2012 R2 then ensure you disable User Account Control (UAC) by doing the following:
1. Go to Control Panel -> User Accounts -> User Accounts, click Change User Account Control settings, then select Never notify.
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ISIGI virtual appliance – handy command line tools for uploading, deleting and tailing files…

ISIGI

ISIGI virtual appliance – handy command line tools for uploading, deleting and tailing files…

I recently discovered some useful command line tools available for uploading, deleting and tailing files on the IBM Security Identity Governance and Intelligence (ISIGI) virtual appliance:
1. Transferring connector files to the virtual appliance using scp
As described in the ISIGI documentation it is possible to upload connector

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ISIGI Identity Broker administrative password resynchronization

ISIGI

ISIGI Identity Broker administrative password resynchronization

The IBM Security Identity Governance and Intelligence (ISIGI) Identity Broker has an administrative password which appears to be stored in two different places and which sometimes get out of sync. I don’t know all the details as to what is going on under the covers

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The program can’t start because libtrc.dll is missing from your computer…

ISDS

The program can’t start because libtrc.dll is missing from your computer…

If you get the error “The program can’t start because libtrc.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem” (like in the screenshot below) when you’re trying to run a command with IBM Security Directory Server (ISDS) on a Windows

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A new challenge…

ISIGI

A new challenge…

I’m now going to be specialising in IBM’s governance product, IBM Security Identity Governance and Intelligence (ISIGI). The product is very powerful, containing a huge amount of functionality, so it will be hard work to get my head around it, but I’m looking forward to

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