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Why Identity Governance & Threat Analytics are the Key Components in the overall Privileged Access Management framework?

Beyond creating identity references for the privileged users 

The Privileged Access Management (PAM) space has been going through major advancements lately. The subsequent wave of digital transformation after the global pandemic, and the increasing adoption of cloud computing, along with the alterations in the work environment, have led to the emergence of unique access control use cases. For example, remote access, cloud infrastructure, entitlement management, and just-in-time access. 

Accordingly, what we are witnessing now is a strong demand for PAM solutions. A mature PAM solution provides capabilities to navigate through complex and emerging access management use cases. As these solutions enable the IT security and risk management teams to seamlessly manage privileged identities with well-established identity references and policies, managing the lifecycle of identity has become easy from a security and compliance point of view.

Nevertheless, ensuring a robust IAM framework transcends creating well-established identity references. To reinforce the risk management and risk predictive posture, Identity Governance and Threat Analytics must be incorporated into any PAM project. 

Indeed, the threat vector, created by the ever-increasing number of digital identities, is very large. Every identity in the IT infrastructure must be treated as a perimeter in and of itself. This is absolutely true for privileged identities. And that’s why it is critical to govern the privileged identities and analyze the threat probabilities associated with them.

More explanation in favour of Identity Governance and Threat Analytics 

Both Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Privileged Access Management (PAM) are indispensable tools to address access control use cases. These tools help IT teams to –

  • Provision or deprovision users
  • Establish role-wise and time-wise access to the critical systems/ applications
  • Create workflow matrix for IT administrative ease
  • Build a rule and role-based centralized access control policy
  • Vault, generate and randomizes passwords

In the case of privileged users, a PAM tool also helps to –

  • Monitor every privileged session
  • Generate detailed and customized reports of every end-user activities
  • Authorize end-users with multi-factor authentication mechanism

Nevertheless, if we consider the changing threat patterns in the Privileged Access Management landscape, strong identity governance and predictive threat analytics mechanisms become extremely relevant to building a comprehensive IT security infrastructure. Privileged Access Management threats magnify when anomalous behaviour associated with privileged access goes unnoticed.

If the IT risk management team fails to detect the anomalies or identify the suspicious activities happening around the entire IT infrastructure, there could be incidents of identity abuse, and subsequent data breaches. Therefore, it is important to have privileged threat analytics capabilities so that the IT risk management team gets alerts of anything suspicious from malicious insiders or compromised third-party users. 

Similarly, privileged access governance helps to manage privileged assignments, review them from time to time, allow secure privileged access, and ensure policy-based segregation of duties.

Leveraging Identity Governance & Threat Analytics with ARCON | PAM

ARCON | Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution helps in governing identities and at the same time uses deep-learning threat detection techniques to assess the level of IT risks. 

With ARCON’s User Access Governance, IT infrastructure and security teams can –

  • Configure the review circle of all access given to the users
  • Allow or revoke any privileged account mapped to a particular user
  • Govern the accounts mapped to a particular user at regular intervals
  • Modify the details of the configured user and deleted user
  • Pre-schedule the review process at a particular date

 ARCON’s highly effective AI-based Knight Analytics tool helps to –

  • Detect anomalies in the logged data based on the historic records of the users
  • Predict risks on the basis of user activities of the users with the help of machine learning algorithms
  • Graphically display the risk percentage score associated with privileged user or user groups

Conclusion

In a nutshell, we have entered a phase when identity governance and threat analytic mechanisms have become vital to address security challenges arising from Privileged Access Management.

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