This document describes the business problems which privileged access management systems are intended to address. It goes on to describe best practices for processes, policies and technology used to secure access to privileged accounts and other elevated privileges.

Privileged accounts include administrator accounts, embedded accounts used by one system to connect to another and accounts used to run service programs.

Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager is a security product that enables organizations to define and enforce policies regarding access to privileged accounts on a variety of systems. It enables organizations to control what users and programs have access to what privileged accounts, to control when such access is allowed and how access is activated and deactivated. Access rights may be permanent or temporary. All access is logged and subject to audit reports.

The bulk of this document is general in nature - applying equally to any privileged access management system. A few sections are specific to Privileged Access Manager and are identified as such.

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