CyberArk Labs Publishes New Privileged Credential Theft Research

April 10, 2018

Research Examines Use of Credential Theft Foresight in Detecting and Preventing Predictable Cyber Security Risk

NEWTON, Mass. and PETACH TIKVA, Israel – April 10, 2018 – CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR), the global leader in privileged access security, today released new research from CyberArk Labs introducing credential theft foresight as an effective approach to identifying network weak spots likely to expose privileged credentials to compromise.

The report, “Predicting Risk: Credential Theft Foresight,” examines how privilege escalation can be detected and neutralized, and how future risk can be prevented. This approach enables organizations to minimize the attack surface and improve their overall security posture.

The research identifies “HotSpots” and “ColdSpots” as indicators of weak areas on a network that are likely to be attacked. Organizations have an average 5.5 HotSpots, which are areas predictably vulnerable to attack that act as bottlenecks for dozens of potential attack vectors, on their networks at any given time. They also have an average 37 ColdSpots, which are machines hosting privileged accounts that could be targeted by attackers in an attempt to escalate privileges.

The research details:

  • Credential theft foresight as a significant defensive advantage over traditional security tools like vulnerability scanners and intrusion detection systems
  • The multi-step process for identifying and mitigating HotSpots and ColdSpots
  • Two use cases in applying credential theft risk mitigation techniques

To easily identify HotSpots in real time as they are created, CyberArk Labs also released a new tool – PreCog – that’s available now on GitHub:

CyberArk Labs researchers will be available at RSA Conference to discuss the research. They’ll also unveil new research in the RSA Conference session, “Sneak Your Way to Cloud Persistence – Shadow Admins Are Here to Stay,” on Thursday, April 19, at 9:15 a.m. PDT. To learn more, members of the CyberArk Labs team will be available at booth #4201.

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CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR) is the global leader in privileged access security, a critical layer of IT security to protect data, infrastructure and assets across the enterprise, in the cloud and throughout the DevOps pipeline. CyberArk delivers the industry’s most complete solution to reduce risk created by privileged credentials and secrets. The company is trusted by the world’s leading organizations, including more than 50 percent of the Fortune 100, to protect against external attackers and malicious insiders. A global company, CyberArk is headquartered in Petach Tikva, Israel, with U.S. headquarters located in Newton, Mass. The company also has offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Japan. To learn more about CyberArk, visit, read the CyberArk blogs or follow on Twitter via @CyberArkLinkedIn or Facebook.

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