Privileged Access Management (PAM)
Privileged Access Management (PAM), in simple terms, is a solution that helps secure, control, manage, and monitor privileged access to critical assets.
Through layers of more granular visibility, control, and auditing over privileged identities and activities, PAM helps companies protect against accidental or deliberate misuse of privileged access by streamlining the authorization and monitoring of privileged users. Controlling and monitoring privileged user access to your most critical data and systems is the best way to prevent attacks.
What is the difference between PAM and IAM?
Both IAM and PAM are critical areas of cybersecurity that deliver protection to different audiences. We will begin with some basics: What is Identity Access Management? IAM focuses on managing general users and customers, controlling the access and privileges that these users are granted within an application. PAM, on the other hand, is intended for administrative and privileged users by defining and controlling the administrative role of admin users.
Do I need PAM if I have IAM?
IAM and PAM users enter applications through different interfaces. Whilst the audience of IAM enter through the ‘shop door’, PAM users are ‘back office’ users. Consequently, there is a difference in attack surface. The ‘shop door’ (IAM) has a low attack surface and can reveal a lot about individual customers, but does not provide the opportunity to download the entire database. In contrast, the ‘back office’ interface (PAM) allows for the bulk download of databases, subtle changes in stock levels, takings, or log files, etc. This represents the greater data breach surface. In other words, an IAM user will have access to a low number of business-specific applications, whilst a PAM user will have access to a larger number of privileged accounts that have full access to both business and technical functions.
Integration between both IAM and PAM should be performed, assuring all the privileges and accesses are well-controlled, and this is what TSC focuses on when providing its service.
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