Service accounts are high-risk privileged accounts ...
Service accounts are high-risk privileged accounts typically used for machine-to-machine communications and automated processes. They are typically privileged local or domain accounts – giving them the privileges that are required to perform the task. This makes them a prime target for attackers. Yet securing the use of these accounts is often a challenge.
Since service accounts are typically used by multiple services and systems, changing the passwords of service accounts is usually painful. This is because the credentials of these accounts are often hardcoded into the systems and services using them. Manually changing the password of a single service account requires someone to map out all the systems that use that service account and make sure they are updated and can work with the new password. This also makes it difficult to manage service account passwords in a vault, which requires password rotation.
For most companies, this approach is not realistic. In addition, most IT groups do not have a clear picture of all the service accounts and their use across the organization.
Silverfort enables organizations to seamlessly secure the use of service accounts, without making any changes to existing systems:
Image: Detecting, monitoring and securing the use of service accounts