PAM Isn’t Just About User Access Control

From regulations like GDPR to best-practice schemes like Cyber Essentials, there’s a lot of pressure for businesses to improve their cybersecurity posture. Across areas like perimeter protection, malware, and software vulnerabilities, finding, implementing, and managing the right technical controls is a time-consuming and complicated task.

What makes improving your Privileged Account Management (PAM) so powerful is that it doesn’t just help in a single area of compliance and best-practice. While the impact of effective PAM on user access control is obvious, the reality is that passwords play a role in every area of IT – and PAM can help with them all.

In Thycotic’s latest report, you’ll see how the company’s suite of PAM products support all five pillars of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Download your copy now to learn why improving your PAM is such an impactful first step in certification.

The wide-reaching effect of PAM

Fundamentally, strong PAM dramatically increases your control over how users access your systems and data. Introducing automation and centralised, secure password storage makes it easier to enforce strong password policies on every user account that includes administrative privileges. Meanwhile, account detection can be an effective way to uncover unnecessary privileges and start implementing a rule of least privilege.

But user access control is just the start. Because it’s not just user accounts that have passwords.

At the perimeter of your network, your firewall is a key defensive measure – and a valuable target for attackers. Implementing best-practice PAM will cover your firewall too, protecting and monitoring the administrative credentials that an attacker could use to get access to this layer of your security.

Patch management
An automated, software-driven approach to patch management is by far the most efficient way to keep your applications up-to-date. But everything from application discovery to installing patches requires the correct level of access – your patch management software needs privileged credentials. PAM can support your patch management efforts by keeping these credentials secure and confidential.

Ideally, malware will never enter your network – but that’s an unrealistically high expectation in today’s complex, hard-to-govern networks. How PAM can help is by detecting privileged accounts and giving you tools to enforce a rule of least privilege. That way, if malware finds its way in, its access will be severely limited and attackers will be less able to escalate their privileges.

See how Thycotic PAM helps with Cyber Essentials

In the UK, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are valuable ways to improve your security hygiene, get certified, and demonstrate to your customers and stakeholders that you take best practice seriously.

In Thycotic’s report, you’ll see how better PAM plays an important role in achieving certification and how the features of Thycotic Secret Server, Thycotic Privilege Manager, and Thycotic Privilege Behaviour Analytics map to Cyber Essentials requirements.

Get your copy now to learn how you can meet the requirements and prepare your business for certification.

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