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PAM - Privileged Access Management

PAM - Privileged Access Management

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PAM - Privileged Access Management

PAM polices privileged accounts (how administrators login to critical IT resources they must manage). Since access rights associated with admin privileges are high level, they are often the target of cyber attacks and must be uniquely secured.

PAM solutions usually take the credentials of privileged (admin) accounts and put them inside a secure repository (a vault). Once there, system administrators must go through the PAM system to access their credentials, where they are authenticated and their access is logged. When a credential is checked back in, it is reset to ensure administrators have to go through the PAM system next time they want to use the credential. By centralizing  the management of privileged credentials in one place, PAM systems can ensure a high level of security for them, control who is accessing them, log all accesses, and monitor for any suspicious activity.

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