Why Privileged Access Management Isn’t Optional at Pythian

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According to the Washington Post, at the end of June the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security sent a joint alert to the energy sector stating that “advanced, persistent threat actors” — a euphemism for sophisticated foreign hackers — were stealing network log-in and password information to gain a foothold in company networks.

In their alert, the DHS and FBI stated that the hackers are using spearphishing emails and “watering hole” techniques to ensnare victims. A spearphish targets a user with an authentic-looking email that contains attachments or links embedded with malware. In this case, the hackers often used Microsoft Word attachments that appeared to be legitimate résumés from job applicants, the agencies said. In a watering-hole attack, an unsuspecting victim navigates to a website laced with malware, infecting his or her computer. In both cases, the adversary sought to collect victims’ log-in and password data so that they could sneak into the network and poke around.

Knowing this goes on all the time and driven by a need to protect clients against these threats is exactly the reason that Pythian always uses a privileged access management system to access client systems.

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With more than two decades of experience in digital organizations, Lynda Partner is a seasoned thought leader with an exceptional record of driving businesses to financial, operational, and market success. Lynda is passionate about data and helping enterprises turn valuable insights from their data into revenue. She wears multiple hats at Pythian. As Vice President of Analytics, Lynda has been instrumental in growing and defining Pythian’s analytics practice and is the driving force behind its new Kick Analytics-as-a-Service solution. As Vice President of Marketing at Pythian, Lynda makes data-informed decisions every day, empowering the team to achieve greater results with measurable outcomes. Before joining Pythian, Lynda was Chief Communications Officer at publicly-traded Redline Communications where she and her team helped return the company to profitability after 15 straight years of losses. Lynda has led and founded several successful start-ups, including In-Touch Insights, and GotMarketing (Campaigner.com). Lynda has been a digital marketer for over a decade and is a certified quantitative market researcher.

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