Privileged account and session management tools manage, control, and monitor privileged accounts and are an essential component of a risk management strategy, but PASM deployments can be complex. Technical professionals managing IAM must take a risk-based approach to deployment.
The Gartner Approach
The Guidance Framework
- Phase 1: Take a Risk-Based Approach
- Collect and Conduct Risk Assessments
- Create a Risk-Prioritized List
- Structure Deployment
- Phase 2: Identify Stakeholders
- Identify All Affected Stakeholders
- Identify New Owners and Operators of PASM Tool
- Phase 3: Define Policies, Rules and Workflows
- Define Rules for Approving, Granting and Revoking Access
- Define Rules for Credential Rotation
- Use Roles and Accesses Defined in IGA Systems
- Establish Authentication Rules
- Define Emergency Access Methods
- Phase 4: Deploy Controls
- Enroll Privileged Accounts
- Establish Minimum Standards
- Configure Auditing for All Privileged Access Attempts
- Phase 5: Operationalize
- Regularly Audit Privileged Accounts
- Look for Integration Opportunities
- Continue Prioritized Deployments
- Continue to Review and Revise Deployments
Risks and Pitfalls
- Failure to Properly Define and Understand the Scope of the PASM Deployment
- Failure to Define Owners for the PASM Tools
- Failure to Get All the Stakeholders Engaged and Onboard
- PASM Deployment Lags Infrastructure and Application Deployments
- Don't Follow the "Island" Mentality
- Lack of Understanding of Technical and Operational Requirements
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