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Privileged Access Management

Protect your most valuable IT infrastructure and assets with Privileged Access Management (PAM)

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Common Challenges Facing IT and Security Teams

Third parties are a major risk for admin accounts

Third-parties are a major risk

Every organisation depends on working with partners and suppliers. For effective collaboration, they often need access to devices and services but, do you have full control and visibility of what they’re doing?
Like preventing them from sharing privileged credentials with others? Ensuring they have access just to the accounts they need – and no more? Deleting credentials when they leave? And if outsourcing IT, controlling what happens when your outsourcers outsource?
All of these mean a mounting potential for major security breaches.

Admin account management problems

Admin accounts are impossible to manage effectively

You may have hundreds or thousands of devices and administrator accounts with tens or hundreds of people that need access. Maintaining visibility and control rapidly becomes a real challenge.
And it leads to bad security practices. Passwords written on post-it notes. Unapproved password sharing. Predictable passwords that are easy to hack.
No audit trails of account access and activity.  A security breach waiting to happen.

Too many users with admin accounts increase risk

Too many people with too much access to too many admin accounts

You wouldn’t think it safe to give a trainee pilot the controls of a jetliner. So why do so many organisations have inexperienced admins or junior help desk staff accessing complex, business-critical privileged accounts?
Maybe there aren’t enough specialist skills in place. But giving access to staff who may be under-skilled, over-privileged and under-resourced leaves you wide open to both malicious attacks and inadvertent errors

The Osirium PAM Solution

Isolate users from valuable privileged accounts

Separate people from passwords

If credential theft is at the centre of so many security breaches, then don’t expose credentials. With Osirium PAM, we use the model of mapping identities of people to roles on the systems and devices that need to be administered.
Identity in, role out, with access granted to just the accounts they’re authorised for, and no credentials revealed.

Monitor and record privileged sessions in real time

Rich audit and session management

Who, what, when, where. Osirium PAM delivers comprehensive audit trails and session recording, allowing for training and incident investigation as well as demonstrating rigorous compliance.

Isolate users from privileged activities using task automation

Automate privileged tasks

Privileged Access is not just about protecting login credentials. With Osirium, it's also about automating tasks that normally need an administrator.
By automating both routine tasks (‘Start server’, Stop server’, Refresh password’) and complex IT processes, Osirium cuts back manual effort, cost and risk, frees up valuable resources, and reduces the overall attack surface.

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Reduce risk with PAM

Reduce risk

  • Keep administrator credentials off the network
  • Prevent credential sharing
  • Protect valuable shared devices, services and data
PAM reduces overheads

Reduce overheads

  • Automate privileged operations
  • Reduce effort in managing accounts
  • Ensure the right people have the right access at the right time
PAM enforce governance

Enforce governance

  • Audit every administrator session
  • Record sessions for investigation or audit
  • Prevent uncontrolled access to shared assets

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Read this high-level overview to see how PAM can protect your shared devices and services, manage privileged users and accounts and simplify remote access.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Privileged Access Management?

Privileged Access Management or PAM is a solution for managing powerful administrator accounts on applications, databases, services and devices.

Management of those privileged accounts includes credential life-cycle management including generating passwords, regularly updating credentials, and removing accounts when no longer needed. PAM provides a secure vault for those credentials and a central command and control point so that policies can be enforced and audit trails maintained.

Modern PAM solutions such as Osirium PAM take this further to include real-time session recording and management, automation and analytics.

How is PAM different from Identity Access Management (IAM)?

Identity Access Management (IAM) or Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) are solutions for managing users proving who they are. This might include username/password combinations, biometric authentication or multi-factor authentication.

It’s essentially about “who you are”. Privileged Access Management (PAM) controls what the users do while connected to services and devices.  The combination is very powerful, IAM tools authenticate the person then Osirium PAM manages the sessions for that user.

How does PAM work?

Privileged Access works by sitting between the user and the required service or device. Once the user proves who they are, Osirium PAM presents a list of devices, services and tasks that a person is allowed to access.

Once the required service is selected, PAM connects to the service and injects the administrator credentials to establish the user’s session. At no time are those credentials returned to the user ensuring they cannot be intercepted or leaked.

Osirium PAM supports a broad range of connection types including SSH terminal sessions, full remote desktop sessions and access to specific applications but not the full desktop.

What are privileged accounts?

Privileged accounts are those with enhanced capabilities, so Privileged Access Management could also be called Privileged Account Management but "access" is important because it covers what a user does while connected to a system, application or device as an administrator. For example, an administrator account may be able to create new accounts, update critical configurations, change system settings or access confidential data.

These accounts can be across the business, not just in IT. For example, Marketing may have an administrator account for their marketing automation system or access to a customer database.

The Finance team may have administrator accounts for accounting systems. Because of this power, administrator accounts are highly valued by cyber attackers as they unlock the most valuable systems and data.

What are the benefits of PAM?

The primary benefit of PAM is to protect valuable administrator credentials. Having this control and being able to prove it to auditors is a requirement not just for good business management but also for compliance with regulatory standards such as PCI DSS, NIST-800, Sarbanes Oxley, Cyber Essentials and many more standards. PAM is a critical capability that goes beyond Identity Management and Governance (sometimes known as IGA or Privileged Identity Management, PIM) as it's concern not just with the account credentials but what users do with those accounts.

Modern PAM is also an enabler for digital business by making it easier and faster for users to access IT systems, automating complex operations and securely allowing access for external partners and vendors.

Why is Privileged Access Management important?

Privileged Access Management controls access to all your shared IT services, systems and devices. If you don't protect that access, then all those systems, including all your cybersecurity stack, are potentially vulnerable.

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