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Privileged Identity Management Ensuring Secure Environment

Today enterprises have entered the digital world with data transfer and storage in electronic format. Technological enhancements have brought in frequent changes as well as challenges to the IT infrastructure management.

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Privileged Identity Management Ensuring Secure Environment

  1. 1. Privileged Identity Management Ensuring Secure EnvironmentToday enterprises have entered the digital world with data transfer and storage in electronic format.Technological enhancements have brought in frequent changes as well as challenges to the IT infrastructuremanagement. For the enterprises to stand in such a competitive environment, they either upgrade theirinfrastructure or make use of data centers with high-end and best-of-the-breed technology. Data centershave become the lifeline for most enterprises especially for small and medium enterprises as they can sustainthemselves against the aggressive competitive environment in a cost-effective manner.However, in the present market scenario with the use of the data centers run by third party providers,enterprises must ensure that data loss, identity thefts do not lead to disruption in business continuity.Resorting to efficient risk management frameworks that offers risk analysis will help ward off unwarrantedbusiness threats, leverage on opportunities and protect against adverse economic impacts.As enterprises expand globally, they along with their outsourcing partners, vendors and end-users togetherresponsible for secure access to the widely networked environment and critical data. Enterprises thus need toensure that administrators with privileged identity with adequate controls to manage and maintain variousapplications, systems and network devices across the organization. As Privileged Identity Management (PIM)provides administrators with high levels of authorization to access and control over corporate IT systems,information assets and applications. Inadequate control over privileged user accounts will be a risk both fromsecurity and compliance perspective.Among all the possible threat vectors acting on an organization, an insider threat is the most potent of all. Theterm “Privileged Identities” that refers to accounts with special permissions within the enterprise systems canbe categorized as: Generic or Shared Administrative Accounts. Privileged Personal Accounts – used by business users and IT personnel. Application AccountsEarlier managing access to the critical business data and networked environment was through distribution ofpasswords to these environments or managing host access, however, with todays threat scenario, calls foreffective data protection solutions. The Privileged Identity Management technology thus needs toaccommodate for the special needs of privileged accounts, including their provisioning and life cyclemanagement, authentication, authorization, password management and monitoring.The leading service providers have worked out advanced privileged identity management solutions to addressthe needs of diverse industry sectors. The services offered include Planning Services- executive workshop and business requirement analysis, Strategy and Roadmap, best fit solution identification and Proof of Concepts Implementation Services - Shared ID Management, Session Management and Activity Monitoring Sustenance Services- PIM Health Check, Post Implementation Support and enhancementA modular privileged identity management approach provides enterprises with effective solutions to addressthe business requirements.Read more on - Information Risk Management, mobile security