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Administrator account

An administrator account is a login ID on a system with elevated privileges, suitable for managing the system -- installing software, applying patches, managing users, starting and stopping services, etc.

On the Windows operating system, the built-in administrator account is literally called "Administrator." Other common names for built-in administrator IDs include "root" on Unix and Linux systems and "sa" (short for system administrator") on SQL Server databases. There is no need for administrator accounts to have default names and in many organizations it is common practice to rename the built-in administrator account to have a different name, so as to make it more difficult to attack them via password guessing and other similar attack methods.

Hitachi ID 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.

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