How Privileged Access Management Fits Into a Layered Security Strategy

In its early stages, privileged access management (PAM) involved protecting only the passwords used for privileged accounts. But it evolved beyond that single purpose in the years that followed. Nowadays, it includes other security functions like multifactor authentication (MFA), session monitoring, proxying and user behavior analytics (UBA). Take a look at how these connect for better protection overall. 

PAM in an Evolving Threat Landscape

To understand why, it’s useful to look at how digital attackers work and which data types they’re hoping to steal. The 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) provides a glimpse into both. Verizon Enterprise found that credentials amounted to the most sought-after data variety in breaches and that more than a quarter of those incidents began with a digital break-in. In order do that, the attackers tried to steal an authorized set of credentials.

The reality is that some of those attackers didn’t just try: they succeeded. Meanwhile, privileged access management has evolved alongside them. Credentials consist of just a username and a password that someone can phish, intercept or leave exposed in some way. It’s too easy for that information to end up in the hands of someone with malicious intent. So, it’s too easy for a single-minded PAM strategy to fail.

Not Just Password Protection

But, at the same time, that’s besides the point. Privileged access manage ..

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