- Password Management: In this situation you have eliminated users maintaining their own credentials and facilitate the access to information technology (IT) resources through a web-based Shared Account Password Management (SAPM) solution. When the user desires access they go to a specific web screen which then logs the user into the requested resource based on some recognized stored policy. The good news here is that in the event someone misuse that resource, you have a record of who was using it at the time of the breach. This is the equivalent of know who did the damage but not what they did.
- Session Management: In this situation, you are building on Password Management with the addition of automatic logging of every event (or keystroke) to another server of what was done once someone is granted access to the resource. If harm does in occur in this situation then you not only know who did the harm but what they did, so you can "unwind" or fix what was done.
- Privilege Delegation: In this situation, you are delegating privileges (system authorizations) to specific users based on defined, centralized corporate policy. This builds on Session Logging and delivers all of the previous value but now limits the damage potentially done as it limits what authorizations are available based on policy. In effect you have prevented harm from being done and have a record of who attempted to do harm and what they attempted to do.
Scott Lang, Sr. Director, Product Marketing at BeyondTrust
Scott Lang has nearly 20 years of experience in technology product marketing, currently guiding the product marketing strategy for BeyondTrust’s privileged account management solutions and vulnerability management solutions. Prior to joining BeyondTrust, Scott was director of security solution marketing at Dell, formerly Quest Software, where he was responsible for global security campaigns, product marketing for identity and access management and Windows server management.