Theft or misuse of critical information assets from compromised insiders, in most cases, occurs as organizations fail to timely detect unusual or suspicious activities around privileged accounts— gateway to highly confidential information that is stored in database servers, devices, applications of a typical data center.
While a growing crop of organizations—large or small—are turning more vigilant in protecting the outer periphery by deploying expensive network security solutions to thwart cyber attacks, IT systems often in the case of a breach lack proper mechanism in place to protect data from rogue insiders entrusted to access privileged accounts.
As discussed in one of the earlier articles, privileged accounts tend to multiply as organizations expand their IT infrastructure that includes a host of devices, operating systems, and network security solutions. A typical data center of a mid-sized organization consists 500 to 1000 devices which translates in to about 500 privileged accounts, found our recent survey report.
If organizations fail to closely monitor who is accessing trusted privileges and for what purpose, data breach threats invariably rise as rogue insiders look to take advantage of compromised inner periphery of IT systems.
Adding to the woes is the average amount of time spent on detecting a breach. Several studies suggest that an average time organizations take to detect data breach ranges between 90 and 180 days.
That’s why it is imperative for global organizations to add more security layers around privileged access that allow constant and real-time surveillance of activities around trusted privileges.
Session monitoring, capturing and reviewing logs of all critical sessions with real-time analytics from dashboard and reports allows organizations to remain alert all the time.
ARCON’s highly-effective enterprise-class solution—Privileged Access Management (PAM) for instance, provides an audit trail of access requests while its Custom Access Control feature allows the IT security personnel to define access based on the requirement and job profile.
The bottom-line: Data is the most prized-asset in the age of digitized economy. Threat to information assets not only arises from external malefactors but compromised insiders can also misuse sensitive information. Therefore, organizations need to be on toes all the time to timely detect any suspicious activities around privileged access. Deploying Privileged Access Management helps in mitigating that risk.
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.