How to Run Automated Workflows While Protecting Privileged Accounts

In today’s highly complex security climate, organizations must protect and manage their applications’ privileged identities if they want to protect their assets. Successful Privileged Identity Management (PIM) implementation can be measured by specific factors, such as:

  • Controlling who has access to which credentials
  • Document credential requests for compliance
  • Eliminating hard-coded passwords in applications
  • Eliminating hard-coded passwords in 3rd party tools

Knowing this is critical and actually accomplishing it, however, are two entirely different things. There are many in-house applications and 3rd party tools such as Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) automation, IT process automation, and others that run and need access to many servers, PCs, and other devices. The ability of 3rd party tools to access the vault and retrieve the relevant credential information of the specific device is crucial to successful PIM implementation.

Why You Need a Secure Vault

Unmanaged privileged credentials, such as passwords, used by 3rd party tools like CSIRT, are typically stored locally in configuration files, or in a database with little to no control over encryption levels. These credentials can be easily captured and exploited by malicious users or external attackers.

Additionally, any manual changes made to these credentials generally require an update of credentials across all environments, which in turn requires downtime or a maintenance window.

Just one tiny oversight during a manual password change could lock a Windows account, causing all other applications and/or application instances to cease operating. Furthermore, as these credentials are not centrally managed, it is difficult to track who or what has access to them, which makes it nearly impossible to identify whether there may be a potential misuse of credentials by a malicious user or external attacker.

And if you think this type of scenario will never happen to you, think again. One need only peruse the headlines to see that even the most prominent enterprises are vulnerable to potential exploitation.

Take, for instance, web-hosting giant GoDaddy. In May of 2020, the largest domain registrar in the world with over 19 million customers, announced that it had experienced a security breach, which occurred after an employee had their account compromised which allowed hackers access. The number of customers impacted has still not be determined, but the reputational and financial damages to the company cannot be understated. For a smaller firm, such a breach could be irreparable.

Why a Secure Vault Is Not Enough

As GoDaddy and countless other organizations have learned the hard way over the years, cybercriminals are relentless. Their tactics are also becoming more sophisticated by the day. In order to shore up against would-be attacks, business leaders must find a way to fight fire with fire. That is, they must leverage all of the advanced technology available to them. And one of the most effective of these is automation.

Ayehu’s integration with CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution enables organizations to automatically retrieve and rotate credentials securely stored in the CyberArk Secure Digital Vault. Passwords can be rotated based on the organization’s security policy for all privileged identities.

In addition, the integrated solution combines individual accountability with detailed tracking and reporting on all privileged identity activity, enabling organizations to meet diverse sets of compliance requirements.

Your Chance to See It In Action

In a world awash in cybersecurity threats, malicious use of privileged credentials stands out for its potential to inflict cataclysmic harm upon an enterprise.  Yet in order to carry out tasks such as regularly-scheduled maintenance jobs, IT operations must have access to the privileged accounts on servers, routers, and other devices that require these credentials. 

What’s the best way to protect privileged information without obstructing ITOps from performing the vital work that keeps the lights on, all while adhering to organizational and industry infosecurity compliance requirements?

Please join us on Wednesday July 15th as we demonstrate the integration of Ayehu NG and CyberArk Secure Digital Vault – the industry leading automation and privileged access management platforms.

Click the graphic below or follow this link to register and reserve your spot today: https://info.ayehu.com/how-to-securely-automate-privileged-credentials-usage