Most of us would have experienced a situation where we need to access data, reports and information within our organization. Unfortunately, many a times we would not have permission to access the required information and request for the same. At times we tend to misplace the access details and, that is when the situation can be exploited. Do you know that almost 40% of the data breaches occur because of the employees, through planned or accidental misuse of privilege details? So, the implementation of a solution to handle privileged accounts is crucial.
The hierarchy of resource access in an organization is quite intricate, with certain users having more privileges than the average user. These superusers with elevated access would be in a position to manage and administer the key resources of the organization. So, providing the best security and monitoring the activity of these accounts is of the utmost priority. These accounts are called Privileged Accounts and the strategies and technologies that monitor these accounts and users along with the devices and processes are called Privileged Access Management.
NetIQ Privileged Account Manager of Microfocus provides a powerful architecture, several command libraries, a script that can be changed to the users’ needs, and many more features that enables an organization to protect its critical assets. It also ensures that the regulatory compliance requirements are also followed and ensures that the administrative overhead is reduced. It is a cross-platform supported solution that manages and monitors the actions performed across the database and other applications like LDAP.
NetIQ Privileged Account Manager has some key features which makes an apt reason to choose this particular product.
This feature has proven to be the most valuable among the users. This feature stores the passwords of the databases and the various applications present in the system. If a superuser wishes to access any of the systems in the organization, then they are provided with a temporary password that allows access to the system they wish to use and that only.
This feature helps to monitor the SQL commands that a privileged user runs on a database. It analyses the risk present in executing the commands. If the command proves to be suspicious then it takes steps to alert the PAM auditors. This can also be applied to all the users, tools, and applications.
Another top feature of this product is its risk-analysis technology, which monitors the users, accounts, tools, databases, and system activity. Depending upon the risk score, which is calculated between 0 and 9, it automates the termination of a session or revokes the access provided to a suspicious user or process. The factors that determine the risk score include the user, the device they are working on, and the command that is executed. The PAM auditors can manage the activity in the organization.
The price to implement NetIQ Privileged Account Manager depends upon the need of the client. Once the necessary files are purchased, the PAM solution can be installed in your organization quickly. A detailed installation guide can be found here.
The most important factor is experience and effective workflow, whether in-person, on-site, virtual, or off-site. That said, we think working with a Microfocus consultant near you is an advantage. This will allow your consultant to better communicate with existing IT teams and better understand your current information architecture. A non-local consultant becomes a good option if they follow security best practices and have an established virtual workflow. Why? Location is less significant when virtual workforce tools are effectively adopted by consultants and clients, whether a small business or global enterprise. Plus, on-site specialists can become costly. Bottom line, look for a Microfocus consultant who offers an excellent communication process, clear workflow, and custom security solution for your business.