Theft of credentials is a serious issue that leads to security breaches. Stolen credentials are used to breach networks that contain sensitive information. This is done by a process called phishing. Phishing is not confined to email, but can be done through text messaging and social media sites. A large problem that leads to credentials theft is the use of passwords. There are not many alternatives and passwords are usually a relatively weak security measure. Credential theft is a serious threat that must be prevented before it occurs.
- Often credential theft goes completely unnoticed, because it does not trigger any events that would raise a red flag for administrators.
- Passwords, which are still used on a large scale, can be weak impediments to credential theft.
- Often a credential theft is merely a tool, used by the hacker to examine unauthorized data for what he, or she, really wants.
“Traditional approaches to stopping credential phishing are rudimentary, manual, limited, and rely primarily on educating employees and classifying a phishing site before someone encounters it.”