Enable third-party vendor accounts only when needed and monitor when in use |
Organizations shall never allow 24/7 access to their systems by third party vendors for support and maintenance purposes, because this increases the chances of attack. You should only enable vendor accounts when needed and disable as soon as they are done working to prevent any misuse. When vendor accounts are used, their activity must be monitored.
This Action1 query can help to assess your endpoints for vendor account usage. You have to provide a list of vendor account names in order to check their usage and then verify the usage timeframes.
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Find more information on 8.1.5: Third Party Accounts at Microsoft TechNet.