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Is your business riddled with privilege?

Now wait a minute, what are we talking about here? Identity and Access Management of course. The dreaded Privileged Account Management (PAM) overuse in every business. Safeguarding user identities and managing access permissions today has become a continuous struggle in any company regardless of size.

A privileged user is someone with administrative access to critical systems such as business-wide email accounts, HR and payroll apps, CRM and ERP systems, etc. Every employee has a certain level of access to corporate information based on their role, department, and physical location.

In every business, there are too many people with access to the owner’s login credentials for email and many other apps.

  • Do you know who these people are in your business?
  • Did they change roles and their access was never altered?
  • What happens when they go on vacation?
  • Is your team aware of who has access to their login credentials?

Concerned yet?

In many companies today, certain users will have elevated privileges attached to their day-to-day accounts, the account they use to access their email can have domain-level administrative function privileges. An unnecessary level of access that can be handled with simple domain user security permissions.

Let’s assume that we have the right user access in place – this means the right people can access the secure information for the right reasons. How do you ensure ongoing controls of this access and protect these privileged users from hackers that may target them?

What happens when things go wrong?

  • An employee is let go
  • A service technician leaves their laptop open
  • A laptop is left in a cab
  • Payroll information becomes public
  • Intellectual Property is left unprotected from competitors

Setting up a process to handle each of the occurrences can help lower your exposure. Implementing tools that are readily available can provide safeguards. External service providers can provide an extra set of eyes on your internal security processes.

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SIEM provides a viable plan: In the field of computer security, security information and event management (SIEM) software products and services combine security information management (SIM) and security event management (SEM). They provide real-time analysis of security alerts generated by applications and network hardware.

  • Decide who has access permissions
  • Control of user data
  • Amend access entitlement associated with privileged users
  • Manage groups, policies and user provisioning
  • Approval workflows
  • Compliance efforts can be accelerated

The amount of action required to overcome the abuse is more than a mere nod of agreement. Reach out, acquire the tools, build one process at a time, take advantage of third party support and overcome rampant “Privilege” in your company.

 

If you would like to discuss this topic further, let’s meet for a cup of coffee.

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