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Data Breach Aftermath: How Compromised Employee Credentials Pose a Threat to Your Organization

intelligentID | February 9, 2018

Because human behavior can be so predictable, hackers often have an easier time of accessing other data and accounts once they have infiltrated your credentials for the first time.

When a data breach is unveiled in the media, many aspects of the case are on a delay with reaching the public, such as the motive, suspects, and even notification procedures. However while these pieces of information are slowly being uncovered as the case progresses, one aspect that is often overlooked is the amount of time that passes with the compromised information. As we watch these details unfold, suspicious activity lurks beneath the surface, and our compromised credentials are already on the move. Why should you worry? The answer lies in the amount of new risks posed to your information.

Compromised Credentials for Sale

In recent years, and in 2017 especially, the world saw a surge of data breaches or massive amounts of compromised information stolen from insider threats. These breaches were shown to have later landed sensitive information, such as employee credentials, for sale on the dark web. This information is typically obtained through exploit kits and is not easily tracked once it leaves the security of your network.

Hackers and Behavior

Because human behavior can be so predictable, hackers often have an easier time of accessing other data and accounts once they have infiltrated your credentials for the first time. While many stolen or compromised credentials are put up for sale on the dark web, these behavioral patterns can also lead to even more compromised information as time passes if accounts are connected by shared passwords.

Risks of the Cloud

As more organizations are beginning to store vast amounts of data to the cloud, the risks continue to grow for this specific type of storage. These risks can now call for a deeper consideration of individuals creating their own credentials, as eliminating this option may also reduce the risks of stolen information.

Trust the Experts

Intelligent ID protects your organization with endpoint security by monitoring file and user activity across multiple channels and alerting administrators to abnormal or risky behavior on your endpoints. We offer both data at rest and data in motion solutions to suit the unique monitoring needs of your company, and our team has researched hundreds of real-world insider threat incidents to produce a robust feature set geared toward protecting your organization’s employees, data, and resources. If workers are accessing sensitive data, Intelligent ID will monitor the suspicious activity and notify you if data is being moved or printed either on-site or off-site from your organization.

The Intelligent ID Solution

Intelligent ID is endpoint-based user monitoring and analytics software that secures organizations’ business assets by continuously monitoring and alerting management to suspect events taking place anywhere an endpoint may travel. This includes data loss or theft activity, compliance infractions, workplace liability issues, inefficient use of time and resources, infrastructure concerns, insecure file access, and more. For further information, visit us at www.intelligentid.com or contact us at info@intelligentid.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+!

 

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