Credentials in information systems are widely used to control access to information or other resources. The classic combination of a user account number or name and a secret password is a widely-used example of IT credentials.

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A well-designed application has to have a good balance of various components: aesthetics, usability, security, and so on. Most web apps have measures employed to protect sensitive data, and a majority of those measures are related to information submission and account credentials. That said, this is one area where security and design decisions can easily clash with each other.

Credential compromise is an important concern for anyone operating in the cloud. The problem becomes more obvious over time, as organizations continue to adopt cloud resources as part of their infrastructure without maintaining an accompanying capability to observe and react to these compromises.