Access "Privileged account management critical to data security"
This article is part of the July/August 2009 issue of Why privileged account management is critical to today's data security
In the wrong hands, privileged accounts represent the biggest threat to enterprises because these accounts can breach personal data, complete unauthorized transactions, cause denial-of-service attacks, and hide activity by deleting audit data. Privileged accounts, such as the UNIX root, Windows Administrator accounts or accounts associated with database ownership and router access, are required for platforms to function. Moreover, they are required for "break the glass" emergency access scenarios as well as more mundane day-to-day tasks. While important, they are notoriously difficult to secure because they don't belong to real users and are usually shared by many administrators Yet a down economy increases the risk of disgruntled workers, making it more important than ever to have a system in place to control privileged access. What's more, control of privileged accounts is at the top of the auditor's findings list, and is an essential component of compliance mandates associated with Sarbanes-Oxley, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)... Access >>>
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