Why Are Compromised Identities the Nightmare to IR Speed and Efficiency?

By neub9
3 Min Read

Incident response (IR) is a race against time. When you suspect something bad is happening in your network, it’s crucial to engage your internal or external team as quickly as possible. While common IR tools and practices help discover malicious files and outbound network connections, there’s often a blind spot when it comes to identifying compromised user accounts. This is a time-consuming challenge that allows attackers to continue causing damage.

In this article, we’ll explore the root cause of this blind spot and provide sample IR scenarios where it hinders the process. We’ll also introduce Silverfort’s Unified Identity Protection Platform and demonstrate how it can overcome this blind spot, making the difference between a contained incident and a costly breach.

When an incident triggers an IR process, it’s often unclear what exactly is wrong and where the threat is lurking. Locating compromised entities within the environment becomes the most urgent task. However, identifying compromised user accounts is particularly difficult because they often behave similarly to normal accounts.

Additionally, containing the attack and preventing further spread is challenging when dealing with compromised user accounts. Manual investigation leads to critical delays, and traditional methods of containment, such as disabling or resetting user accounts, may cause operational disruptions.

Furthermore, weaknesses in the identity attack surface, such as vulnerable authentication protocols and misconfigurations, are often overlooked by traditional security tools, allowing adversaries to exploit them and further compromise the network.

Silverfort’s Unified Identity Protection platform offers real-time multi-factor authentication (MFA) and identity segmentation to address these challenges. It integrates with identity infrastructure on-premises and in the cloud, providing visibility into authentication and access attempts and enabling automated discovery and protection of service accounts.

Silverfort’s MFA capabilities can detect compromised accounts in minutes and prevent further spread of the attack. It also mitigates weaknesses in the identity attack surface, such as setting MFA policies for shadow admins and blocking access to vulnerable authentication protocols.

In conclusion, Silverfort’s platform accelerates and optimizes the identity incident response process, enabling rapid containment of attacks and preventing costly breaches.

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