Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

5/3/2018
12:00 PM
Steve Zurier
Steve Zurier
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

6 Enterprise Password Managers That Lighten the Load for Security

EPMs offer the familiar password wallet with more substantial administrative management and multiple deployment models.
Previous
1 of 7
Next

Image Source: Blackboard via Shutterstock

Image Source: Blackboard via Shutterstock

Companies may try to promote good password hygiene among users, but obstacles remain fairly profound, even after years of prodding by IT and security managers.

What better time than World Password Day to explore this issue?

Frank Dickson, a research director within IDC’s Security Products research practice, says given the threat level and the reality that the average individual user can have 130 or more unique accounts, it’s unrealistic to expect that all those passwords can be managed manually.

Dickson says the only way to successfully solve the password problem is for the company to deploy identity and access management tools. For organizations starting from scratch, Dickson says Enterprise Password Management (EPMs) systems are a very good first step.

Keep in mind that passwords are still a thorny problem for many companies. According to Forrester Research, of enterprise organizations that have suffered at least one data breach from an external attack, cybercriminals used stolen user credentials to carry out 31% of the attacks.

The cost of a single breach runs high, as does the cost of managing passwords. Forrester’s Merritt Maxim, a principal analyst, says several large U.S.-based organizations across different verticals spend more than $1 million annually on just password-related support costs. And while SAML-based single sign-on (SSO) tools can alleviate the password burden, Maxim says many organizations rely on a hybrid heterogeneous computing environment that very often does not support SAML. This means companies still have to rely on password-based authentication for many of their systems.

Maxim says some security teams also rely on a shared spreadsheet or Word document to store and track passwords, especially for privileged accounts. Such practices have become a major security risk because malicious insiders can compromise these documents.

"The other thing to remember is that [lost or stolen] passwords also have an indirect effect on employee productivity," Maxim says. "Every minute an employee spends unable to access a system because of a lockout is lost productivity."

EPMs can help, says Maxim, because they offer the familiar password wallet model with more substantial administrative management tools, as well as multiple deployment models.

The following list is based on interviews with Dickson and Maxim. We tried to stick with pure-play EPMs as opposed to SSO or PAM products.  

 

 

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience, most of the last 24 of which were spent covering networking and security technology. Steve is based in Columbia, Md. View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 7
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
szurier210
50%
50%
szurier210,
User Rank: Moderator
5/7/2018 | 12:18:22 PM
Re: Eh??? List
Go up top near headline and see 1-7 bar on right, click on that and it will take you to the products. Thanks for touching base. 
REISEN1955
50%
50%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
5/7/2018 | 7:55:14 AM
Eh??? List
Article cuts off before your list of products is displayed - great security rule I suppose. 
Mobile Banking Malware Up 50% in First Half of 2019
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/17/2020
Exploits Released for As-Yet Unpatched Critical Citrix Flaw
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  1/13/2020
Microsoft to Officially End Support for Windows 7, Server 2008
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/13/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
The Year in Security: 2019
This Tech Digest provides a wrap up and overview of the year's top cybersecurity news stories. It was a year of new twists on old threats, with fears of another WannaCry-type worm and of a possible botnet army of Wi-Fi routers. But 2019 also underscored the risk of firmware and trusted security tools harboring dangerous holes that cybercriminals and nation-state hackers could readily abuse. Read more.
Flash Poll
[Just Released] How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
[Just Released] How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Organizations have invested in a sweeping array of security technologies to address challenges associated with the growing number of cybersecurity attacks. However, the complexity involved in managing these technologies is emerging as a major problem. Read this report to find out what your peers biggest security challenges are and the technologies they are using to address them.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-7227
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
Westermo MRD-315 1.7.3 and 1.7.4 devices have an information disclosure vulnerability that allows an authenticated remote attacker to retrieve the source code of different functions of the web application via requests that lack certain mandatory parameters. This affects ifaces-diag.asp, system.asp, ...
CVE-2019-15625
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
A memory usage vulnerability exists in Trend Micro Password Manager 3.8 that could allow an attacker with access and permissions to the victim's memory processes to extract sensitive information.
CVE-2019-19696
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
A RootCA vulnerability found in Trend Micro Password Manager for Windows and macOS exists where the localhost.key of RootCA.crt might be improperly accessed by an unauthorized party and could be used to create malicious self-signed SSL certificates, allowing an attacker to misdirect a user to phishi...
CVE-2019-19697
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
An arbitrary code execution vulnerability exists in the Trend Micro Security 2019 (v15) consumer family of products which could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges and tamper with protected services by disabling or otherwise preventing them to start. An attacker must already have administr...
CVE-2019-20357
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-18
A Persistent Arbitrary Code Execution vulnerability exists in the Trend Micro Security 2020 (v160 and 2019 (v15) consumer familiy of products which could potentially allow an attacker the ability to create a malicious program to escalate privileges and attain persistence on a vulnerable system.