Gartner Research

Guidance for Privileged Access Management

Published: 17 September 2019

ID: G00389579

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


The privileged access threat landscape is growing with a higher risk of enabling cyberattacks and business consequences. Security and risk management technical professionals must architect privileged access control capabilities to avoid exploitation scenarios and resist advanced persistent attacks.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework — Define PAM Controls and Coverage Requirements
    • PAM Controls Map
    • PAM Controls Coverage
    • PAM Controls Maturity
    • PAM Controls Design Principle
    • PAM Key Requirements
  • Identify PAM Capabilities and Architecture Strategy
    • Privileged Access Governance and Administration
    • Privileged Account Discovery and Onboarding
    • Privileged Credentials Management
    • Privilege Elevation and Delegation Management
    • Privileged Session Management
    • Privileged Access Logging, Reporting and Auditing
    • Privileged Access Analytics and Response
    • Privileged Access for Applications and Services
    • Privileged Task Automation
    • Integration With Adjacent Systems
    • Ease of Deployment and Availability
  • Follow-Up
    • Understand Emerging Use Cases
    • PAM Controls Technical Considerations

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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