Are Your Privileged Accounts at Risk?
74% of breaches involve a privileged account, yet only 3/10 organisations have implemented a Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution. Its clear things need to change. To help organisations reduce their cyber risk and get the tangible data they need; we have teamed up with PAM specialists Remediant to offer a complimentary risk assessment of your privileged credentials.
The Security Problem
Data reveals on average, each corporate device astonishingly has 480 admin accounts accessing it 24×7, 365 days of the year. It is this “standing” access that malicious actors leverage to move laterally within a network, even when a password vaulting solution has been implemented.
According to Gartner, “even with PAM tools in place, the residual risk of users with standing privileges remains high”, and with access to a multitude of data and security controls, they are prime targets for malicious actors.
Therefore, if there are standing privileges in the environment, no matter how credentials are protected or monitored, they will always represent a risk to the organisation. Unfortunately, there is no automated method to remove that standing access across platforms; neither is there the mechanics in place to provide the appropriate access directly to user accounts only for the time desired.
So, How Do You Prioritise Risk?
It’s impossible to do everything, so what should you do? The fundamentals are simple; there are only three things that a malicious actor needs to succeed – (a) tools, (b) credentials and (c) time. Take any combination of those away from them, and they will fail. Next to that is having visibility on who’s using what?
Employing a comprehensive PAM program is a great starting point. It can strengthen the security of remote access by enabling full visibility over actions performed on mission-critical resources and help you to uncover and manage permissions that you didn’t even know existed. Once you have visibility and context, you can take control and begin to prioritise privilege accounts based on risk; which can be as simple as removing idle or unnecessary accounts from local and domain security authorities.
In short, a PAM solution enables organisations to address business challenges in the shortest possible time with minimal disruption to existing workflows. Alongside the ability to:
- Inventory privileged access on-premises, in the cloud, and in DevOps environments, whether obtained directly or indirectly to establish a baseline understanding of your privileged access risk.
- Prevent the creation of net new privileged access to ensure risk posture is maintained.
- Review and remove unauthorised accounts and establish Just-in-Time access for the authorised ones.
- Measure and report, on a continuous basis, the state of privileged access to meet key audit and compliance requirements.
We partner with Remediant to bring you the best cyber security solutions on the market. Remediant leads with innovation, delivering enterprise-class cyber security solutions that enable real-time monitoring, zero trust protection of privileged accounts and Just-In-Time Administration (JITA) across IT/Security ecosystems. And protect organisations from stolen credentials being used to take their data, which is the #1 attack vector across all breaches.
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