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What is Privilege Escalation? Types, Techniques and Prevention.
SecurityTrails Blog · Nov 24 2020 · by Sara Jelen

What is Privilege Escalation? Types, Techniques and Prevention

When attackers attempt to steal data, having insider access to a system is their best bet. And if that insider access is gained through a privileged account that holds the keys to critical systems and data, that would be like hitting the jackpot—but only for the attackers. This is why we consider privilege escalation, the attempt to compromise an account and then expand its privileges, a key component of nearly all advanced cyber attacks.