Privileged access management (PAM) limits who (and what) has access to your IT systems and data.
PAM is a comprehensive defense strategy to control, monitor and secure enterprise IT environments. And while people are often your greatest cybersecurity risk, PAM also involves determining access levels for processes and technology.
- People: Humans are the weakest link in most IT security chains, so organizations have to train employees on good cyber hygiene practices. Many companies also use ethical simulations to test their defenses and reinforce training.
- Processes: Organizations need to define who/what has access, to what systems, for what purposes and for how long. And they need to keep track of it. IT teams need an accurate inventory of credentialed users so they can monitor and prioritize security.
- Technology: IT teams need help managing credentials, as well as detecting and responding to threats. Managed detection and response (MDR) tools use artificial intelligence and automation to scan for threats 24/7. Single sign-on and multifactor authentication are parts of the PAM toolkit, along with secure password vaults.