Identity Attack Vectors: Implementing an Effective Identity and Access Management Solution

  • 3h 10m
  • Darran Rolls, Morey J. Haber
  • Apress
  • 2020

Discover how poor identity and privilege management can be leveraged to compromise accounts and credentials within an organization. Learn how role-based identity assignments, entitlements, and auditing strategies can be implemented to mitigate the threats leveraging accounts and identities and how to manage compliance for regulatory initiatives.

As a solution, Identity Access Management (IAM) has emerged as the cornerstone of enterprise security. Managing accounts, credentials, roles, certification, and attestation reporting for all resources is now a security and compliance mandate. When identity theft and poor identity management is leveraged as an attack vector, risk and vulnerabilities increase exponentially. As cyber attacks continue to increase in volume and sophistication, it is not a matter of if, but when, your organization will have an incident. Threat actors target accounts, users, and their associated identities, to conduct their malicious activities through privileged attacks and asset vulnerabilities.

Identity Attack Vectors details the risks associated with poor identity management practices, the techniques that threat actors and insiders leverage, and the operational best practices that organizations should adopt to protect against identity theft and account compromises, and to develop an effective identity governance program.

You will:

  • Understand the concepts behind an identity and how their associated credentials and accounts can be leveraged as an attack vector
  • Implement an effective Identity Access Management (IAM) program to manage identities and roles, and provide certification for regulatory compliance
  • See where identity management controls play a part of the cyber kill chain and how privileges should be managed as a potential weak link
  • Build upon industry standards to integrate key identity management technologies into a corporate ecosystem
  • Plan for a successful deployment, implementation scope, measurable risk reduction, auditing and discovery, regulatory reporting, and oversight based on real-world strategies to prevent identity attack vectors

About the Authors

Morey J. Haber is Chief Technology Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 20 years of IT industry experience, and has authored two Apress books: Privileged Attack Vectors and Asset Attack Vectors. He joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition. He currently oversees BeyondTrust technology management solutions for vulnerability, and privileged and remote access. In 2004, he joined eEye as Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and named customer accounts. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Darran Rolls is CISO and Chief Technology Officer at SailPoint, where he is responsible for directing the company’s technology strategy and security operations. He has a long history in identity management and security at companies such as Tivoli Systems, IBM, Waveset Technologies, and Sun Microsystems. He has helped design, build, and deliver innovative, ground-breaking technology solutions that have defined and shaped the identity and access management (IAM) industry. He frequently speaks at industry events and to customers about IAM and next-generation enterprise security solutions.

In this Book

  • The Three Pillars of Cybersecurity
  • A Nuance on Lateral Movement
  • The Five A's of Enterprise IAM
  • Understanding Enterprise Identity
  • Bots
  • Identity Governance Defined
  • The Identity Governance Process
  • Meeting Regulatory Compliance Mandates
  • Indicators of Compromise
  • Identity Attack Vectors
  • Identity Management Controls in the Cyber Kill Chain
  • Identity Management Program Planning
  • Privileged Access Management
  • Just-in-Time Access Management
  • Identity Obfuscation
  • System for Cross-Domain Identity Management (SCIM)
  • Remote Access
  • Identity-Based Threat Response
  • Biometric Risks Related to Identities
  • Blockchain and Identity Management
  • Conclusion