What are the Top Identity Management Threats

Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, February 12, 2021

The companies must extend the identity management tools during work from home to secure the network. 

FREMONT, CA: In the aftermath of COVID-19, the human and psychological challenges posed will prove overwhelming on their own. A host of cybersecurity and digital identity issues have added up to it, making a challenging year almost overwhelming. However, it is evident from all the facts that the pandemic will persist well into 2021. Businesses must adapt to the reality of long-term work-from-home policies and an increasingly divergent IT environment with that news.

By outgrowth, it implies that businesses must evolve to 2021's top identity management threats. Here are some of the most common.

The Top Identity Management Threats of 2021 

Credential Stuffing and Password Attacks

Many users repeat their passwords, eventually contributing to credential stuffing attacks. Before they get a target, hackers attempt to reuse passwords or previously stolen passwords across accounts continuously. Credential stuffing, of course, is just the tip of an iceberg in terms of password attacks. Based on publicly accessible social media information, hackers may purchase illegal password cracking software from the Dark Web or guess passwords. Eventually, the odds of a hack increase without the proper authentication methods.

Therefore, multifactor authentication (MFA) must be adopted by the organization. MFA will discourage novice hackers and persuade more talented ones to choose easier targets, albeit not a perfect solution. Each factor generated during the login process induces one more obstacle for hackers to overcome and makes the information much safer.

Unfettered Access

Every account can become a nightmare on its own without monitoring the users' access. In addition, each account may become the jumping-off point for another account for credentials or a way to increase permissions before they get what they want quickly. Therefore, to deal with this problem, companies need a few resources. First, to have an extra layer of security on the most potent accounts, they need privileged access management. Other PAM features like session management will even help track individual accounts for signs of compromise.

Identity governance and administration (IGA) should also ensure that a collection of privileges remains fixed for each user and position, even temporary permissions only exist at a time-limit. New rights and approvals can only be given and revoked by the IT team.

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