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The 7 Most Dangerous Privileged Accounts

Every organization must discover, manage and secure these 7 deadly privileged accounts to reduce their business security risk.

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6 PAM Technology Integrations That Should Be On Every PAM Admin’s To-Do List

May 14th, 2019

Mastering the art and science of integrating other technologies with PAM solutions to enable maximum cyber security visibility and efficiency is no small task. Start from the premise that PAM controls work best when they are integrated with other IT and cyber security tools.  With tight integration, the IT Admin with an advanced level of knowledge can…


Are We Becoming an Industry of PAM “Haves” and “Have-Nots?”

May 7th, 2019

We are worried. A few years back, Gartner reported that more than 65% of organizations allow unrestricted, unmonitored and shared use of privileged accounts. (Forecast Snapshot: Privileged Access Management, Worldwide, 2017). Surely, we thought, with high-profile cyber-attacks in the news and rapid growth of the PAM industry, that number must be decreasing. So, at the…


World Password Day 2019: The 6 Worst Password Fails

April 30th, 2019

We’ve covered a lot of password security tips and ways to secure your credentials on The Lockdown. For World Password Day 2019 we thought we’d do things a bit differently and share some of the worst password fails this past year.  While these organizations and individuals may not appreciate the extra attention, these password fails…


KuppingerCole weighs in on Privileged Access Management vendors in new report

April 23rd, 2019

Analyst firm KuppingerCole just released a new report— Leadership Compass March 2019 Vendor Evaluation for Privileged Access Management (PAM).  Over more than 60 pages, KuppingerCole analyst Anmol Singh provides a thorough review of 20 PAM vendors in a rapidly growing PAM market. He emphasizes, “PAM has emerged as one of the most crucial IAM technologies that…


Behind the Scenes: Endpoint Protection in the Cloud

April 16th, 2019

The cloud has certainly been a game changer, driving innovation and growth.  Companies that adopted cloud services experienced a 20.7% average improvement in time to market, 18.8% average increase in process efficiency and a 15% reduction in IT spending. Together, these benefits led to a 19.6% increase in company growth. These savings and benefits, among…


How to Remove Admin Rights Without Reducing Productivity

April 9th, 2019

This is a guide to the risks associated with admin rights and over-privileged users, and how to remove admin rights in order to reduce those risks.  There are many options for removing administrator rights, however you must always consider business operation—removing admin rights should never jeopardize productivity.  Why do organizations use admin rights in the…


Measurable Results of Service Account Privilege Management

April 4th, 2019

It’s very easy for service accounts to fall off your radar. Virtually all organizations have some unknown service accounts and some have thousands. Why do service accounts get lost? An employee leaves and the account is simply abandoned. The account is used less and less until it becomes obsolete and forgotten. Default accounts are left…


The Evolution from Password Managers to Privileged Access Management. Which is right for you?

April 2nd, 2019

Start by performing your own Business and Data Impact Assessment to determine the most critical data and assets, then align them to your privileged accounts and privileged access. In Summary: Privileged Access Management is the new cyber security perimeter and a very effective solution—it is significantly reducing organizations’ risks from cyber-attacks and insider abuse. PAM…


The 7 Deadly Privileged Accounts You MUST Discover, Manage and Secure

March 26th, 2019

Privileged accounts and privileged access are at the heart of every business today. They ensure that the IT team can administer and manage the organization’s systems, infrastructure, and software, and they enable employees to access the data that enables them to make critical business decisions. Not only are most businesses dependent on privileged accounts, but…


Facebook Password Breach: What You Need to Know

March 22nd, 2019

Yesterday Facebook disclosed during a routine security review they discovered “some” user passwords were being stored unencrypted, but the passwords were not visible to anyone outside of Facebook. Facebook’s definition of “some” doesn’t really illustrate the full magnitude of this event. Regardless, we are still talking about a password breach situation, and hundreds of millions…