Tag: privileged

How to Choose the Right Privileged Access Management Solution

Researchers who study large-scale data breaches have concluded that nearly all successful attacks involve privileged account compromise. In the 2017 Yahoo! breach, attackers began by stealing a user’s credentials, then harvested privileged credentials from the local PC in order to gain access to higher-level assets. The 2015 attacks on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) followed a similar...

Five Tips for Protecting Privileged Access in DevOps and Cloud Environments

Rapid software development processes, IT automation, and the cloud enable organizations to respond more quickly to changing business demands. Increased agility brings greater risk, however. There are more opportunities for attackers to obtain privileged credentials that give them access to sensitive systems and data. Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) processes require that DevOps teams have privileged access to...

Many Federal Agencies Are Struggling to Meet ICAM Requirements

In 2009, the federal government began development of the Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) architecture to address security weaknesses across agencies in the areas of user identification and authentication. Established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the federal ICAM program provides guidance on IT policies, systems, and standards that help agencies monitor, manage, and secure access...

Report: Billions of Malicious Login Attempts Each Month — and Growing

Intuit recently notified users of its TurboTax software that their accounts might have been compromised using username/password combinations obtained from another source — what’s known as a credential-stuffing attack. The company said the hackers might have obtained the names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, and financial information of those affected. In credential stuffing, hackers use...

Research Digs into Privileged Access Management Capabilities and Challenges

Traditionally, workers relied on IT teams to provide privileged access to the resources needed to perform tasks. Today, workers demand unprecedented rights to perform tasks on servers, applications, data, and other IT resources. While privileged access can increase user freedom and productivity and reduce administrative efforts and costs, security requirements are rarely a consideration. The key is to determine...

Privileged Account Management Is Critical in the Cloud

Cloud Security
The move to the cloud began in earnest in 2007, as organizations looked for ways to cut capital expenses during the Great Recession. Fast-forward a decade, and the cloud is more popular than ever. According to a recent survey by LogicMonitor, 68 percent of workloads are running in public, private, or hybrid clouds, and that number will increase to...

How to Minimize the Risk of Local Admin Rights and Privileged Account Attacks

EPM
In our last post, we discussed the risks of granting administrator rights to end users at the workstation level. Local admin rights enable users — or hackers — to do whatever they want with a machine. An attacker who is able to obtain local admin credentials can launch a “pass-the-hash” attack, leveraging well-known Windows vulnerabilities to obtain higher-level privileged...

What Is Privileged Session Management and Why Is It Important?

PSM
The critical first step in privileged account management (PAM) is to identify, consolidate, and lock down privileged credentials so only authorized users have access to them. However, this is only the first step. To be effective, PAM should include privileged session management as well as credential protection. Privileged session management is a security control involving the monitoring and recording...

Automation Helps Meet Regulatory Requirements for Privileged Accounts

Automation
Privileged account security has become a focal point of many government and industry regulations. Take, for example, the latest version of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), which mandates security practices and controls that must be implemented by organizations that store, process, or transmit payment card data. PCI-DSS 3.2 requires that organizations change vendor-default passwords for privileged...

Overcoming the Operational Obstacles to Privileged Account Security

Clango
Privileged account management is one of the most critical components of any enterprise security strategy. Cybercriminals prize privileged account credentials because they provide administrator-level access to servers, security systems, network devices, databases, applications and other resources. If hackers are able to obtain the “keys to the kingdom,” they gain virtually unfettered access to an organization’s systems and data. Best...