Security for Privileged Accounts

Securing privileged accounts is a critical first step to establishing security assurances for business assets in a modern organization. The security of most or all business assets in an IT organization depends on the integrity of the privileged accounts used to administer, manage, and develop. We take a complete and thoughtful approach to isolate these systems from risks.

What is privileged identity management?

Any IT infrastructure hosts a multitude of accounts, each with their own levels of rights and privileges. Some accounts consist of only users and may not have the right to access files, install programs, or change configuration settings. At the same time, there are other accounts within the same infrastructure with different permission levels, which might have some or all of these rights. These accounts with higher permission levels are known as Privileged Identities (PI’s), superuser accounts, or super control accounts. 

Usually, such accounts are held by senior management members like the CEO, CIO, and Database Administrators (DBA’s). A lot of care is needed to ensure that PI’s are not abused or misused. This is where Privileged Identity Management (PIM) has a role to play. PIM is a domain within Identity Management (IM), which focuses on the monitoring, governance, and control of such powerful accounts, within an organization.

What is the importance of Privileged Identity Management?

PIM is very important for an organization because usually the governance of PI’s is not done in a stringent manner and PI’s are generally not controlled by the Identity and Access Management (IAM) system of the network. In most cases, the IAM software leaves PI’s unregulated, while imposing strict privileges on the entire network. What complicates the problem is that senior people who own these accounts seldom have formal training in managing them. This puts the whole network at grave risk because improperly managed PI’s is a hotbed for leaking sensitive corporate information. Furthermore, they pose a danger of compromising the entire network through malware.

Here are a few key attributes which we look into when talking about cloud security:

Core Privileged Accounts : 

The Core Privileged Access Security Solution unifies Enterprise Password Vault, Privileged Session Manager, and Privileged Threat Analytics to protect an organization’s most critical assets.

  • Network Devices
  • Firewalls
  • Servers
  • Storages
  • Databases

 

Hard-coded Application Passwords

Hard-coded passwords are also known as embedded credentials or plain text passwords in source code. Helping prevent regular users from tampering with the product’s code.

  • Simplify Securing Applications
  • Enforce regulatory application credential monitoring

 

Just in Time Credentials:

 This approach enables the creation of policies that require users to provide a justification for connecting to a specific target for a defined period of time. Typically, these users have a standing, privileged shared account, and credentials for that account are managed, secured, and rotated in a central vault.

  • No VPN
  • No Agents
  • No Passwords

 

Privileges on end-points:

Privilege Endpoint Management provides security managers with the best Zero trust practices as this robust tool ensures greater privilege endpoint visibility wherein every elevated privilege is continuously assessed and governed, which helps in containing and preventing attacks on endpoints.

  • Reduce the risk of un-managed admin access on endpoints
  • Implement the least privilege to contain malware