Protect Your Windows System from a Password Breach
Identifying compromised credentials is key to preventing a network security breach. But for a security administrator, identifying suspicious activity when the adversary has valid and authorized credentials is a daunting task.
Users are (usually) human! They are careless, flawed and often exploited. And attackers love exploiting the naivety of your users because it’s so easy.
All it takes is one successful phishing email to persuade a user to hand over their login details. Once the hacker gains entry to your systems, you’ll likely not find out until it’s too late — after all, most anti-virus and perimeter systems aren’t programmed to pick up on access using legitimate login details. This gives snoopers all the time in the world to, well, snoop.
So, how are you supposed to spot illegitimate user access when it’s already been defined as legitimate?
Protect Against Attacks Using Compromised Credentials
As long as users are vulnerable to attacks, security breaches will be a threat. But with MFA and Access Management, you do have a foolproof way to make sure authenticated users are who they say they are. With these extra layers of security, you can also identify risky user behavior or a password breach and stop it before it costs you capital, customers and your company’s reputation.
Read on to learn how to better protect all users' authenticated logins.
All statistics are from IS Decisions’ research into access security priorities of 500 IT Security Managers in the US and UK.
Essentially, IT departments must strike the right balance between adding extra security layers and avoiding end user frustration or slowing down productivity.
Enforcing user security to prevent attacks using compromised credentials often can result in complex, costly and disruptive processes. As we have seen from the research, these are the very reasons why multifactor authentication solutions are, unfortunately, often viewed as difficult to implement.
Thankfully, IT managers have a better way to avoid a security breach – a combination of granular multifactor authentication and contextual access controls that can be easily personalized to each employee, striking the balance between user productivity and user security.