Cybercrooks’ preferred path to critical data is through privileged accounts, those held by users who have broad access and powers within the target’s network.
That’s according to a recent survey conducted by the cybersecurity firm Thycotic at the recent Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, reported Infosecurity Magazine. About a third of respondents named privileged accounts the fastest and easiest path to critical data, while user email accounts were a close second at 27 percent.
Some 85 percent said human error, not inadequate security or unpatched software, was most to blame for security breaches.
Hackers’ biggest headaches? Multifactor authentication and encryption, according to the survey.