Gartner Research

Manage Service Accounts to Mitigate Security and Operational Risks

Published: 02 November 2016

ID: G00313230

Analyst(s): Felix Gaehtgens


Service accounts abound in every organization, and failing to manage them properly creates significant security and operational risk. Security and risk management leaders should adopt the best practices, methods and tools set out in this research to effectively mitigate those risks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • The Mounting Challenges of Service Accounts
  • Discover and Document Service Accounts
    • Leverage Methods That Help Identify Accounts
  • Identify Gaps and Remediate Using Mitigating Controls
  • Manage and Broker Credentials Using Specialized Tools
  • Track Usage of Service Accounts

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