Enforcing least privilege from a position of zero trust

If you’re in IT or cybersecurity, you already know that privileged accounts are a risk. You don’t need us to tell you they’re involved in the majority of attacks – or that the average network is rife with default passwords just waiting to be exploited.

But what’s truly worrying isn’t just the scale of the risk – it’s where that risk sits. Unlike a DDoS or perimeter breach, privileged account exploits happen inside your network, not out in the world. And that’s why securing them takes a radically different approach to security.

Privileged account management (PAM) specialists Thycotic have just published a useful new ebook – Least Privilege Cybersecurity for dummies. Written in the digestible, easy-to-understand ‘…for dummies’ style, it’s the first step in keeping your privileged accounts safe.

Get your copy now or read on to find out why it’s time to change how you think about security.

Why now is the time for a zero trust security model

Conventional cybersecurity was based on some key assumptions about threats and where they come from. Inside your network and your business, that’s the safe zone where you can be trusting. Outside your network, that’s the places where attacks come from.

But that’s an assumption that gets less accurate every single year.

Phishing and social engineering are now involved in a huge number of attacks on businesses of all sizes. While these attacks originate from outside the network on a social level, on a technical level they happen behind your firewall and perimeter security. Meanwhile, insider threats like privileged account misuse are more and more commonplace.

In 2010, John Kindervag, principal analyst at Forrester Research, created the Zero Trust Network. Today, sophisticated attacks have turned it from a bold new idea into something that’s absolutely essential.

Least privilege as the foundation of zero trust

As enterprises move to a zero-trust model of security, privileged accounts fly in the face of change. From default accounts on new devices to over-privileged users, most enterprise servers, services and employees get a level of trust that they just don’t need.

Least privilege is a crucial step in removing privileges that are unnecessary – and making trust something that is earned and assigned, not assumed.

Your guide to implementing least privilege

From Wiley and Thycotic, Least Privilege Cybersecurity for Dummies is ideal for any IT manager, administrator, security professional or business owner who is ready to take control of privileged accounts.

Packed with essential reminders, technical details and practical tips, it’s a simple, straightforward way to learn:

  • Why least privilege is vital for security and achieving compliance
  • How to plan and implement least privilege that fits your network and organisation
  • Why least privilege doesn’t have to affect productivity or make life harder for your users
  • The five elements of a successful implementation

Whether you’re getting started with least privilege or looking for actionable advice, download your free copy now.

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