Privileged password management is one of several equivalent terms that refers to privileged access management. This particular variant is somewhat limiting, because it focuses on the management of the passwords of privileged accounts, ignoring other access disclosure methods, such as temporary privilege escalation through group membership or SSH trust relationships.
Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager secures sensitive passwords by periodically setting them to new, random values:
- On systems integrated via "push mode:"
- Periodically -- for example, every night between 3AM and 4AM.
- When users check accounts back in, after they are finished using them.
- When users request a specific password value.
- In the event of an urgent termination of a system administrator (randomize all passwords that person may have known).
- On systems integrated via "pull mode:"
- Periodically -- for example, every day.
- At a random time-of-day, to even out workload on the Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager service.
- Opportunistically, whenever network connectivity happens to be available from the managed endpoint to the central privileged access system.