Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager
Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager is a system for securing access to privileged accounts.
It works by regularly randomizing privileged passwords on workstations,
servers, network devices and applications. Random passwords are
encrypted and stored on at least two replicated credential vaults.
Access to privileged accounts may be disclosed:
- To IT staff, after they have authenticated and their
requests have been authorized.
- To applications, replacing embedded passwords.
- To Windows workstations and servers, which need them to start services.
Password changes and access disclosure are closely controlled and audited,
to satisfy policy and regulatory requirements.
In an organization with thousands of IT assets, it
can be difficult to securely manage access to privileged accounts:
- There can be thousands of privileged passwords.
- Administrator passwords exist on each device and application.
- It is difficult to coordinate changes to shared passwords.
- When there are many shared, static passwords, former IT staff can
retain sensitive access after leaving an organization.
- It can be difficult to trace changes back to individuals who made
Privileged Access Manager secures privileged accounts across the IT landscape and
at large scale:
- It periodically randomizes passwords to privileged accounts.
- Users must sign into Privileged Access Manager before they can access
privileged accounts. This is an excellent opportunity to require
strong, multi-factor authentication. This also allows organizations
to apply a central authorization policy -- who is allowed access
to which account, when and from where?
- Privileged Access Manager launches login sessions on behalf of users,
without displaying passwords -- single sign-on.
- Privileged login sessions can be recorded, including screen
capture and keyboard capture. This creates strong accountability
and forensic audit trails.