Enterprise network credentials are like the keys to your house: once someone has a copy, they can enter your space whenever they want. The more valuable your property, the more motivated the bad guys are to get in.
Worse, sophisticated network intruders leave no trace. Digital assets can be copied, malware can be installed and uninstalled, and additional accounts can be compromised based simply on the exchange of network packets.
While legal frameworks, policing, and the risks of physical confrontation have made house keys a sufficient form of security for decades, the mechanisms used to protect enterprise network credentials are insufficient. IT security architects face several challenges with existing security solutions. These challenges help tip the scales in favor of the bad guys:
- SIEM solutions rely on blacklisting and require overworked analysts to sift through noisy notifications.
- Software patching cycles inevitably lag vulnerability exploit release, sometimes by months or years.
- Traditional antivirus cannot detect firmware and boot level attacks.
- Passwords are always too weak.
- User multifactor authentication solutions are too expensive.
The solution to mitigating the risk of credential theft is hardware root of trust combined with defense in depth. Packaging the “raw materials” of effective credential protection has, until now, been the exclusive domain of advanced government research. JW Secure StrongNet Secure Admin is timely because it bridges that gap for the typical Active Directory-based enterprise environment.
By binding user and device identity, and enforcing boot integrity and hardware root of trust for every high-value transaction, StrongNet greatly limits hackers’ ability to (a) steal credentials in the first place, and (b) use stolen credentials to penetrate deeper into the network. By combining enforcement of policies such as CredGuard, DeviceGuard, early-boot component whitelisting, disk encryption, and hardware root of trust, we’ve got a best-in-class solution for slowing down the bad guys.