Delinea has announced a global survey of 2,100 IT Security Decision Makers (ITSDMs) findings which reveals that 60% of respondents believe their overall security strategy does not keep pace with the threat landscape and that they are either lagging behind (20%), treading water (13%), or merely running to keep up (27%).
This new research which was conducted in more than 20 countries, polled attitudes towards identity security and the protection of privileged identities.
The report also highlights differences between the perceived and actual effectiveness of security strategies.
While 40% of respondents believe they have the right strategy in place, 84% of organizations reported that they have experienced an identity-related breach or an attack using stolen credentials during the previous year and a half.
Identity security is a priority, yet board buy-in is critical
Promisingly, many organizations are hungry to make a change, particularly when it comes to protecting identities.
In fact, 90% of respondents state that their organizations fully recognize the importance of identity security in enabling them to achieve their business goals, and 87% say that it is one of the most important security priorities for the next 12 months.
However, three-quarters (75%) of IT and security professionals also believe that they’ll fall short of protecting privileged identities because they won’t get the support they need.
This is largely due to a lack of budget and executive alignment, with 63% of respondents saying that their company’s board still doesn’t fully understand identity security and the role it plays in enabling better business operations.
(The identity challenge is the most important security problem for organizations to solve across cloud and on-premises environments. And no identities are more critical to protect than privileged identities, whether associated with humans or machines, employees or vendors. Baa Baa Fake Sheep is a metaphor for the ways cybercriminals use stolen credentials and identities to access corporate networks. Luckily, this network has BeyondTrust as a trusted protector. Courtesy of BeyondTrust and YouTube.)
“While the importance of identity security is acknowledged by business leaders, most security teams will not receive the backing and budget they need to put vital security controls and solutions in place to reduce major risks,” explains Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist, and Advisory CISO at Delinea.
“This means that the majority of organizations will continue to fall short of protecting privileges, leaving them vulnerable to cybercriminals looking to discover privileged accounts and abuse them.”
Lack of policies puts machine identities at great risk
The research reveals that, despite good intentions, companies have a long way to go to protect privileged identities and access.
Less than half of the organizations surveyed have implemented ongoing security policies and processes for privileged access management, such as password rotation or approvals, time-based or context-based security, or privileged behavior monitoring such as recording and auditing.
Even more worryingly, more than half (52%) of all respondents allow privileged users to access sensitive systems and data without requiring multi-factor authentication (MFA).
The report brings to light another menacing oversight. Privileged identities include humans, such as domain and local administrators, as well as non-humans, such as service accounts, application accounts, code, and other types of machine identities that connect and share privileged information automatically.
However, only 44% of organizations manage and secure machine identities, while the majority leave them exposed and vulnerable to attack.
“Cyber criminals look for the weakest link, and overlooking ‘non-human’ identities—particularly when these are growing at a faster pace than human users—greatly increases the risk of privilege-based identity attacks,” added Carson.
“When attackers target machine and application identities they can easily hide, moving around the network to determine the best place to strike and cause the most damage.”
“Organizations need to ensure machine identities are included in their security strategies and follow best practices when it comes to protecting all their IT ‘superuser’ accounts which, if compromised, could bring the entire business to a halt.”
For more information, insights, and guidance, download a complimentary copy of the full report here.
BeyondTrust Takes Platinum for Best PAM Solution in 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering it’s Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Best Privileged Access Security Solution
According to the White House, strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks, systems, and data is one of the most important challenges the United States faces as a nation.
Controlling, monitoring, and auditing privileged access is extremely important to accomplish this mission by mitigating the risks posed by insider threats, preventing data breaches, and meeting compliance requirements.
With BeyondTrust agencies can keep pace, cost-effectively reduce IT security risk, confidently embrace innovation, and simplify the path to meet federal compliance mandates.
BeyondTrust’s Universal Privilege Management approach consists of three privilege pillars: Privileged Password Management, Endpoint Privilege Management, and Secure Remote Access.
(Learn how the Universal Privilege Management model secures every user, session, and asset across your IT environment. Using the BeyondTrust approach, you can start anywhere, with the privileged access management (PAM) use cases that are most urgent to your organization, and then seamlessly address remaining use cases over time. Courtesy of BeyondTrust and YouTube.)
*BeyondTrust was also recognized in the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Programs.
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards highlight the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
The United States was forever changed 20 years ago on September 11th, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon.
In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.
Our 2021 keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.
Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.
The 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by New PLATINUM SPONSOR: NEC National Security Systems (NSS), New Premier Sponsors Rajant Corporation, and guardDog AI, and returning Sponsors to date, ATI Systems, Automatic Systems, RX Global, and SIMS Software!
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So be on the lookout for exciting upcoming announcements of Speakers, Presenters, Book Signing Opportunities, and Attendees at the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon in November of 2022 in New York City!
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American Security Today is delighted to announce, that Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane J. Sabatino of the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will be the opening keynote speaker at the much-anticipated 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon, on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022.
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
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