Gartner Research

Architecting Privileged Access Management for Cyber Defense

Published: 12 March 2018

ID: G00342713

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


The privileged access threat landscape is growing with a higher risk of enabling cyberattacks and severe consequences. Technical professionals must architect privileged access control capabilities to defend against exploitation scenarios and to resist advance persistent attacks.

Table Of Contents


  • PAM Controls Map and Solutions
  • PAM Controls Coverage
  • PAM Controls Maturity
  • PAM Controls Design Principle and Requirements
    • Least Privilege Design Principle
    • Key Requirements
  • PAM Solutions Capabilities
    • Privileged Access Governance
    • Privileged Account Discovery and Onboarding
    • Privileged Credential Protection
    • Privileged Access Elevation and Delegation
    • Privileged Access Session Recording and Monitoring
    • Privileged Access Logging and Audit
    • Privileged Threat Analytics
    • Privileged Access Threat and Event Response
    • Privileged Access Recovery
  • PAM Solutions Market
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • PAM Solutions Key Architecture Approaches
    • Architecture Approaches for Privileged Access Governance
    • Architecture Approach for Account Discovery and Onboarding
    • Architecture Approach for Protecting Shared Accounts
    • Architecture Approach for Managing Application-to-Application Authentication
    • Architecture Approach for Elevating and Delegating Privilege
    • Architecture Approach for Session Recording and Monitoring
    • Architecture Approach for Privileged Access Logging and Audit
  • PAM Controls Emerging Coverage Environments
    • PAM for Cloud Service Infrastructure
    • PAM for Containers and Software-Defined Infrastructure
    • PAM for DevSecOps Pipelines
    • PAM for Robotic Process Automation
    • PAM for the Internet of Things
  • PAM Controls Technical Considerations
    • Break-Glass Deployment Considerations
    • Password Rotation Deployment Considerations

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