Orphaned access is the relative of orphaned privileged accounts. This refers to access to common privileged accounts such as root, Oracle sys and Cisco enable in organizations that still share the passwords for these accounts. Unless a company is diligent in rotating all the passwords to privileged accounts every time an IT staffer leaves or when their role in the organization changes, a company is very susceptible to misuse of this privileged access. In our survey that I cited earlier, 62 of respondents stated they were still sharing privileged among their IT staff. This is a disaster waiting to happen.
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