Privileged Access Management

Sapphire’s Privileged Access Management (PAM): Safeguarding the Keys to Your Digital Kingdom

With technology now a central part of any business’s functioning, risk concentrates around those who can control it. Because of this, admin or senior accounts are a big target for attackers once on the network. The ability to seize control of or escalate privileges is a vital part of lateral movement and crucial data theft.

Sapphire’s Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions protect these keys to the kingdom. By intelligently mapping identities to policies and roles on specific systems, security teams can ensure least-privileged access to minimise the attack surface dynamically.

why Sapphire

Secure: Reduce the potential exposure of administrator-privileged credentials, minimising a significant target for attackers while ensuring access for key staff members.

Optimised: Automate an otherwise time-consuming function and manage user accounts more efficiently while shifting to a least-privileged approach.

Governing: Track, audit and catalogue user access for forensic investigations and compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Privileged Access Management (PAM) is a solution to manage privileged user accounts with elevated permissions which can access critical corporate resources. Privileged accounts are high-value targets because they can make administrative-level changes to critical applications or systems.

Sapphire provides a range of solutions to help organisations protect privileged accounts against security breaches, human error, and malicious intent. Rather than focussing on credentials, they map identity to policies and roles on specific operations.

i. Human access
  • Superuser accounts with IT administrator access for making configurations
  • Secure socket shell (SSH) keys that are used for access control protocols
  • Domain administrator accounts with administrative access across all servers and workstations
ii. Non-human access
  • Service accounts are used by a service or application to interact with the operating system.
  • Application accounts
  • SSH keys
  • Maintain an up-to-date inventory of privileged accounts
  • Minimise the number of privileged personal accounts
  • Ensure a rigorous password policy
  • Do not allow admins to share administrative accounts
  • Monitor and log all privileged activities
  • Review permissions to critical assets regularly

Identity and Access Management manages access to resources and applications for all user types. PAM focuses on a smaller subset of privileged users like administrators or anyone with elevated privileges.

Even though increasing security is the key benefit of a PAM system, there are other advantages:

i. Protection against insider threats

Some attacks against privileged users originate inside the organisation or from former employees. PAM helps organisations identify these.

ii. Ensure Compliance

PAM systems have auditing tools that record activities to enable a clear audit trail. Privileged Access Management(PAM) can, therefore, help organisations comply with HIPAA, ICS CERT, PCI DSS, SOX, FISMA, GLBA, ISO 27002 and FDCC.

iv. Increased Productivity

Privileged Access Management (PAM) systems benefit privileged users because they allow them to log in faster without remembering multiple passwords. Additionally, PAM enables admins to manage privileged user access from a central location.