Top 3 Reasons Why Most Cyberattacks are Identity Driven
Updated: Sep 18
Many organizations ask AuthMind why cybercriminals circle around their identity infrastructure with such repeated, ongoing persistence. Though it may sound obvious that it’s a major pathway to opening doors that should be powerfully locked, there are specific reasons for its appeal among threat actors.
First, a glaring reason for this is blind spots. Organizations simply cannot protect what they don’t know their employees are using. Believe it or not, that’s a real and embarrassing, yet growing problem for IT departments. Companies aren’t looking at local accounts, accounts without multi-factor authentication (MFA) and other assets that can create substantial risk. They’re literally blind to what some employees are using – as innocent as the reason for doing so may be.
The second reason why attacks are so identity-driven is the fact that an organization’s identity infrastructure serves as the ultimate keys to the kingdom. There is no question that a comprehensive set of ITDR tools to secure it is mandatory to continually monitor for potential attacks.
Third, human error and the resulting misconfigurations create huge holes in security. An IT infrastructure can be extremely complex, leading to mistakes that can even come about through no fault of any specific individual. Because organizations are always extending the size and scope of their infrastructure, their attack surface grows in parallel. Ultimately, the chance that everything is 100 percent buttoned up nice and tight is nearly zero. Why? Things fall between the cracks.
There is a need to continually verify that what an organization intends to do is truly taking place and that unauthorized access is blocked (or at a minimum, noticed and remediated immediately). A method of verifying correct configuration is required.
AuthMind is unique in that it not only secures an organization’s identity infrastructure, but it also explains who is attempting to conduct an attack. This helps to create an independent identity and access security posture that’s full of intelligence. AuthMind sees identities, directories and other assets as well as the connections between them all – enabling a broad and comprehensive look via a graph that’s easy to not only understand but monitor and use to find exposures that couldn’t be identified previously.
The result is a security program that enables you to fix risky protocols on an ongoing basis and use a zero trust approach. Granular visibility with the proper context helps protect those all-important keys to the kingdom.