Gartner Research

Managing Privileged Access in Private Clouds and IaaS

Published: 22 August 2013

ID: G00253150

Analyst(s): Nick Nikols


Private cloud and IaaS introduce new points of privileged access. If not properly managed, they can introduce unnecessary risk to an organization. PAM solutions are evolving to address these additional challenges, and many techniques can be employed in lieu of deploying more comprehensive solutions.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • New Access Control Challenges for a Cloud-Based World
    • Privileged Access Control Challenges Within Virtualization
    • Privileged Access Control Challenges Within a CMP
  • New Guidance for Managing Privileged Accounts
  • Important PAM Features to Look For
  • PAM Techniques That Can Work in a Pinch
  • Other Techniques in Lieu of PAM
    • Federation With Enterprise Identity Systems
    • IAG Tools and Provisioning
    • SIEM Tools
    • Manual Processes
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • PAM Should Be Considered an Important Part of Your Virtualization and Cloud Security Regimen
  • Follow the New Guidance for Managing Privileged Accounts
  • Look to Alternative Techniques to Help When PAM Solutions Are Not Available

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