Inside an organization, PIM focuses on the management, governance, and control of certain influential accounts.

FREMONT, CA: Every company has a slew of users/accounts, each with its own set of privileges and rights. Some accounts are restricted to users only, and they may not be able to access files, install programs, or change configuration options. At the same time, other accounts with different permission levels within the same infrastructure can have some or all of these privileges. These accounts with higher permission levels are referred to as ‘Privileged Identities.’

These accounts can view and modify data, change configuration settings, and run programs with no restrictions. These accounts have links to the following:

The operating systems that operate all computer platforms.

Network and security applications.

The directory services that manage access to the network.

Line-of-business applications, middleware, and databases.

Backup and other service software and applications.

The hypervisors that handle the virtual machines on the network.

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Individuals are not the only ones that use privileged accounts. When demanding confidential information and computing resources, business applications and computer services should also store and use privileged credentials to authenticate databases, middleware, and other applications. Senior management representatives, such as the CEO, CIO, and Database Administrators, typically have privileged accounts. Privileged Identities must be treated with extreme caution to avoid being misused. Privileged Identity Management (PIM) is crucial in this situation. Inside an organization, PIM focuses on the management, governance, and control of certain influential accounts.

How Critical is PIM to a business?

More than 90 percent of records stolen by hackers today are accessed from web application breaches. As a result, protecting privileged credentials is crucial in protecting an enterprise from hackers and malware.

An efficient PIM process aids in:

Discover and document the existence of privileged account logins in web applications, bundled software programs, line-of-business applications, custom programs, and other applications using.

Determine whether the credentials are encrypted, saved in plain text files, or embedded in the applications.

To avoid service disruptions, monitor the interdependencies of all applications to ensure that each password change is synchronized across interdependent applications.

Secure each embedded application password by making it cryptographically complex, as distinct from other application passwords as possible, and changing it frequently.