Attackers are out there. Once they get ahold of a plain text password for a device local account, they can attempt to use those credentials to pivot to other devices in the network. If the account name and password are common to multiple devices it becomes trivially easy for an attacker to compromise them, harvesting other credentials as they rapidly expand their attack surface. This is exactly why infrastructures that were up to date were affected by Petya.
Tachyon – Password Management Product Pack
Cyber security is critical. One breach could destroy your organization’s reputation and cost millions of dollars. We take that threat seriously. 1E gives you unprecedented control and visibility over your entire IT estate, delivered at speed and at scale. 1 in 4 of the Top 100 companies by market capital are active 1E customers: we’re working towards a world of proactive cyber security, a world where CIOs and CISOs work together to ensure that no threat can bring down their systems.