Amid increasingly common data breaches, it has become clear that hackers’ favorite targets are privileged account credentials, especially those of security, IT and database administrators. Since this information can give hackers access to critical systems without triggering any alarms, it is no wonder that this particular attack vector has been used time and time again, including in the major breaches at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Target. Outside third-parties and vendors with privileged access are also prime targets because they often use legacy access methods that create unrestricted and unmonitored attack footholds in a network. Read more.