Privileged Access Management (PAM) – Improve Both Security and Efficiency – as Balance Dictates

05/10/2018 | Posted by: Petteri Aatola | Subject: IAM, Information Security, PAM

Privileged Access Management PAM

Many companies and organizations are busy with their cyber security strategies. It is apparent that the importance of security has greatly increased during the past 5 to 10 years. New cyber threats, increased demands for privacy, and growing compliance requirements are driving organizations to invest in security. It is security’s turn to get the spotlight. One outcome is a clear increase of demand in Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions. Why? Because with Privileged Access Management you can address security while not compromising on efficiency.

Let’s take it back a bit. As you know, focusing on just improving security sometimes leads to difficulties in balancing between security and efficiency. If organizations turn up the security notch a bit too much, it will have implications on efficiency – it will become increasingly difficult for people to do their jobs. So, usability and user experience (UX) might suffer when security gets better. And usually people don’t like changes, especially if it makes their lives harder. If the effects to UX are too extreme, it can lead to frustration among the personnel. People might start looking for new challenges. And we all know how expensive that can be.

There is also a risk that might result in actual decrease in security. People want to get things done with the same efforts as before. And if they find a way round a security requirement, they might be very eager to exploit that, to ensure they can do things the way they always have. Or at least as easily. And the way around the security requirement might be less safe than what the old process might have been.

So how to deal with this? First, you must acknowledge that it’s best to plan and work as the balance between security and efficiency dictates. And that might mean different things for different organizations. But one thing you should always keep in mind:

Back to PAM. It is a pretty good bet that with a PAM solution you are able to actually increase both security and efficiency! Here is why should you invest in a PAM solution:

With Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution you…

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However, remember that PAM is only one island. In the bigger picture having solid Governance as a whole is the larger target to aim for – and yes, you are very welcome to ask about that as well.