What Is A Privilege User?
A privileged user is someone who has administrative access to critical systems. For instance, the individual who can set up and delete email accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server is a privileged user. Like any privilege, it should only be extended to trusted people. Unfortunately, it never makes sense to unconditionally trust anyone. That’s why even trusted access needs to be controlled and monitored.
What Is Privilege Access Management (PAM)?
The purpose of Privilege Access Management is to keep your organisation safe from accidental or deliberate misuse of privileged access.
Typically, we see that most organisations have at least two to four times as many privilege users as employees. Some of these admin users can override existing security protocols. That’s a big vulnerability. If administrators can make unauthorised system changes, access unauthorised data and then hide their actions, you’re in trouble! PAM solves this problem.
A PAM solution offers a secure, streamlined way to authorise and monitor all privileged users for all relevant systems.
How Is PAM Different Than Identity Management?
There are some overlap, but the two themes are separate and quite different.
- PAM is focused on privileged user access.
- Identity management concerns authenticating and authorising any user who needs access to a system.
Why Do You Need A PAM Solution?
A PAM solution offers a secure, streamlined way to authorise and monitor all privileged users for all relevant systems. PAM lets you:
- Grant privileges to users only for systems on which they are authorised.
- Grant access only when it’s needed and revoke access when the need expires.
- Avoid the need for privileged users to have or need local/direct system passwords.
- Centrally and quickly manage access over a disparate set of heterogeneous systems.
- Create an unalterable audit trail for any privileged operation.
How Can CommsNet Group Help You?
Controlling and monitoring privileged access is extremely important to mitigating the risks posed by insider threats, preventing data breaches and meeting compliance requirements. However, investing in a Privilege Access Management Solution requires careful planning and…