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Best Practices for Privileged Access Management

Published: 12 September 2017

ID: G00326503

Analyst(s): Felix Gaehtgens , Anmol Singh


Poorly managed privileged access can expose organizations to security breaches and regulatory rebukes, resulting in business losses and financial penalties. Security and risk management leaders must effectively manage privileged access in a risk-aware fashion.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the Objectives and Scope of Privileged Access Management
  • Inventory All the Accounts With Privileged Access; Assign and Track Ownership
  • Establish Processes and Controls for Use of Shared Accounts and Superuser Administrative Privileges
  • Minimize the Number and Scope of Privileged Accounts to Enforce the Principle of Least Privilege
  • Use Shared Accounts for Sporadic and Contingent Access, but Do Not Share Passwords
  • Use PAM Tools to Achieve Controlled Elevation and Segregation of Duties for Superuser Administrative Privileges
  • Use Higher-Trust Authentication Methods for Privileged Access
  • Monitor and Reconcile All Privileged Access Activity
  • Establish Privileged Access Governance

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