Privileged access rights are the gateway to critical systems and data. Providing users with elevated privileges is a standard practice, as employees sometimes need access to sensitive data to perform their jobs. At the same time, there’s always a risk of privilege misuse with the aim of industrial espionage or cyberattacks. In this article, we explain why elevated privileges can pose a threat to your organization’s cybersecurity, how privilege escalation works, and what risks are hidden behind uncontrolled privilege escalation. We then offer a list of practices to prevent privilege abuse.