Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report consistently finds that 80 percent of breaches are caused by compromised or weak credentials. Today’s columnist, James Quick of Simeio, says because of these high rates of attack, security teams should make all accounts privileged. (JeepersMedia/CreativeCommons Attribution 2.0 Generic CC BY 2.0)

About 10 years ago, I thought a separate privileged identity and access management system was overkill. The idea of separate controls for super users as opposed to the rest of the workforce seemed an unnecessary use of resources. We just needed to build an honest, qualified and unified team to manage identity access across the board.

In reality, the ability to readily find and hire a highly qualified team isn’t a given. There has always been a talent shortage in cybersecurity. We have to manage with the resources we have, not the ones we wish we had. However, the core problem resides in how we approach identity access.

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