Internet security is the thread that almost all admins are struggling to get over. In the battleground between the hackers and the admins, credentials are always at stake. The reality is, the moment you lose your credentials; the hackers win the battle. From time to time, admins and hackers deploy methods to do their best to outlaw the prized way, hence the ball never comes to a specific player for a long time. You apply methods for security and the hackers are ready to crack your codes and steal your authentication credentials.
Protecting admin credentials are undoubtedly tough when the person in front of you is all ready to enter your system by hook or crook, still one cannot try to be secure when one’s professional and personal life and peace completely depends upon these credentials.
Let’s learn what is new in the bag to protect your admin credentials in lieu of the old methods that are now struggling for oxygen. When you talk to the young techno-geeks, you know it is time to change your decade old methods because they have lost their reliability and now is the time to move on to more protective methods that are more accurate, provide restricted entrance to the guests and use live credentials instead the built-in.
Two-factor authentication to ensure no one can access your system without your permission:
Gone are the days, when the companies would allow third party credentials on their professional sites. Earlier, admin and users both used to apply the same password for the corporate as well as third party sites and services. The method was bliss for felons to break the security code and steal the data. Now, you can use the two-factor authentication, even after login to ensure that your id and passwords do not succumb. You might have experienced this process in your mail account or many online retail stores. Although the process does not qualify for 100 percent secure credentials, it, at least, ensures that no one can phish the admin’s ID.
Apply personal sensory system for the password:
This is entirely a new concept that allows admin and users to use fingerprints, personal sound identification, eyeballs identification or the thumbprint identification to authenticate entry in the system even when you are operating your site from another system instead of the master one.
Avoid permanent membership of any elevated group:
Earlier the thumb rule to protect your credential was to log in as less as possible, but now when the world depends upon system for almost everything, the rule is not practical to follow. So, how can you use your system almost 24 hours without sacrificing your security? The new rule states, avoid permanent membership of any elevated group. Come ‘on, now even a school goer knows how to use the secured methods. You do not need any elevated admin to protect you under his/her shadow and you never know that the person you are relying on is actually reliable.
Outsource admin for part time only if it is needed.
It is always better not to depend permanently on a single person and outsource people who can perform the admin-level task for you. The mantra is to allow these outsourced people only those privileges that are needed to perform the requisite task and do change them time to time with a new password every time. The delegation can solve your problem as well as ensures the safety.
Just-in-time credential is the new door attendant of the system:
Just-in-time credential means allow the users or elevated the admins to take advantage of the privileges when they are logged in and as soon as they are logged out, the permissions are taken away. The basic idea behind the delegation or the just-in-time allowance is to restrict the uses of the admins to a certain level and provide the real key in the hands of the developer.
So, credentials are the world to the users and phishing of these credentials can be perilous to any business. It is always good to apply the wise phrase, “Protection is better than cure”.