Privileged accounts, or credentials, are a common entry point for hackers to compromise a network. In fact, industry analysts estimate that privileged accounts are used in 90%+ of data breaches.
Since many IT professionals use multiple shared privileged accounts to access parts of the network, the volume of credentials to manage and secure is exponential.
Passwords are often stored insecurely and in plain text, such as on sticky notes or in unsecure spreadsheets. Many are often forgotten, non-compliant, repeated, rarely or never changed, or shared with an unauthorised person.
Cyber criminals may take advantage of these vulnerabilities to steal privileged credentials to access and move laterally around your network, appearing as legitimate users.
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