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Selecting a Password Management Product

This document is intended to help organizations set out criteria which can be used to select a password management product.

The selection process begins with a business case for a password management system. The business case is used to develop functional and technical requirements, which in turn drive the product and vendor selection process.

The remainder of this document is organized as follows:

  • Business case for password management

    Every password management project must begin with a business justification. This is the background for all subsequent requirements.

  • Functional requirements

    Basic functions that every password management system should meet.

  • Technology considerations

    Technical architecture considerations, and how they impact a password management system's usability.

  • Deployment and management

    Design considerations that impact the initial deployment and ongoing administration of a password management system.

  • Vendor quality

    The qualities of a successful password management vendor.

  • Conclusions

    A summary, and a reminder to "try before you buy."

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