We have met the enemy and it’s us. That’s a feeling many cybersecurity professionals well know. Most security breaches today have a lot more to do with misappropriated credentials than they do with hackers that have found a way around an organization’s defenses. It’s not that hackers don’t have the skills to accomplish that. It’s just a lot easier to accomplish the same goal by stealing credentials using, for example, a phishing attack that tricks unsuspecting users into giving up passwords.
That issue is front and center this week following the publishing of the first ever magic quadrant report specifically address privileged access management (PAM) software. The report forecasts that by 2021 a total of 40 percent of organizations that use formal change management practices will have embedded and integrated PAM tools within them to reduce the overall risk surface. That’s up from less than 10 percent in 2018. The report also notes that by 2021 over 50 percent of organizations that have adopted DevOps will be employing PAM-based secrets management technologies to better protect applications and the infrastructure they run on.'It's a lot easier for cybercriminals to steal credentials than it is for them to find a way around a company's defenses.' ~@MVizardClick To Tweet
Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike also blogs about emerging cloud technology for SmarterMSP.