What is Privileged User Management?
A privileged user is an employee who has access to the sensitive systems which govern the way your business runs. They are the people responsible for monitoring and modifying the way a system functions, ensuring your system runs smoothly, granting new employees appropriate privileges, and modifying privileges of existing or terminated employees. Privileged User Management is the method for monitoring the people who monitor your systems.
Why do I need Privileged User Management?
Privileged User Management is the best way to guard your business against abuses and help prevent accidental changes by the privileged user(s). It is necessary to implement monitoring and safeguards to mitigate any possible damage. The access privileged users have to sensitive data is the highest of anyone in the company. Often, there is only one person holding the keys to all of this privileged information. At best this can result in the occasional mistake which creates system malfunction and at worst it can result in the malicious use of privileged information to the detriment of the business as a whole.
The answer our experts and other industry leaders have come up with involves centralized access, regulation aware and policy motivated employees, and automated monitoring (Privileged User Management). While the first two can be controlled largely through employee hiring practices and education, there are several systems available to manage and monitor privileged user activity. Manual monitoring processes are ineffective and do not satisfy regulators. Automated Privileged User Management makes monitoring the advanced and powerful changes a privileged user can make easy and efficient.
Automated monitoring can be established through the effective and appropriate implementation of several different types of Privileged User Management identity management software.
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