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Guidance for Privileged Access Management


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.

Published: 17 September 2019

ID: G00389579

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand

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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