Account takeover (ATO) is a form of identity theft in which attackers take over user accounts using stolen credentials. Simply put, this attack gives cybercriminals full ownership of user accounts with which they can perform endless malicious activities posing as the real user.
Security vulnerabilities are one of the main reasons why organizations face account takeover threats. Attackers cleverly leverage these vulnerabilities through techniques like phishing, social engineering, brute force, and credential stuffing to steal users' credentials. In most cases, vulnerabilities are the result of users' ignorance, such as creating obvious and easy-to-guess passwords, repetition of passwords across multiple identities, and using the same password over extended periods.
Another less likely reason for account takeover attacks is the illegal sale of verified credentials on the dark web. Hackers profit from either selling stolen credentials or taking over accounts using those stolen credentials.
Bulk stealing of sensitive data to take over more user accounts, sending out phishing emails from privileged accounts, and infiltrating the network with ransomware are some examples of how account takeovers can impact cybersecurity. Moreover, these attacks can injure an organization's overall reputation to the point where recovery from an attack can be quite challenging.
You can protect your organization against account takeovers by implementing the right identity security measures to eliminate loopholes. Safeguarding your user accounts with MFA rather than just passwords amps up your line of defense. Moreover, enforcing strong password policies ensures your employees create tough passwords.
ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus offers context-based MFA with 19 different authenticators to verify your users' identities before giving them access to their accounts. It lets you customize the MFA authentication flow for different accounts, so you can more tightly secure privileged accounts.
ADSelfService Plus' self-service password reset feature allows users to reset their own passwords in only a few simple steps, which eliminates unsafe credential transfers between users and the help desk. The password policy enforcement feature of ADSelfService Plus lets you enforce strong, custom password policies, like mandating the number of special characters to use, restricting consecutive characters from usernames or previous passwords, and restricting custom password patterns.
Create your own rules based on which adaptive authentication takes place.
Choose from a wide range of conditions, such as IPs, business hours, and geolocation.
Choose from nearly 20 different authenticators to verify your users' identities.
Set up different MFA flows for different groups or departments in your organization.
Restrict users from reusing their previous passwords during password creation.
Increase password complexity by configuring the inclusion of alpha-numeric characters in passwords.
Customize MFA for users based on their OU, group, and domain memberships so that they are authenticated with different authenticators that vary based on their privileges.
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Delegate profile updates and group subscriptions to end users and monitor these self-service actions with approval workflows.Learn more
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