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Twelve Best Practices for Privileged Access Management

Published: 08 October 2015

ID: G00277332

Analyst(s): Felix Gaehtgens , Anmol Singh


Organizations need to balance significant security risks associated with privileged access against requirements for operational efficiencies. IT operations and security leaders should use this research to learn about best practices for effective and risk-aware privileged access management.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Best Practice: Inventory All the Accounts With Privileged Access and Assign Ownership
  • Best Practice: Shared-Account Passwords Must Not Be Shared
  • Best Practice: Use Shared Accounts for Sporadic and Contingent Use
  • Best Practice: Minimize the Number of Personal and Shared Privileged Accounts
  • Best Practice: Limit Scope for Each Privileged Account
  • Best Practice: Use Privilege Elevation for Users With Regular (Nonprivileged) Access
  • Best Practice: Implement "Separation of Duties" Model to Manage Superuser Administrative Privileges
  • Best Practice: Use Contextual and Risk-Appropriate Authentication Methods for Privileged Access
  • Best Practice: Establish Processes and Controls for Managing the Use of Shared Accounts
  • Best Practice: Use Default Administrator, Root and Similar Accounts Only in Extreme Circumstances
  • Best Practice: Monitor and Reconcile All Privileged Access Activity
  • Best Practice: Establish a Privileged Access Governance Model by Extending Identity Governance Controls to Privileged Accounts

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