What is PAM and why does your business need it?

What is PAM and why does your business need it?

PAM – Privileged Access Management, is a set of technologies that allow organizations to identify, secure and monitor accounts that have elevated privileges in order to minimize risk and ensure compliance.

Privileged Accounts or Identities

Privileged accounts hold special or extra permission within a system, application, or database and can significantly affect the organization’s business. These accounts can grant broad access to underlying business information, grant “super user” privileges, or can be used by authorized individuals when elevated privileges are required to fix urgent problems.

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How PAM helps secure an Organization

Implementing a PAM system within your organization is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of any third-party or internal incident affecting your organization by preventing malicious parties from accessing your most sensitive data through an internal-facing account.

PAM helps secure your organization in several ways, listed below.

1. Better Control over Access and Accounts

Without PAM, your assets and critical data can be accessed by any of your employees or third parties who may not be as conscious of the risks involved with such sensitive information. With the right PAM system in place, you’re massively reducing the number of access points to your critical assets.

2. Humans are your weakest link

From internal privileged users abusing their level of access, or external cyber attackers targeting and stealing privileges from users to operate stealthily as “privileged insiders,” humans are always the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. Privileged access management helps organizations make sure that people have only the necessary levels of access to do their jobs.

PAM also enables security teams to identify malicious activities linked to privilege abuse and take swift action to remediate risk.

3. Improved Regulatory Compliance

Organizations need to follow these regulations if they want to avoid significant fines and penalties. PAM improves regulatory compliance by putting control in the hands of administrators and reducing the amount of control that employees have.

Employees who are either malicious or negligent can potentially break these regulations. Either they don’t realize they are, or they don’t care. By removing employee access from anything that they don’t strictly need, it becomes possible to reduce the chances that issues of regulatory compliance could arise.

4. Access to Data and Systems is Centralized

Many security organizations have an awareness and visibility challenge as more vendors, applications, and employees increase an organization’s overall footprint, widening the organization’s attack surface. A PAM system centralizes your asset visibility and monitoring so you’re not missing any crucial information.

5. Superior Data Security

Data security is becoming one of the largest concerns for business data. As businesses face increasing threats on all fronts, they must still safeguard corporate, employee, and customer data. Privileged access management naturally improves data security, by reducing the risk and vulnerability within a system.

With PAM, employees won’t be able to install malicious programs, or accidentally create network vulnerabilities. Administrators will have greater control over the system’s infrastructure, and consequently the whole system will have greater levels of security.

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