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Jerry PattersonSecurity Engineer, Information Security Team, Mary Kay
Sizeable organizational footprints come with increased cybersecurity risks due to the high volume of access points to the organization. For Mary Kay, this was true for its marketing department – particularly branding and social media.
The company needed a secure way to share credentials with trusted partners (internal and external) without putting its business – and its many sales representatives around the globe – at risk. Similarly, Mary Kay’s developers needed a solution to create one set of shared credentials that everyone could securely use to access the same project.
As Jay Patterson notes, Mary Kay needed to improve their overall security posture: “There were sticky notes under keyboards, stuck to monitors, or written in notebooks. We wanted to make passwords more complex.”
Like many large organizations, Jerry and the team knew the solution needed to integrate with their existing technology for a more seamless deployment.
Mary Kay needed a solution that would ultimately reduce its exposure to cybersecurity risks. Admins sought a tool that would provide a convenient way to create and manage passwords for its employees and grant (and revoke) access to trusted partners. Finding the right solution would start with employees to ensure they saw value in the tool, which heavily influences adoption and usage.
In 2015, Mary Kay chose LastPass with the plan to “start small, and based on adoption and usage, grow accordingly,” Patterson says. “Now we have employees asking if they can have LastPass within their teams and departments, which is a huge positive.”
Like many enterprises, Mary Kay sought a password management solution to balance the highest level of security with a simple user experience. Moreover, the ability to integrate their password manager with other security solutions was critical.
Mary Kay uses LastPass alongside Microsoft SSO. “Every application we onboard needs to work with Microsoft SSO or LastPass,” Patterson says. “This reduces the volume of passwords that employees have.” Integrating security tools ensures that every access point and login is protected, with password management securing any applications not covered by SSO.