Track Privileged Accounts to Avoid Catastrophe

The advancement in information technology has brought forth boon on one hand and bane on the other. While technology advancements like cloud computing and big data have created IT operational efficiencies, a large pool of data created out of it has resulted in security vulnerabilities.

It is a challenge for IT pros of a typical modern-day enterprise with vast IT infrastructure to keep a check on current and emerging cyber vulnerabilities, threatening the security posture. Malicious insiders pose one of the biggest IT threats today. Indeed, several research reports indicate around 70% of data breach incidents stem from disgruntled or compromised corporate malefactors targeting privileged accounts.

To counter this enormous challenge, organizations are adopting best privileged identities management practices like Multi-Factor Authentication, Session Monitoring, Password Management, Granular Control among many other security controls.

However, one security area often overlooked is the tracking or discovery of privileged accounts. The risk of data breach incidents rises significantly if IT administrators fail to keep a track of all privileged accounts available in the enterprise network.

An IT environment is not static nor are the number of privileged accounts. As business operations expand, critical applications also rise. It updates over time and environment. Indeed, just think about multiple layers of IT infrastructure having a host of databases and business critical applications. It could lead to an IT catastrophe if even a single privileged account is left deactivated or unaccounted– paving the way for a malefactor to abuse data..

That’s why in order to securely manage the life cycle of a privileged account, it is imperative to have auto-discovery as a security component in an enterprise privileged identity management. Auto-discovery helps in searching and figuring out hidden privileged user accounts which were created earlier but not deactivated in spite of being inactive/ non-operational. This way, it could mitigate insider threat vulnerabilities.

Moreover, auto-discovery ensures practicing the principle of least privilege as auto-discovery brings to notice those identities that are granted unnecessary privileged entitlements during the course of time.

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 | Secure Compliance Management is a vulnerability assessment tool.

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