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The 7 Deadly Privileged Accounts You MUST Discover, Manage and Secure

Privileged accounts and privileged access are at the heart of every business today. They ensure that the IT team can administer and manage the organization’s systems, infrastructure, and software, and they enable employees to access the data that enables them to make critical business decisions. Not only are most businesses dependent on privileged accounts, but they are also the accounts most … [Read more...]

Cyber Security Incident Response and Reporting Process

Ever since we launched our customizable cyber security incident response template, I’ve been amazed by its volume of downloads. I quickly realized that the increasing cyber threats from criminal hackers, malware and ransomware is starting to be taken seriously by organizations large and small, and that there is a growing demand for guidance and information on incident response. Mangools.com—a … [Read more...]

New Hire Onboarding Checklist: A CISO’s Perspective

When a new employee enters an organization there are various behind-the-scene activities that must take place to ensure the new hire an efficient onboarding experience. Many are administrative in nature and are taken care of by HR. But then there are those related to cyber security—and they are far too often overlooked. As a security leader, my job is to make sure the proper security controls are … [Read more...]

Complete Guide to leveraging Session Recording to Improve Accountability and Meet PCI Compliance

You’ve set up policies. You’ve trained your team. You’ve vetted third parties. But, even the most proactive privilege security strategy can’t account for every situation and every type of risky behavior.   Today many Thycotic customers rely on session recording and monitoring capabilities for added peace of mind. If any privileged user adds a backdoor account or makes an unauthorized configuration … [Read more...]

Actions CISOs Must Take to Overcome Negative Perceptions

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) shoulder tremendous responsibility. They’re ultimately responsible for their company’s cyber security posture. At the same time, the security decisions they make also impact core business metrics such as productivity, cost savings, revenue growth, and brand perception. The world of today’s CISOs is a balancing act. On one hand, they are “enforcers” of … [Read more...]

Up, up and to the Clouds: Cloud Computing 101

The cloud has always been this mysterious place—many companies embraced it and put everything they could into the cloud, while others watched cautiously from a distance, wondering whether they should do the same. Before taking you on the journey to the cloud, let’s answer the question “What is the cloud, exactly?” Clearly, it’s been a source of confusion. In fact, many still point up when they use … [Read more...]

The Future of Passwords and Password Management in the Enterprise

Passwords have been around for decades now, and they aren’t going away any time soon. And yet, password security best practices have been ignored by many. Too many people and companies are careless with password management, even though they know that a single password in the wrong hands can lead to disastrous consequences. Tempted to keep your head in the sand and hope for the best? This is your … [Read more...]

Least Privilege Uncovered

Organizations around the world are challenged by an ever-growing cyber threat landscape and are experiencing serious cyber fatigue. Their employees are dealing with constant information overload about cyber attacks, ransomware, identity theft and phishing scams. Employees are exposed to risky behavior For years, employees across all departments in most organizations have habitually practiced risky … [Read more...]

Back to the Basics: Service Account Management 101

Service accounts don’t have to be a nightmare. Get in control now.  Service accounts are typically used in operating systems to execute applications or run programs, either in the context of system accounts (high privileged accounts without any password) or a specific user account, usually created manually or during software installation.  On Unix and Linux they are often known as init or inetd, … [Read more...]

5 Spooky Privilege Security Mistakes that Will Haunt Your Organization

It’s a dark and stormy night. Suddenly your system locks up. Then you get a message, demanding online payment to release your sensitive data back to you. Unfortunately, this isn’t a Halloween prank. Ransomware is on the rise and organizations of all types are falling victim. Your risk of cyber-attack exponentially increases if you’ve made any of the mistakes below. The good news is that all these … [Read more...]