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Service Account Security For Dummies

Get practical tips and strategies to discover, control and secure your service accounts

What will I learn from this ebook?
Learn why service accounts could be leaving your systems and data exposed – and what you can do to fix it.

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Service Account Security for Dummies

Written for IT managers, administrators and security professionals, Service Account Security For Dummies is an essential briefing on this overlooked part of cyber security.

Combining an expert view with practical tips, warnings and things to remember, it's a way to start your journey to better service account security, proven compliance and peace of mind.

Here's what you'll learn:

How to identify where your service account risks are.

How to identify where your service account risks are

Why almost all organisations suffer from service account sprawl.

Why almost all organisations suffer from service account sprawl

Five best practices for controlling your service accounts.

Five best practices for controlling your service accounts

How automation can help you reclaim the control you're missing.

How automation can help you reclaim the control you're missing

About the Author

Joseph Carson, CISSP, is an infosec award winner with 25+ years of experience in enterprise security. He's authored PAM for Dummies and Least Privilege Cybersecurity for Dummies.

Joseph is an active ember of the cyber community and speaks at global conferences. He's also an advisor to governments and critical infrastructure, financial and maritime industries

Joseph Carson

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Service Account Security For Dummies

What's the problem?

24% of security professionals say service accounts are the most vulnerable targets for attack. That's because they run in the background, providing invisible connectivity between applications and systems.

Few organisations truly understand their service accounts – let alone have practical, realistic ways to rotate credentials and keep them secure. Keeping attackers out means bringing these non-human accounts to the surface and increasing visibility at every stage – from provisioning to removal.