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Privileged Attack Vectors

Building Effective Cyber-Defense Strategies to Protect Organizations


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Morey J. Haber, Brad Hibbert
    Pages 1-23
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About this book


See how privileges, passwords, vulnerabilities, and exploits can be combined as an attack vector and breach any organization. Cyber attacks continue to increase in volume and sophistication. It is not a matter of if, but when, your organization will be breached. Attackers target the perimeter network, but, in recent years, have refocused their efforts on the path of least resistance: users and their privileges.

In decades past, an entire enterprise might be sufficiently managed through just a handful of credentials. Today’s environmental complexity means privileged credentials are needed for a multitude of different account types (from domain admin and sysadmin to workstations with admin rights), operating systems (Windows, Unix, Linux, etc.), directory services, databases, applications, cloud instances, networking hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), social media, and more. When unmanaged, these privileged credentials pose a significant threat from external hackers and insider threats.

There is no one silver bullet to provide the protection you need against all vectors and stages of an attack. And while some new and innovative solutions will help protect against or detect the initial infection, they are not guaranteed to stop 100% of malicious activity. The volume and frequency of privilege-based attacks continues to increase and test the limits of existing security controls and solution implementations.

Privileged Attack Vectors details the risks associated with poor privilege management, the techniques that hackers and insiders leverage, and the defensive measures that organizations must adopt to protect against a breach, protect against lateral movement, and improve the ability to detect hacker activity or insider threats in order to mitigate the impact. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Know how identities, credentials, passwords, and exploits can be leveraged to escalate privileges during an attack
  • Implement defensive and auditing strategies to mitigate the threats and risk
  • Understand a 12-step privileged access management Implementation plan
  • Consider deployment and scope, including risk, auditing, regulations, and oversight solutions


Privileged Access Management PAM Password Management Session Management Least Privileged Lateral Movement Privileged Escalation Vulnerabilities Cyber Threat Cybersecurity Information Security Infosec Exploits Administrator Root

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.HeathrowUSA
  2. 2.CarpCanada

About the authors

Morey Haber has 20+ years of IT industry experience. He joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition and overseas strategy for both vulnerability and privileged access management. In 2004, Morey joined eEye as the Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was a Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and key customer accounts. Morey began his career as a Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators.

Brad Hibbert has 20+ years of experience in product strategy and management. He leads BeyondTrust’s solution strategy and development. He joined BeyondTrust via the company’s acquisition of eEye Digital Security, where Brad led strategy and products. Under Brad’s leadership, eEye launched several market firsts, including vulnerability management solutions for cloud, mobile, and virtualization technologies. Prior to eEye, Brad served as Vice President of Strategy and Products at NetPro before its acquisition in 2008 by Quest Software. Over the years Brad has attained many industry certifications to support his management, consulting, and development activities. Brad has his Bachelor of Commerce, specialization in Management Information Systems, and MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Privileged Attack Vectors
  • Book Subtitle Building Effective Cyber-Defense Strategies to Protect Organizations
  • Authors Morey J. Haber
    Brad Hibbert
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Morey J. Haber and Brad Hibbert 2018
  • Publisher Name Apress, Berkeley, CA
  • eBook Packages Professional and Applied Computing Professional and Applied Computing (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4842-3047-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4842-3048-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 247
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Security
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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