Mitigating the Risk of Privileged Users and Accounts

The security risk posed by insiders is growing in magnitude. What’s at stake? Brand reputation, customer and shareholder confidence, even market capitalization. Companies can address many aspects of this business risk through proactive monitoring and controls, but addressing the risk of privileged « super » users and privileged accounts has remained a uniquely challenging issue. While privileged users and privileged accounts are necessary, they are essentially the keys to the kingdom and must be managed vigilantly to prevent serious risk to your corporate assets.

To help companies manage the very real, but often undetected, risk associated with privileged users and accounts, SailPoint recently partnered with Cyber-Ark Software. Together, we’re providing customers with a « closed loop » solution that integrates privileged account management and identity governance. The combined solution will:

  • Strengthen internal controls over privileged users and privileged accounts;
  • Improve management oversight of privileged accounts through access certifications and activity monitoring
  • Identify exceptions to the business policy and automatically re-define those privileges to comply with policy and regulations; and
  • Identify and assess the risk of privileged accounts in the context of all user access privileges.

By integrating these governance and privileged account management capabilities, organizations will be better able to address critical security vulnerabilities, like insider threats, and meet audit and compliance requirements for access control.

For full details about the Cyber-Ark partnership and integrated solution, please read the press release here. Cyber-Ark and SailPoint will both be exhibiting at next week’s Gartner Information Security Summit in Washington, DC to discuss the challenges of managing privileged users and accounts. If you’re attending the event, be sure to stop by either booth!