Traditionally, organizations have maintained dozens, if not hundreds, of privileged accounts to enable essential administrative tasks in the IT ecosystem. However, these privileged credentials represent a serious security risk, since they can be taken over by attackers or misused by their owners, either accidentally or deliberately. Therefore, privileged access management focused primarily on locking down those accounts, resulting in a complex and never-ending struggle to reduce risk.
Modern privileged access management takes a vastly different approach: providing each admin with just enough access to perform a specific task and for only as long as it takes to perform that task. This eliminates the need to have all those standing privileged accounts at all, slashing both management overhead and security risk.
In this whitepaper, Netwrix detail the best practices involved in minimizing the security risks associated with standing privileged accounts. Then they explore the modern alternative and offer a proven solution for implementing it.