The goal of achieving compliance is to make sure that an organization is meeting minimum standards to protect sensitive data. In order to be compliant, a business needs only to meet the outlined requirements.
However, this does not mean that its systems and data are secure. Unfortunately, there are companies that treat compliance merely as a checkbox. Even when the minimum standards are met, data and accounts with elevated access are still vulnerable. Instead, achieving compliance should be viewed as the by-product of sound security practices. This starts with protecting the attacker’s most sought-after prize: privileged accounts with elevated access across the network.