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Enterprise Password Management Closes The #1 Hole In Your Attack Surface

Protect enterprise passwords without slowing down your business

Challenge

Manually securing human and non-human accounts is tedious and risky.

danger

Hackers seize credentials to get inside your network and hide.

Solution

The right password management software makes it easy to keep your passwords safe.

What Is Enterprise Password Management, and why is it essential?

Hackers use password cracking techniques, brute-force attacks and social engineering trickery to steal organisations’ passwords. If they get their hands on a password that uses an authentication token (password hash), they can “pass-the-hash” to breach multiple systems without requiring multiple passwords.

Enterprise-level password protection software—a password vault—uses security controls to prevent internal and external threats from capturing user credentials, secrets, tokens and keys to gain access to confidential systems and data.

Password protection is much more than secure password storage

To keep your corporate passwords safe you can’t simply store them in a protected password vault and hide the key. You also need to manage role-based access provided by those passwords and keep that access up to date. As people leave and projects change you must immediately change or remove passwords. To mitigate risk you must monitor password activity and rotate passwords regularly and unexpectedly.

Password creation, rotation, monitoring and removal must happen with no disruption to people’s work and no downtime for your systems.

Auditing and reporting are critical to enterprise password management

To demonstrate compliance to auditors and return on investment to executives, you must be able to report on the strategies you use to manage and protect enterprise passwords.

Enterprise password protection must also secure third-party access

“Enterprise password protection” should not focus exclusively on protecting employee passwords. Contractors and partners may also need limited or temporary passwords, which you need to create, manage and remove when their lifespan is over. To keep tabs on third-party behavior you may want to require an internal employee to authorize their access or even monitor and record sessions.

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20% of companies fail to change default passwords, such as “admin” and “12345.”
– State of Privileged Management Report, Thycotic

Managing And Securing Non-human Enterprise Passwords

In addition to users, systems such as databases, applications and networks all require a robust enterprise password management solution to authenticate and exchange information. These accounts aren’t tied to a unique human identity, which means you can’t rely on Identity and Access Management tools to manage them. When no individual is held accountable for password protection the risks of a breach increase exponentially.

  • Service accounts run application services such as Windows Services, scheduled tasks, batch jobs, and Application Pools within IIS. Changing passwords for service accounts is tricky because applications are dependent on credentials for daily operations.
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  • Application accounts access and share sensitive information with databases and other applications. They include database logins, certificates for software signing, embedded build script passwords, configuration files, and application services used during software development. Default privileged credentials or SSH keys are often embedded in clear text or hard-coded in applications and can be easily exploited.
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  • System administrator accounts manage databases and can be difficult to secure and rotate because credentials are often shared among a group of IT administrators who need instant access. Managing Windows administrator accounts is particularly difficult in a virtualized environment as machines are rapidly deployed.
  • Domain administrator accounts manage servers and control Active Directory users. They also include local domain accounts at the workstation level which are included by default and allow everyday users excess privileges.
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  • Root accounts manage Unix/Linux platforms and can be challenging to synchronize and map to Active Directory in order to ensure accountability.
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  • Networking accounts represent a full-access pass to critical infrastructure such as firewalls, routers and switches. When these accounts are breached you may never recover.
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Automated Password Management Lowers Your Risk

It’s impossible to manage enterprise passwords manually. Consumer password protection tools don’t have the right capabilities and can’t scale. Old-school enterprise password management tools are complex, expensive to manage and slow down your systems. The more complex the tool the higher the risk of failure.

Privileged Account Management (PAM) is an automated solution for corporate password management that eliminates the drudgery and increases your control. With PAM you can rotate passwords without spending hundreds of hours manually changing them, and simultaneously update credentials used for services and applications without downtime. Modern PAM tools have built-in capabilities for workflow and reporting that give you maximum control and flexibility.

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