In decades past, an entire enterprise might have been sufficiently managed through just a handful of privileged credentials. These credentials and their accompanying passwords would have been simple to remember and simple to communicate to team members that needed them. Times have changed.
Today’s environmental complexity means privileged credentials are needed for a multitude of different account types: from domain admin and sysadmin to workstations with admin rights, operating systems (Windows, Unix, Linux, etc.), directory services, databases, applications, cloud instances, networking hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), social media, and much more. Organizations now have privileged credentials virtually everywhere and they all need to be managed in order to stay secure. When unmanaged, these privileged credentials pose a significant threat from both external hackers and insider threats that can present a “game over event” for an organization or its team members.
While some new and innovative solutions can help protect against or detect the initial infection, they are not guaranteed to stop 100% of malicious activity. The volume and frequency of privilege-based attacks continues to increase and test the limits of existing security controls and solution implementations.
The book Privileged Attack Vectors: Building Effective Cyber-Defense Strategies to Protect Organizations details the risks associated with poor privilege management, the techniques that hackers and insiders leverage, and the defensive measures that organizations must adopt to protect against a breach, protect against lateral movement, and improve the ability to detect hacker activity or insider threats in order to mitigate the impact.
This book, authored by our Chief Technology Officer, Morey J. Haber, and Chief Operations Officer, Brad Hibbert, identifies how identities, credentials, enterprise passwords, and exploits can be leveraged to escalate privileges during an attack and breach an environment. It presents twelve logical steps that organizations can take to:
- Implement a secure privileged attack defensive
- Comply with privileged regulatory audit requirements
- Mitigate privileged threats through least privilege, access control, and session management
- Credential and password best practices to secure privileged access in any environment
- Integrate privileged access management into your existing systems and workflow
Cyber-attacks continue to increase in volume and sophistication. It is not a matter of if, but when, your organization will be breached. Attackers target the perimeter network, but, in recent years, have refocused their efforts on the path of least resistance: users and their privileges. This new book from the thought leaders at BeyondTrust will help you understand the risks and build a solid defense to protect your most prized credentials.
And if you’re ready to explore ways to help your organization defend against cyber threats, check out this on-demand webinar, "Privileged Attack Vectors & How to Build Effective Defense Strategies".