Every organization has suspicious IT users. And it goes without saying. How many times do we uncover that John Doe working let’s say as a business consultant with lots of expectations, climbing up the corporate ladder very fast within a short span of time and comes into the limelight of management due to his strong business acumen and contributions misuses his privileges and the trust to harm an organization? Unfortunately corporate insiders are the biggest threat to critical business information today. Organizations are paying a heavy price time and again for keeping a lackadaisical attitude with regard to insider threats. Greed and disgruntlement leads corporate insiders to misuse endpoint privileges far too often.
Where organization’s err?
In a digital economy an enterprise has hundreds or thousands of endpoints (laptops, desktops) and end-users to manage day-to-day administrative tasks.The risk factor significantly rises if endpoint privileges can easily be misused by malicious insiders. For example, critical applications are easily accessible to end-users, even if they are not entitled to access. These uncontrolled and unmonitored endpoint privilege access environment can result into data exfiltration and corporate espionage. The bottom-line: It is extremely important to monitor and restrict unauthorized access to endpoint privileges.
What could be done?
The least-privilege principle should be applied to protect endpoint privileges. Access to all applications should be granted on need-to-know and need-to-do principle. In other words, an administrator should grant endpoint privilege based on end-user’s specific job functionality and revoke these rights after the task is completed. ARCON | Privilege Endpoint Management provides security and risk management team an added layer of security. The tool ensures greater visibility over endpoints. The solution reinforces protection for endpoint privileges through a rule-based restrictive privilege elevation policy to access critical applications. The solution helps building the foundation for a better Zero Trust framework.
ARCON is a leading enterprise risk control solutions provider, specializing in risk-predictive technologies. ARCON | User Behaviour Analytics enables to monitor end-user activities in real time. ARCON | Privileged Access Management reinforces access control and mitigates data breach threats. ARCON | Endpoint Privilege Management mitigates risks arising out of endpoints. ARCON | Secure Compliance Management is a vulnerability assessment tool.