Defending Against Credential-Based and Privilege Escalation Attacks

Giving the right user secure access to a system, resource, application, or network hinges on one thing – accurately confirming the user’s identity. Organizations often rely on directory services such as Active Directory (AD) to authorize account access verifying a username and password combination. The problem is that attackers can steal and misuse these credentials for malicious purposes, and the organization would never know. Since the credential is valid, the attacker gains access to everything the legitimate user has access to. If attackers steal credentials that have higher privileges to resources in the network, they can cause much damage.

To protect against credential-based attacks, organizations have implemented solutions such as Multifactor Authentication or Privileged Access Management that seek to curtail unauthorized access. However, these solutions still have gaps that an organization can bridge with Deception Technology.

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