The growing amount of threats surrounding critical access means it’s not a matter of if, but when your organization will be targeted by cyber criminals. Understanding how to fully secure your organization’s most valuable assets starts with identifying your critical assets and access points — then implementing maximum security.
Critical Assets and Access Points
Critical access points are entryways to critical assets, like systems, networks, data, information, infrastructure, and operational technology. An asset is considered critical when two of the following three factors are high risk: the identities, assets, or privileges.
These three factors provide a roadmap to identify the access points and critical assets that cyber criminals are after and lead to where critical access management is needed.
Identity refers to “who” is accessing, whether it’s an employee, a third party, a contractor, a machine, or a bot. An identity can be high risk due to its characteristics (ex: a third party is less secure than an employee), or there can be a lack of confidence that the identity is who it says it is due to failed authentication or access from a risky geolocation.
An asset refers to what a user (the identity) is accessing, and it could be anything from a physical building to a server, to a database or a record. The risk of an asset is typically associated with the impact of its misuse and the importance of that asset; for example, an asset might be high risk if it contains sensitive data or runs mission critical systems.
Privileges are what identities can do within assets — also known as their access rights. Risk with privileges typically takes into account the asset itself and how critical it is, as well as what you can do with that asset — for example, read only rights vs administrative rights in an application.
The Consequences of Unsecured Critical Access
Failing to secure access points and critical assets can have substantial consequences that start a chain reaction with ramifications that extend beyond the business itself. Take the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack of 2021 for instance. The hack shut down one of the largest pipelines and caused a fuel shortage across the country.
The SecureLink Solution: Critical Access Management
SecureLink addresses these points of vulnerability and secures access to an organization’s riskiest and most critical systems and data with critical access management solutions. With solutions that provide access governance, control, and monitoring, SecureLink empowers businesses to secure vulnerable access points, mitigate the risk of a cyber attack or data breach, help meet regulatory requirements, and protect the organization’s most valuable assets.