In the identity and access management (IAM) platform Okta, four “high impact” security risks have been found by Authomize researchers, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Cleartext password leakage via SCIM, or the System for Cross-domain Identity Management, transfer of passwords and other data via unencrypted HTTP channels, default configurations that enable admins to infiltrate the IT infrastructures of other organisations, and changeable identity log spoofing are among the threats.
Attackers who exploit these weaknesses could rob users of their authentication details, get access to private financial and personal data, and disrupt IT environments under Okta management.
The Risks in IAM
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a critical component of any organization’s security infrastructure, but it also presents certain risks. Here are some common risks associated with IAM:
- Inadequate authentication: Weak or inadequate authentication methods can lead to unauthorized access to sensitive systems or data. This can occur if passwords are easily guessable or if multi-factor authentication is not enforced.
- Access creep: Over time, employees may accumulate access to systems and data that they no longer need. This can increase the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access.
- Insufficient access controls: If access controls are not properly configured, users may be able to access data they should not have access to, potentially exposing sensitive information.
- Single point of failure: IAM systems can be a single point of failure for an organization’s security infrastructure. If the IAM system is compromised, attackers may be able to gain access to all other systems and data within the organization.
- Insider threats: Insider threats, such as employees with malicious intent or employees who inadvertently compromise security, can pose a significant risk to IAM.
- Lack of monitoring: Without proper monitoring, it can be difficult to detect unauthorized access or unusual activity within an IAM system.