Structuring IT infrastructure in multiple layers of devices and applications brings many benefits.
As we discussed earlier, multiple layers of devices allow flexibility in managing vendors and streamlines operations as firm can assign separate teams for overseeing each layer. Likewise, it helps in averting total system breakdown as there is no single point of failure.
Nevertheless, each installation increases administrative logins, root accounts in shared file system and network layers, including the privilege service and process accounts on the application and database layers.
In a nutshell, it leads to a multitude of systems that need constant monitoring against malicious actors. Unfortunately, firms often fail to address this vulnerability. Organizations are often completely ignorant or pay scant attention to the number of privileged identities that exist within their IT ecosystem.
If an attacker breaches a small subset of vulnerable administrative accounts, the installed system in question can get compromised without leaving any hint.
Adding to the woes is the amount of time it takes to discover a data breach given the fact that there are hundreds of privileged accounts administered in a given IT ecosystem.
In its 2016, Data Breach investigation report, Verizon highlighted that it typically took months or even longer for most of the impacted companies to discover any privilege or insider misuse.
The Bottom Line: Having prepackaged firewall installed into systems or having traditional Identity and Access control tools in place is simply not enough to safeguard digital assets in this increasing digitized era. To defend highly critical assets like data, organizations will need to integrate powerful automated software like Privileged Identity Management to constantly monitor and block privilege misuse.
ARCON is a leading enterprise risk control solutions provider, specializing in risk-predictive technologies. ARCON | User Behavior Analytics enables to monitor end-user activities in real time. ARCON | Privileged Access Management reinforces access control and mitigates data breach threats. ARCON | Secure Compliance Management is a vulnerability assessment tool.
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