Privileged Identity Management Demystified

BeyondTrust, October 7th, 2010

In an effort to improve business security, compliance and productivity, privilege authorization policies must be redesigned and user permissions more granularly managed. Yet identity and access management (IAM) solutions have remained largely unchanged. Traditional solutions account for a significant part of the total cost of IAM, a staggering amount when you consider that these solutions:

  • Fail to enable desktop users to effectively do their job as a standard user (80% of employees’ login with administrator rights)
  • Fail to control superuser access to critical servers, giving users complete and unchecked access (80% of all security breaches are committed by those working within an organization)
  • Force organizations to choose between productivity and security when implementing a privileged identity management solution.

While these challenges may have been historically acceptable, they are no longer good enough. It is time for businesses to expect more from their privileged identity management solution in order to improve security, compliance and overall productivity.