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Privileged identity and access management (PIAM) is a solution focusing on the strategies and technologies that can be implemented to control, monitor, and manage the access and permissions to critical resources by privileged users and devices in an organization. Privileged accounts can be both human and non-human accounts. For example, human accounts include superuser accounts with access to privileged information, emergency accounts with admin access in case of emergencies, users who perform critical actions like user provisioning and deprovisioning, or other actions that can directly affect the security. A non-human privileged credential could be SSH keys, authentication tokens, service or application accounts, etc.
Privileged account management or privilege management falls under the umbrella of identity and access management (IAM). While IAM strategies and practices lean towards the authentication and access controls for all users, PIAM strategies are devised focusing on privileged users and accounts only.
With privilege, comes great risks: Privileged accounts are often targeted by attackers to gain easy access to data or the network. Inactive privileged accounts whose privileges are not revoked pose a greater risk to the organization's security as they can be exploited by both external and insider threats.
It is not "privilege" if everyone has it: In some organizations, due to a lack of resources to help with managing access and permissions, IT admins often grant access permissions broadly to all accounts, without categorizing them based on their requirements or roles. Users with over-privileged accounts can intentionally or accidentally abuse their privileges, and can cause adverse implications like deleting or stealing critical data.
Compliance is key: Privileged accounts, when not audited or managed securely, can impact the organization's compliance with IT security compliance mandates. Since the privileged accounts are privy to sensitive data and perform critical tasks, they should be continuously monitored to maintain a log of all the activities performed, as mandated by most compliance requirements.
With the right PIAM tool, like ADManager Plus, organizations will no longer have to struggle with scripting or native Active Directory (AD) management tools to implement PIAM. Here are a few ways to implement PIAM in your organization:
Due to organizations scaling up faster than before, and rising cyberattack numbers, it is prudent for IT admins to track security risks and especially in over-privileged accounts. Implementing various security practices, like IAM, PAM, and Zero Trust, has become essential and are imperative for your organization.
With the right tools, organizations can set up efficient cybersecurity practices to fend off attacks and establish a stronger perimeter. ManageEngine ADManager Plus is a web-based, Windows AD management and reporting solution with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that requires no scripting. It provides a unified console for the management of and reporting on Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft 365, Skype for Business, Google Workspace, and more.
A catalog of almost every report that you will need from your Active Directory! Comprehensive and Reliable reporting. Schedule reports to run periodically. Manage your AD right from within the reports.
Reset password and set password propertied from a single web-based console, without compromising on the security of your AD! Delegate your password-reset powers to the helpdesk technicians too!
Monitor logon activities of Active Directory users on your AD environment. Filter out Inactive Users. Reporting on hourly level. Generate reports for true last logon time & recently logged on users.
A mini Active Directory ticket-management and compliance toolkit right within ADManager Plus! Define a rigid yet flexible constitution for every task in your AD. Tighten the reins of your AD Security.
Create and manage Exchange mailboxes and configure mailbox rights using ADManager Plus's Exchange Management system. Now with support for Microsoft Exchange 2010!!
A complete automation of AD critical tasks such as user provisioning, inactive-user clean up etc. Also lets you sequence and execute follow-up tasks and blends with workflow to offer a brilliant controlled-automation.
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