Privileged access is important for those who manage the IT infrastructure of any organization. The organization always like to believe that their infrastructure is safe with their admins. But privileged accounts remain vulnerable to internal threats (errors, malicious employees, third parties or contractors, etc.), as well as increasing frequency and complexity targets for external attackers.
“67% of Security Teams Say Insiders Top Data Security Threat”
With more systems and data in businesses, there are more privileged users than ever. As these systems may contain sensitive or personal information, better security and auditing of this kind of activity is absolutely essential.
There are two significant challenges you most likely have in addressing how you work with privileged users accessing the resources on your network
- Control: Being able to successfully manage users accessing the right resources at the right time can dramatically reduce the risk of violations
- Visibility: You know you have a bunch of privileged users who connect to sensitive infrastructure or systems with sensitive data, but how do you know when, for how long, or if they are in these sessions? What are you doing?
The four pillars of Privileged Access Management :
Authentication, Monitoring, Recording, Auditing
These capabilities are critical to starting effective protection for privileged users in your infrastructure, whether they are your own internal teams or third parties. The scope of these frameworks will also meet some essential regulatory and compliance requirements.
Let’s take a closer look at how each of these pillars can help you solve the problems your own business may face.
You will be able to specify access to privileged users, what systems and protocols are available to them. Adding this type of control to a console focuses on centralizing management for security but makes it easy for users who can create sessions with a single click.
The PAM solution integrates with your existing directory services for individual users. The security benefits are obvious here, you can eliminate the need for end-users to view shared passwords and can save them in a secured vault.
The PAM solution should also create easy-to-apply workflows for users to request, and provide access to the system on a one-time, time-limited, or permanent basis, and allow you to set password policies.
You need effective monitoring of privileged user activity. With a PAM solution you’ll be able to view this activity in real-time, quickly identifying who is connected to which resources and monitoring their actions during that session.
And because you can assign access to an actual identity you can ensure that users are accountable for their behaviour.
The advantages of a system that works in real-time is that alerts are also in real-time and can be quickly responded to.
Finally, the ability to audit privileged session activity. This audit trail will help you towards regulatory compliance.
These reports can also be outputted to SIEM or other log analysis tools in your business. This improvement in auditing and internal control will contribute to better control of IT operations and management of risk.
PRIVILEGED ACCESS MANAGEMENT IN THE REAL WORLD
It is likely that you will have concerns about implementing software that will work at the very heart of your enterprise. This apprehension is completely valid.
When identifying a PAM product look for the maximum-security capabilities balanced with a modest and straightforward method for deployment. It should fit in with all your existing infrastructure and support as wide a range of operating systems, applications, and network devices as possible. The ability to meet all the requirements we have already outlined from a single console delivered from a single platform will enable you to deploy your PAM solution in the fastest possible time.
Whilst your clear focus will be securing and managing privileged user access, you need to ensure that these users will still be able to be effective and productive in their roles. The PAM solution needs to be usable and change as little as possible about how these admins or third parties access the systems they need.