Failure to control privileged identities could lead to security breaches by both insiders and external parties, resulting in data loss or destruction, malicious damage, fines, lawsuits and a loss in shareholder value. In addition, auditors are requiring their clients to proactively demonstrate that they have ability to control privileged users and report on their activities.Privileged Identity Management lies at the heart of any cyber-defense whether focused on insiders or external parties.
While security breaches can occur from many sources both inside and outside the organization, the most damaging attacks have something in common: use of privileged accounts. By their nature, these accounts have permissions- or privileges- to significantly change a system, application, or database. Actions using these accounts have the potential to be uniquely destructive.
A common starting point that organizations deploy in order to reduce threats posed by their privileged accounts is to control their passwords. While important, this approach fails to sufficiently reduce the risks posed by privileged accounts. Controlling access to privileged accounts by only controlling the password does not limit what malicious users can do once they are logged in to the privileged account. Without further controls, an organization is still at significant risk.
CA ControlMinder products offer a comprehensive and mature solution for privileged identity management in both physical and virtual environments. CA ControlMinder is a scalable solution that provides privileged user password management, fine-grained access controls, user activity reporting and UNIX authentication bridging across servers, applications and devices from a central management console. CA ControlMinder for Virtual Environments brings privileged identity management and security automation to virtual environments from infrastructures to virtual machines. CA ControlMinder Shared Account Management brings password management to privileged user account identities.