SWOT Assessment: BeyondTrust Privileged Identity Management Portfolio

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The BeyondTrust PowerBroker Privileged Identity Management (PIM) product suite consists of five major components: PowerBroker Password Safe, PowerBroker for Unix & Linux, PowerBroker for Windows, PowerBroker Identity Services, and PowerBroker Management Suite. PIM has arrived at the top of the agenda of most security industry experts (CIOs, CISOs, and IT security managers) because business-focused cyber-attacks that steal data and damage reputations by using compromised user credentials are being launched against all types of organization.

Key messages

  • BeyondTrust offers a unified platform of privileged identity, account, and user management solutions.
  • PowerBroker offers a single platform, but at the same time an identifiable product approach to password management, access control, and for monitoring, auditing, and controlling privileged user access
  • User-selectable versions of PowerBroker are also available for the main operating system (OS) environments – Windows, Unix, Linux, and Mac OS
  • BeyondTrust targets the complete privileged identity, account, and user management environment, but in some quarters it is still seen as more of a vulnerability management generalist.

Ovum view

PIM is now a top priority for enterprise security. CIOs, CISOs, and security managers recognize the need to deploy the technology and the levels of user and device protection it brings, yet only about 50% of enterprise organizations have some form of PIM protection in place. Those that have protection improve their chances of maintaining control over core business assets, including who can access them and how they are being used.

Deploying the BeyondTrust privileged account management platform, which includes PowerBroker Password Safe, PowerBroker for Unix & Linux, PowerBroker for Windows, PowerBroker Identity Services (the Active Directory bridge), and PowerBroker Management Suite (for auditing and recovery), with the BeyondInsight central management console, provides the potential for an integrated, one-stop approach to privileged account management.

This unified approach is a key differentiator for BeyondTrust as it competes in a security sector with PIM specialists that focus on specific elements of privileged identity, account, and user management, as well as all-rounders from the identity and access management (IAM) sector that see privilege management as a natural extension to their identity management interests.

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