Passwords embedded in code are easy targets for password guessing exploits, allowing hackers and malware to hijack software, firmware, systems, and devices. Hardcoded/embedded credentials are commonly used in these ways:
Default, hardcoded passwords may be used across many of the same application instances, devices, and systems, which helps simplify setup at scale, but at the same time, poses considerable cybersecurity risk. Most organizations lack insight into where and how embedded passwords are being used. Admins may also be reluctant to change these passwords for fear of breaking an application or system.
Securing embedded passwords requires separating the password from the code, so that when not in use, it’s securely stored in a centralized password safe. This demands an application password management solution that can reliably automate the discovery of default and hardcoded credentials, replace them with API calls, and bring them under centralized management.
Removing embedded credentials eliminates dangerous backdoors across your enterprise that could otherwise be easily exploited by hackers and malware.
Strong application password security helps ensure the applications themselves, as well as application-to-application and application-to-database communications, run smoothly.
Centralized storage and management of application, script, and other non-human credentials helps ensure that you can protect them with the same high security standards as with your other highly privileged credentials.