PROTECTION FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MOST VALUABLE ASSETS

Privileged account credentials are the keys to the IT kingdom. They provide access to your most valuable assets and are a cyber attacker’s prime target. In the wrong hands, they can be used to cause serious damage to your business.

Select your role below and explore a range of interactive content to understand how privileged account compromise could impact your business and the relevance to your role within the organization.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

In many organizations privileged account management falls somewhere between security and operations – with the result that the issue can often go unaddressed. But the threats and repercussions of an attack have the potential to strike at the very heart of the enterprise. With so much on the line, business leaders have no option but to understand privileged account security and take action to protect the business.

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PROTECTING
PRIVILEGED ACCOUNTS

There is much you can do to diminish the threat from attacks on privileged accounts. Adhering to a set of best practices throughout your organization minimizes the number of vulnerable points left exposed. You can also install an integrated privileged account security solution that proactively protects your network and sensitive data, and monitors, detects, alerts and responds to misuse.

THE C-LEVEL PERSPECTIVE

Privileged account breaches can have serious consequences for an organization, from financial loss to intellectual property theft to complete business disruption. The management of privileged accounts rarely sits at the C-level, but these attacks can cause the most damage. Therefore they deserve strategic focus and proactive action from every C-level executive.

IT SECURITY

100% of cyber attacks involve privileged accounts. With figures like that, the question is not whether security professionals protect them, but how. A comprehensive solution requires a broad security layer inside the network, with tiers of protection for a defense-in-depth strategy. Regardless of your particular environment, a reliable solution that accounts for all your requirements is a crucial component.

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UNDERSTANDING
PRIVILEGED ACCOUNT SECURITY

Your privileged accounts hold the keys to your IT kingdom. These accounts are essential for managing systems and applications, and they are everywhere in every organization. They are also a key target for attackers, who covet their covert access to the most critical parts of your network and the most sensitive of your data.

PROTECTING ALL SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS

An effective privileged account security strategy demands integration with all systems and applications in your environment. This might be cloud if your business relies on IaaS or involves a lot of SaaS solutions, or Unix if you rely on Unix systems. Learn more about how you can integrate privileged account security with your most valuable assets.

VIRTUAL AND PHYSICAL SERVERS

Privileged accounts present a potential attack path and exist across your systems – including your Windows and Unix servers. Find out about securing this critical part of your network.

CLOUD/IAAS

Cloud environments give us more flexibility and computing power than ever before, but they also open up new avenues of attack, including via IaaS and SaaS management and administrator accounts.

UNIX/SSH KEYS

Unix environments are made up of tens or hundreds of systems accessed by privileged users – an approach that brings with it its own heightened security risks.

DATABASES/BUSINESS APPLICATIONS/SAAS

Business applications and databases store and access critical information, including financial records, intellectual property and personally identifiable information (PII) of employees and customers. Whether on-premises or in the cloud, any compromise can cause real and lasting damage.

WORKSTATIONS

If local administrator accounts are poorly managed, the network can become vulnerable to pass-the-hash attacks and other damaging compromises. A balance between security and convenient access is necessary to mitigate the risk.

SECURITY SOLUTIONS

Even the security solutions you deploy to protect your business are controlled by privileged accounts. In the event of compromise, your security solution can actually be turned against you and used to attack – not defend – the enterprise.

NETWORK DEVICES

Network devices are at the very foundation of your IT infrastructure. But if control of these devices falls into the wrong hands, it can put all your data and operations at risk.

SOLUTION
PURCHASING GUIDANCE

Selecting a privileged account security solution is a major decision. This solution will defend some of your most valuable assets, so you’ll want to know it is robust and just as sophisticated as today’s cyber criminals. You’ll also need answers to important questions about its compatibility with your systems, suitability for your requirements and ease of management.

IT OPERATIONS

Privileged account management is as much an operations as a security issue. Guarding your systems against threat is essential, but this should be balanced with your organization’s demands for system uptime, productivity and access. You also need to be confident that any privileged account security solution will yield strong ROI, both for now and in years to come.

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PRODUCTIVITY AND PRIVILEGED ACCOUNT SECURITY

Productivity is not just a case of making sure your security solution doesn’t hamper your organization. With the right software, you can actually boost productivity in the enterprise. A carefully chosen solution has the potential to allow you to respond to new threats with streamlined investment, provide a central platform for management, automate key tasks and generally make your admin users more productive.

EFFICIENCY IN ACTION

In large national and international organizations, privileged account management can have a huge, positive impact on operations. The right solution can drive efficiency in many ways. This varies from organization to organization, but can include centralizing the management of accounts for a global workforce, freeing up staff to work on other critical tasks and accelerating the auditing process.

AUDIT AND COMPLIANCE

Today’s industry and government regulations often mean that organizations are expected to be able to secure access to valuable assets and pinpoint who was using a certain privileged account at a certain time. In organizations with shared accounts and vast numbers of workstations, devices and applications, this can be extremely difficult. Fortunately, there are high-performance solutions that automate this, tracking, logging and recording privileged account activity across your network.

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PRIVILEGED ACCOUNT SECURITY AND AUDIT/COMPLIANCE

Privileged user activity is difficult – if not impossible – to track manually. Automating the tracking, monitoring and recording of privileged activity is critical for meeting internal audit and compliance requirements.

COMPLIANCE BY REGULATION

ISO

Many global organizations incorporate the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 27002 standard as part of their information security program.

PCI

Card processing compliance is governed by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

SARBANES-OXLEY

A legislative framework for ensuring the integrity and accuracy of public company financial statements.

NIST SP 800-53

Federal agencies are required to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), with reference to the NIST SP 800-53 recommendations.

NERC CIP

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) provides requirements for safeguarding utility generation sites.

MAS-TRM

The Monetary Authority of Singapore’s guidelines for financial institutions confronting technology risk management.

US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CDM

US Department of Homeland Security guidance covering least-privilege policies and infrastructure integrity as part of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program.