Privileged credentials represent “the keys to the IT kingdom.” Intended for use only by authorized administrators, privileged credentials have very little, if any, restrictions on their capabilities. These credentials unlock accounts that can be used to modify system configurations, access sensitive information, and even shut systems down, making them a preferred target of external attackers and malicious insiders alike. An untold number of global superpowers and Fortune 100 companies have fallen victim to privileged credential theft, resulting in malicious attacks on their data and disruptions of service that resulted in irreparable harm to their reputation and expensive, lengthy litigation.
It is critical that organizations properly secure privileged credentials, including passwords and Secure Shell (SSH) keys, by taking a comprehensive approach to Privileged Access Management (PAM).
Enforcing the appropriate controls and mechanisms to protect privileged accounts takes more than just a technology solution. Many organizations purchase a PAM solution with a narrowly focused, single use case in mind. Whether that use case is secure password storage, or even basic tracking of the use of privileged accounts, this often leads to a lack of planning at the enterprise level. Technology should be used as enabler to drive the overall PAM program and strategy; not the other way around. The KPMG and CyberArk alliance takes this into consideration while engaging with clients to protect and monitor privileged accounts, as well as detect, alert, and respond to privileged account threats.
With experience working together on more than 50 successful client projects in multiple regions, KPMG and CyberArk can help your organization develop and implement a comprehensive PAM program that aligns with organizational priorities, risk appetite, and compliance needs. By combining a leading information security team with an advanced privileged account security technology solution, your organization can rapidly reduce the risk posed by unmanaged privileged accounts and address compliance needs related to access controls.
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