7 Steps of a Cyber Attack and What You Can do to Protect Your Windows Privileged Accounts

Derek A. Smith, Founder, National Cybersecurity Education Center

About this White Paper

Windows privileged accounts are routinely exploited, resulting in data breaches and damaged networks / systems, while also frequently leaving organizations susceptible to future exploits. Regardless of how an attacker compromises your network, once on the inside, the modus operandi is almost invariably to seek out privileged accounts and escalate privileged access. So, what can you do to improve your defenses? Download this white paper to learn:

  • The various threats to Windows privileged accounts
  • The phases of a cyber-attack
  • How to defend against an attack each step of the way
  • How to improve your Windows privileged access management strategy

With the ubiquity of Microsoft products (MS Office, Azure, etc.), protecting your privileged Windows accounts should be a security priority. Download this white paper now to get on the path to improving your Windows privileged account security.


Derek A. Smith, Founder, National Cybersecurity Education Center

Derek A. Smith is an expert at cybersecurity, cyber forensics, healthcare IT, SCADA security, physical security, investigations, organizational leadership and training. He is currently the Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives for the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College, responsible to perform complex duties relating to the development and coordination of cyber initiatives at NCI. Formerly, he has worked for a number of IT companies including Computer Sciences Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton. Derek spent 18 years as a special agent for various government agencies and the military. He has also taught business and IT courses at several universities for over 20 years. Derek has served in the US Navy, Air Force and Army for a total of 24 years. He completed an MBA, MS in IT Information Assurance, Masters in IT Project Management, and a BS in Education.