When nation-state adversaries frolic and gambol across your corporate network, playing hide-and-go-seek, sysadmins become central points of compromise. Savvy attackers know that if they can own sysadmins, they can own the network.
“I hunt sysadmins,” an NSA operator brags in a slide leaked by Edward Snowden. Regardless of what one may think of Snowden, we may conclude that this is how the NSA, and other nation-state predators, think of their prey. Blessed with the keys to the kingdom, sysadmins are sitting ducks.
So how do you defend your enterprise — your intellectual property, the integrity of your customers’ data, control of your systems — against such threats?