Network lateral movement, or lateral movement, refers to cyberattackers’ techniques to move through a network. Lateral movement allows the cybercriminal to move deeper into the compromised system to locate sensitive data and access privileged information.
After gaining access to the system, the cybercriminal impersonates an authorized user and moves throughout the network to achieve their objective. The attacker gathers information across multiple operating systems and accounts, obtains credentials, and gains access to unauthorized areas.
When detecting lateral movement, consider these three main steps:
Once an attacker infiltrates a network, it may be hard to pinpoint lateral movement because human attackers can disguise their movement as regular employees to avoid detection. It is vital to locate and remove cybercriminals to mitigate any damage and avoid unnecessary costs.
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