What do the top data breaches of the 21st century have in common? Privileged identity abuse. In these breach instances, well-resourced, external actors were able to gain the credentials of users with access to privileged accounts – such as administrative, service or operational accounts – giving them the ability to collect and exfiltrate industrial-scale amounts of data.
Gartner recently listed privileged accounts as the number one project for security teams because privileged accounts have such a high probability of being breached. Although it’s difficult to fully quantify the impact of privileged account breaches, the total number of records exposed is in the billions and counting, including credit card information, personally identifiable information, medical records and more.