Gartner Research

Using a Risk-Based Approach to Architect Privileged Access Management Solutions

Published: 25 February 2016

ID: G00281212

Analyst(s): Anne Elizabeth Robins

Summary

Growing numbers of security breaches involve the compromise of privileged accounts, and organizations are looking to privileged access management tools to secure and manage those accounts. We outline a risk-based approach for managing privileged access, including for hybrid and cloud deployments.

Table Of Contents
  • Definition of Privileged Accounts
  • Risks of Privileged Accounts
  • Privileged Account Management Functional Overview
    • Shared Account Password Management (SAPM)
    • Privileged Session Management (PSM)
    • Superuser Privilege Management (SUPM)
    • Application-to-Application Password Management (AAPM)
  • A Risk-Based Approach to Privileged Access Management
    • Optimizing PAM Deployment Priorities
    • Compliance vs. Risk-Based Requirements
  • Privileged Access Management for Virtualized and Cloud Deployments
    • New Risks of Privileged Access in Virtualized and Cloud Environments
    • Deploying PAM for Virtualized Environments
    • Deploying PAM for Cloud Environments
  • Competitive Landscape
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

The Details

  • Privileged Account Management Functions
    • Shared Account Password Management (SAPM)
    • Privileged Session Management (PSM)
    • Superuser Privilege Management (SUPM)
    • Application-to-Application Password Management (AAPM)

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