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Protecting privileged accounts … beyond the perimeter security

p>Perimeter security is receiving the utmost attention nowadays as advanced cyber threats originating from rogue state actors, hackers and cyber criminals targeting critical information assets have sharply increased.

Today, malware and ransomware attacks are most widely feared threats along with insider threats.

Malware is a malicious software program that masquerades as an antivirus software to steal information. Some of the high-profile data breach incidents in the recent past involving top retailers saw data (credit card details) getting stolen from point-of-sales terminals.

In such cases, the staff is usually tricked to install disguised software. This malware later captures the details of customers’ credit cards while they are swiped.

Once this malicious program is unleashed into the systems, it acts like a serious bug, which will get terminated only if the systems are patched or taken out of the service.

Malware attacks are not just confined to point-of-sales terminals though. Organizations spanning wide-ranging industries… from healthcare to utilities and from financial institutions to government organizations… risk their IT systems getting compromised if the perimeter lacks vital security components.

Malware can cause a major damage if privileged accounts are not protected and monitored. Indeed, advanced attackers often target privileged accounts to steal sensitive information. They tap these elevated accounts to pick up passwords and access codes.

And that’s why reinforcing perimeter security with firewalls, antimalware solutions is not sufficient. As cyber criminals are highly advanced these days, organizations need to strengthen their privileged access by deploying Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution solution. It essentially provides additional layers of protection that not only helps monitoring and blocking suspicious activities around privileged accounts but also prevents the spread of malware.

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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