The Base of Cyber-Attacks: Credential Harvesting

Cyber attackers long ago figured out that the easiest way to gain access to sensitive data is by compromising an end user’s identity and credentials. According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leverage either stolen, default, or weak credentials. Often these credentials belong to privileged users, providing cyber adversaries the “keys to the kingdom” and providing them a perfect camouflage for their data exfiltration efforts. Betting on the human factor and attacking the weakest link in the cyber defense chain, credential harvesting has become the base of most cyber-attacks. Recent reports of a newly-detected Smoke…

Real-Life Exposed Privileged Identity Theft

Have you ever had your identity stolen? Credit cards obtained under your name that were not yours? Most of us have, and what a pain it can be to stop excess charges, get reimbursed, close down those accounts, and repair your damaged credit. It can take years to recover from such an invasion. While we know what it’s like in our personal lives, many of us don’t pay attention to the damage that could be caused in our professional careers, especially with privileged accounts like database access. One reason for this disconnect is because the breaches typically are not financial…

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Centrify for IDaaS and PIM Leadership

Today Frost & Sullivan, a leading analyst firm and growth partnership company, announced that Centrify has earned the North American Product Leadership Award for its Next-Gen Access Solution for Zero Trust Security. The report specifically noted Centrify’s success as a security company comes by challenging traditional approaches to security and using a unique philosophy to address the problem. Centrify helps its customers identify and follow a set of best practices that are grounded in Zero Trust Security—through verifying all users, validating their devices, and limiting access and privilege—to reduce risks related to breaches. The author of the report, Sankara Narayanan,…