In many cases, advanced attackers are focused on achieving domain administrator privileges because of the unrestricted access and control these credentials have in the IT landscape. With proactive protection and threat detection, organizations can effectively thwart attackers’ attempts to steal credentials and move laterally through the network. Download this whitepaper to learn more about how organizations can design and implement strategies to protect access to domain administrator credentials.
Advanced Threat Protection
This white paper presents the security pains prevalent in Unix environments and offers some advice on what requirements to look for when evaluating solutions for these pains.
Privileged account security solutions contain organizations’ most sensitive assets, and as such, it’s critical that these solutions be purposefully designed with security in mind. The paper documents security controls that are built directly into the CyberArk Digital Vault to help organizations protect their highly sensitive privileged account information.
Attackers exploit valid credentials and/or privileged accounts 100% of the time. With those kinds of statistics, it is hard to imagine companies still turn a blind eye. The cost of doing nothing is routinely displayed in the endless stream of reports detailing yet another compromise in companies large and small around the globe. Every industry in every sector of the economy is susceptible to the risk of having their own privileged accounts exploited.
As organizations look to implement a solution to proactively protect and monitor privileged accounts, it is important to evaluate the business need against the options available and determine the optimal solution based on best practices. The process of securing privileged accounts should be on-going with continuous evaluation and adjustments to improve security as the business and threat landscape changes.
Federal agencies are required by law to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which references the NIST SP 800-53 Recommendations. The long-awaited Revision 4 represents the first major review of the Recommendations in almost four years. These changes have important ramifications for agencies that need to be FISMA compliant.
A primary driver for updating the NIST Recommendations was to help organizations confront advanced persistent threats (APTs). Many controls and control enhancements were added to address APTs, including increased requirements for securing privileged accounts.
Privileged accounts are specifically targeted by APTs because they enable broad access to critical assets. When a privileged account is compromised, the attacker has the power to gain access to a vast amount of data, and their activity can be extremely hard to detect. The release of Revision 4 will prompt many agencies to focus on improving the security of privileged accounts.
CyberArk’s solutions can help agencies to effectively and efficiently meet the full range of requirements regarding privileged accounts. The solutions are enterprise-proven in large and mid-sized government and commercial organizations. CyberArk is the trusted expert in privileged account security and compliance.