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Change Your Password Day: How to breakup with your password

January 29th, 2019

Do you have that one great password that you love? It’s your go-to when creating a new account. You love it because it’s reliable and usually tied to a fond memory like the street you grew up on, or your childhood pet. Problem is, your favorite password is putting you at risk For many, that…


How to kick start your least privilege strategy as we begin 2019

January 15th, 2019

As we open 2019, we are expecting the issue of least privilege cybersecurity to become a priority for companies across the spectrum. One of the big reasons, of course, is that 80 percent of breaches today involve the compromise of IT and business user credentials including usernames and passwords.  To combat the exploitation of compromised…


Lower Risk of PowerShell Vulnerabilities with Privilege Management

November 28th, 2018

PowerShell and other scripting tools are part of an IT professional’s arsenal. They are incredibly powerful, a force multiplier which allows you to automate important or frequently used tasks. The same traits that make these tools a boon for IT pros also make them valuable to malicious actors who can use them to exponentially increase their…


How to get your entire company on board with Privileged Access Management

November 13th, 2018

Maybe you’ve recently failed an audit, or you can’t stand yet another password being uploaded to your IT team’s risky, shared Excel doc. For whatever reason you are here, you are ready to tackle Privileged Access Management head on. But hold on, you may have a few hurdles you have to overcome first. Before you…


Seven Signs It’s Time to Move On from GPO-Only Privilege Management

September 11th, 2018

Many organizations gravitate towards Group Policy Objects (GPO) for privilege management because it offers enough functionality to get started managing privileges. Yet, as your needs evolve, you may find that you require a privilege management system better suited to a maturing, sophisticated organization. What are some of the warning signs that you need more than…


Six Key Differences Between Password Management Tools and PAM

September 4th, 2018

In the past, Privilege Access Management (PAM) was accessible only to large enterprises with skilled IT teams. Feature-heavy PAM tools became more and more complex and expensive to manage. Meanwhile, security-conscious small and medium businesses were relegated to using password tools designed primarily for consumers. While consumer password tools provide a “password vault” to store…


Incident Response Plan: Are You Breach-Ready?

August 28th, 2018

It’s no longer rare to see cyber-attacks in the daily news. From ransomware to data breaches to DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, the incident is usually attributed to either cyber criminals or nation states, and almost always comes from beyond our own country’s borders and laws. Because of this, we worry about clicking on…


Back to the Basics: The problem with forcing regular password expiry

August 21st, 2018

For many people and organizations around the world a single password is sometimes the only security control protecting their sensitive information, access to email and even their bank account. The traditional password best practice was to create a long, complex password that only you would know, and it protected one or two accounts; you likely…


Back to the Basics: How do you define Privileged Access?

August 7th, 2018

The Privileged Access Management Lifecycle and Path to Maturity Countless organizations are growing more and more concerned about the ever-evolving threat landscape of cyber-attacks, as they watch large well-known enterprise organizations falling victim to cyber-crime. Every year billions of records are stolen, identity theft increases, more credentials are abused and financial fraud is now extending…


Cyber criminals don’t want to be found—a Privilege Detective using Thycotic’s free Least Privilege Discovery Tool

July 10th, 2018

Cyber criminals don’t want to be found. They play a great game of hide and seek, and in many companies—no one is doing any seeking. Instead, they hope that their security perimeter is holding strong, typically relying on traditional cyber security controls that are usually outdated and, for most cyber criminals, easily bypassed using phishing…