Gartner Research

Ten Best Practices for Managing Privileged Accounts

Published: 30 May 2012

ID: G00234563

Analyst(s): Ant Allan , Perry Carpenter


All organizations have to balance the security risks associated with privileged accounts against the operational efficiencies gained through the use of such accounts. This research outlines 10 best practices for sustainable, risk-aware, privileged account management.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Best Practice: Minimize the Number of Personal and Shared Privileged Accounts
  • Best Practice: Limit the Number of Systems in Scope for Each Person's Privileged Accounts
  • Best Practice: Restrict and Time-Limit the Privileges for Each Privileged Account
  • Best Practice: Use Risk-Appropriate Authentication Methods for Personal Privileged Accounts
  • Best Practice: Shared-Account Passwords Must Not Be Shared
  • Best Practice: Establish Processes and Controls for Managing the Use of Shared Accounts
  • Best Practice: Use an SAPM Tool
  • Best Practice: Use Default Administrator, Root and Similar Accounts Only in Extreme Circumstances
  • Best Practice: Use Custom Shared Accounts for Out-of-Hours Support and Other Contingent Use
  • Best Practice: Monitor and Reconcile All Privileged Account Activity

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