Employees routinely use applications that provide access to sensitive data. These enterprise application accounts may not be "privileged" in the traditional sense, but they can provide sensitive access that poses risk. Moreover, IT often lacks visibility into these business accounts provisioned outside of the SSO.
If a business account is hijacked, such as by cracking a weak password, a threat actor can gain the initial foothold they need, or execute lateral movement to advance their attack.
When you consider these business account passwords are often shared, and re-used across different applications—and even personal accounts—you begin to see how the attack surface expands. A threat actor can chain together an attack pathway with one set of compromised credentials that gives access to many accounts.
According to the 2023 Verizon DBRI, 86% of breaches involve stolen credentials, and web application attacks account for 25% of breaches (largely leveraging stolen credentials and vulnerabilities) .
While better than nothing, consumer-grade password managers fall short in providing the necessary safeguards, auditability, and reporting capabilities to meet enterprise-level security and compliance. For instance, consumer-grade password managers may be susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, session token theft, and installation of keylogging malware. Vulnerabilities in these tools can expose sensitive credentials to attackers.
Workforce Passwords works differently to counteract these threats.
BeyondTrust Password Safe, a leading Privileged Password Management solution, provides a built-in Workforce Passwords module that extends enterprise-class security, scalability, and auditing to business application passwords. With the Workforce Passwords add-on, business users get an easy to use yet secure method to store and manage their business application passwords.
“Password Safe with Workforce Passwords is a game-changer for us. We need the visibility, access control and the audit support Workforce Passwords supplies, which we just can't get with consumer-grade password managers. And we are leveraging all the strengths of our existing Password Safe implementation, like password policy enforcement and detailed activity reporting.”
BeyondTrust Customer, Fortune 100 Manufacturing Industry
Workforce Passwords fits neatly inside user workflows, complimenting their productivity and delivering the password security your policies require.
By allowing users to quickly onboard through familiar platforms like the Chrome Web Store or Microsoft Edge Add On Store, enterprises ensure rapid adoption and secure quicker onboarding times. This delivers immediate security improvements by bringing employee business credentials under compliance with IT policies.
A browser extension enhances the user experience by simplifying the process of retrieving and injecting secrets. Fast injection encourages consistent use of the password manager for all business applications and reduces the temptation to revert to insecure practices like writing down passwords or using overly simplistic ones.
Workforce Passwords improves baseline password security across the enterprise in at least several significant ways:
All of this gets your organization closer towards achieving a paramount security goal— greatly reducing or eliminating potential weak points that attackers might exploit.
The ability to track, analyze, and review user actions is vital for regulatory compliance as well as for satisfying cyber insurance risk underwriters. With Workforce Passwords, benefit from a holistic view of password health. Pinpoint suspicious activities with access to employee business applications, so you can respond fast.
By implementing BeyondTrust Password Safe with Workforce Passwords, organizations can reduce the risk associated with password compromise—further making the enterprises more attractive candidates for cyber insurance coverage. This is in addition to the cyber insurance requirements Password Safe helps address around managing, securing, and auditing privileged accounts and credentials.
The sprawl of multiple password management toolsets across an enterprise could entail:
And some organizations may have multiple tool sets across each category—and all from different vendors!
BeyondTrust Password Safe provides a comprehensive, unified product to secure privileged credentials and sessions, DevOps secrets, keys, business application passwords, and more. Gain control of your identity security by streamlining best-practice security across privileged and non-privileged accounts—with a single solution.
"BeyondTrust Password Safe can auto-inject credentials when remoting into a server, rather than having those credentials written down somewhere or saved in a password file or shared location. We can now automate that with Password Safe, integrate it with Remote Support and Privileged Access, and make it easier for our staff to get in under common logins."
—Mike Weiss, Information Technology Director, City of Midlothian
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