The Most Pragmatic Approach to IT Security: Secure Your Credentials and Data

There are two common denominators in every breach scenario:

  1. The Credentials that supply access to data
  2. The Data that contains (often sensitive) information

Champion Solutions Group assists our customers with securing their most sensitive data and the credentials that supply access to that sensitive data.  We believe the security of your data is more than just understanding who has access to it.  Data security relies on securing the credentials that are leveraged to access it – and the security of your credentials relies on securing the desktop and server infrastructure where most cyber breaches occur.

Accordingly, we believe the most pragmatic approach is to protect your credentials and data. To do so, there are 3 critical steps:

1. Protect Your Systems:

Limiting access and remediating misconfigurations and vulnerabilities across desktop and server infrastructure will help keep your credentials safe from advanced attacks.

2. Protect Your Credentials:

What credentials are we talking about?  Active Directory (AD).  AD is the central hub of authorization and authentication for 90% of organizations worldwide. This is the platform leveraged to provide access to the vast majority of resources available and is most commonly compromised from the desktop and server infrastructure layer.  In order to effectively secure AD, you must ensure it is clean, understood, configured properly, monitored closely, and controlled tightly.

3. Protect Your Data:

Reducing user access and permissions to data to the lowest levels possible – a Least Privileged Access Model – limits exposure and risk, increases security, and reduces operational burden.

There will be other components to your Security program. We get that. But if you’re looking for a place to start. If you’re trying to determine how you can get the most bang-for-your-buck.  If you’re looking for a realistic, efficient and practical means to improve your overall security posture.


 For more information on how Champion Solutions Group can provide the tools necessary to help you secure AD, as well as information on how to run a free Credential and Data Security Assessment, please call us at 800-771-7000 or request assistance at

In addition, check out this free Credentials and Data Executive Brief available through our partner, STEALTHbits Technologies. It’s written to teach you:

  • Why most IT Pros think they will be breached next year
  • Key security measures to block bad actors
  • 4 steps to protect your organization’s data

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