A true least-privilege security model requires users, processes, applications, and systems to have just enough rights and access—and for no longer than required—to perform a necessary action or task. While agencies are increasingly effective at applying the “just enough” piece using privileged access management (PAM) solutions, they have largely neglected the time-limited and persistent risk part of the equation. Today, powerful accounts with always-on (24x7) privileged access proliferate across agencies. The privileges of these accounts are always in an active mode—for both legitimate use and misuse.

Just in Time (JIT) Administration is an approach in which agencies dynamically assign privileges to accounts and assets to ensure identities only have the appropriate privileges when necessary, and for the least time necessary. With JIT PAM, your admin privileges are no longer always ripe for abuse, so the threat window is drastically condensed. For example, a typical always-on privileged account may be “privilege-active” 168 hours a week, versus just a couple dozen minutes using a JIT approach. Multiplying this effect across all your privileged accounts will have a truly massive impact on risk-reduction. Adopting JIT as part of your PAM approach means you can implement a true least-privilege model across your agency.

Attend this session to gain a firm understanding of how to:

  • Significantly condense your agency's threat surface by shifting from an always-on privileged access model to a JIT approach
  • Identify use cases where JIT PAM is an absolutely necessity
  • Choose and implement JIT PAM triggers, methodologies, and workflows that will immediately help you to drive down risk agency-wide


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Morey J. Haber, Chief Security Officer at BeyondTrust

Morey J. Haber is the Chief Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored three books: Privileged Attack Vectors, Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. He is a founding member of the industry group Transparency in Cyber, and in 2020 was elected to the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) Executive Advisory Board. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust security and governance for corporate and cloud based solutions and regularly consults for global periodicals and media. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition where he served as a Product Owner and Solutions Engineer since 2004. Prior to eEye, he was Beta Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Bob Ackerman, Editor in Chief SIGNAL Media

Robert K. Ackerman has been the editor in chief of SIGNAL Magazine for more than 18 years. A seasoned technology journalist, Bob also has served as a war correspondent covering the Iraq War embedded with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

Bob’s work has covered a range of issues involving technology, politics and international security. His areas of coverage have spanned topics such as military information systems, foreign affairs, intelligence, laboratory research and development, space technologies, international security, terrorism, cybersecurity and information operations.