The fundamentals of successful least privilege adoption

Every IT manager understands the implicit risk associated with administrative privileges. On every endpoint, an administrative account is a potential point of entry for an attacker or a malicious insider – one that could be exploited to open up wider access to your systems.

But while over-privileged accounts are recognised as a major risk – and enforcing least privilege is a known solution – many organisations turn to next-gen technologies like Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPPs) and Endpoint Discovery and Remediation Solutions (EDRs) without taking care of the basics.

That’s because recognising the need for least privilege is just the start. Implementing and enforcing it in a way that is manageable, straightforward and widely-adopted is a whole different challenge.

Privileged Account Management (PAM) specialists Thycotic have just published a useful guide – Top 10 Keys to Successful Least Privilege Adoption via Application Control. If you’re wondering how you can achieve best practice while avoiding the common pitfalls that get in the way of adoption, you’ll find the answers inside.

Why are over-privileged accounts so commonplace?

To avoid the pitfalls of least privilege adoption, it’s important to look at why over-privileged accounts are there in the first place. If your strategy doesn’t fix those underlying issues, it’s bound to fall at the first hurdle.

Users need privileged access to do their jobs
It may not be every day or on every endpoint, but there are instances where end-users need the right permissions to use applications effectively and get the job done. Often, this means elevating their privileges short-term, something that should be reversed but is easily forgotten. Your least privilege strategy can’t simply take away the tools people need to stay productive.

IT teams face huge workloads
Today’s IT teams are managing a myriad of different devices and endpoints. Visibility is at an all-time low. That’s why privileged accounts go undetected for months, even years on end, leaving businesses perpetually exposed. If your strategy for least privilege creates an even bigger workload, it’s likely to make the problem worse, not better.

Things are constantly changing
The pace of change is hard for IT teams to keep up with. New systems with default administrator logins. Admins that leave the company, whose credentials and permissions need to be revoked. A large number of over-privileged accounts were useful once but aren’t useful now. Your least privilege strategy needs to be agile and flexible enough to cope with change.

Make your least privilege implementation a success

In Thycotic’s new eBook, Top 10 keys to Successful Least Privilege Adoption via Application Control, you’ll get a complete guide to what constitutes best-practice – and where even the best-intentioned programmes fall apart.

You’ll learn why elevating applications is a more preferable approach than elevating individual user accounts – then how to put this approach into practice while avoiding the most common risks and pitfalls.

Get your copy now to discover:

  • Why contextual policies are a crucial way to automate least privilege and save time
  • How to plan for change and account for the way your business is growing
  • How to demonstrate the success of your programme and track your ongoing progress

Download your free eBook now and start planning your least privilege strategy.

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