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Reliable Administrator Deactivation

Business Challenge

IT staff often have administrative access to many systems. When an IT employee with such privileges leaves an organization, it can be difficult to quickly and reliably change every password that the administrator knew and thereby disable their access to sensitive systems.

Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager Solution
  • Privileged Access Manager randomizes administrative passwords frequently -- normally every day.
  • When IT workers leave an organization, their ability to request a new password is disabled centrally -- for example by disabling their Active Directory account or revoking their RSA SecurID token.
  • Any passwords that were recently disclosed to the administrator and which have not yet changed are immediately randomized from the Privileged Access Manager web user interface.
  • Any systems which were recently managed by the administrator are identified in a report. Security staff can follow up with a closer examination of those systems.

Using Privileged Access Manager, administrator access is terminated promptly and reliably.

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  • Infrastructure Auto-discovery:
    In large organizations, it is not feasible to configure Privileged Access Manager manually. Instead, an auto-discovery capability is needed to find servers and accounts where Privileged Access Manager should randomize passwords and control logins.
  • Static Passwords:
    One of the key benefits of Privileged Access Manager is to eliminate static passwords on privileged accounts by automatically changing these passwords -- by default, daily.
  • Service Account Passwords:
    Managing passwords on Windows service accounts is challenging because of the need to coordinate password changes among Windows, Active Directory, Service Control Manager and more. Privileged Access Manager automates this process and allows organizations to frequently change service account passwords.
  • Embedded Application Passwords:
    Privileged Access Manager includes an API designed to enable applications to replace embedded, plaintext passwords with secure access to the vault.
  • Emergency Access:
    Privileged Access Manager automates and secures the process of signing IT users into administrator accounts in the event of an emergency.
  • Reliable Deactivation:
    Privileged Access Manager helps organizations to promptly, reliably and completely deactivate the access of former IT staff.
  • Administrator Accountability:
    Privileged Access Manager makes IT staff accountable for changes they make to systems and applications by recording who connected to what system, when and even by recording their login sessions.
  • Forensic Audits:
    Privileged Access Manager can record login sessions to privileged accounts and replay these recordings in the context of a forensic audit.
  • Coordinating Administrative Changes:
    Privileged Access Manager controls administrator logins and so is able to notify administrators that sign into a system of one-anothers login sessions. This notification helps IT staff coordinate their work.
  • Temporary Privileged Access:
    There are often cases where users who do not normally require elevated privileges do need them temporarily. A typical example of this is developer access to production systems, to help with production migration or troubleshooting. Privileged Access Manager enables such temporary access in a secure and auditable fashion.
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