Over the past two decades, with the rise of the Internet and the growth of cloud services, enterprises, and organizations, including government agencies, have transformed the way they do business and serve their constituents.
Depending on the nature of their work, IT superusers have or need root access to be efficient and productive. Creating a team of superusers makes sense, especially for large organizations, with thousands of servers under management. With a well-managed sysadmin team, their work can be streamlined, and mistakes can be reduced when the team shares the same root accounts on all servers.
Weak passwords have long been the Achilles heel of IT teams, and despite all the best intentions, corporate policies, education, and workarounds, passwords aren’t going away any time soon. There is some buzz around password-less access, but there are good arguments to suggest that passwords should play a fundamental role in authenticating access.
The debate on centralized vs. decentralized IT has been going on for decades, and there are solid arguments for both choices. The rise of the cloud changed everything, and today “shadow IT” continues to challenge CIOs and CISOs who are charged with protecting the assets of their organizations while also not restricting the number of productivity tools available which employees and contractors continue to find and use rather than using “official” applications.
With new software-based approaches and cybersecurity automation, organizations can protect themselves from one of the primary causes of breaches – adversaries taking control of privileged accounts by being able to “crack the code” on privileged users’ passwords.
When the COVID-10 pandemic began, no industry in the world was put under more stress than the medical industry. With cases climbing, and more people constantly wanting information on what to do, the medical industry turned to technology to meet the demand.
It is one thing when enterprises use automation, including AI, to improve the efficiency of their ERP, HR, accounting, and other systems, and of course, any enterprise system which collects, stores, and uses data should be fully protected, including a solid Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution as a core part of their IT architecture.
Privileged users inside organizations have access to that company’s most valuable assets. As we have learned from countless exploitations, advanced adversaries target privileged accounts, which is why leading analysts agree: Privileged Access Management (PAM) is not a “nice-to-have” – it is a “must-have.”
Enterprise IT professionals continually strive to simplify the routine tasks they need to perform frequently. The opportunities to do so, associated with Privileged Access Management, lead to substantial improvements in business outcomes, and generally happier IT teams.