Create Account: Local Account
Adversaries may create a local account to maintain access to victim systems. Local accounts are those configured by an organization for use by users, remote support, services, or for administration on a single system or service. With a sufficient level of access, the
net user /add command can be used to create a local account.
Such accounts may be used to establish secondary credentialed access that do not require persistent remote access tools to be deployed on the system.
Use multi-factor authentication for user and privileged accounts.
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Limit the usage of local administrator accounts to be used for day-to-day operations that may expose them to potential adversaries.
Monitor for processes and command-line parameters associated with local account creation, such as
net user /add or
useradd. Collect data on account creation within a network. Event ID 4720 is generated when a user account is created on a Windows system.  Perform regular audits of local system accounts to detect suspicious accounts that may have been created by an adversary.
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