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Eliminating Static Passwords

Business Challenge

On many systems, privileged passwords used by systems administrators, embedded in applications or used to launch services are never changed.

This may be because they are too numerous to change or because there are dependencies between people, services and passwords, which are difficult to update after a password change.

As a result, the most sensitive passwords in many organizations are also the passwords that are least securely managed and which intruders may try to guess at their leisure.

Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager Solution
  • Privileged Access Manager can randomize privileged passwords frequently -- normally every day.
  • Privileged Access Manager includes various mechanisms to disclose current password values to authenticated and authorized parties:
    • To day-to-day administrators, subject to authentication and access control policies.
    • To staff in the event of an emergency or one-time need, subject to workflow authorization.
    • To service-launching programs on Windows, after every password change.
    • To applications, via a SOAP API, replacing embedded, plaintext passwords.

Using Privileged Access Manager, static passwords are eliminated.

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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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