KuppingerCole Report
Buyer's Compass
By Paul Fisher

Privileged Access Management

Privileged Access Management (PAM) is one of the most important areas of risk management and security in any organization. Privileged accounts have traditionally been given to administrators to access critical data and applications. But, changing business practices, agile software development and digital transformation has meant that users of privileged accounts have become more numerous and widespread. To reduce the risk of privileged accounts being hijacked or fraudulently used, and to uphold stringent regulatory compliance within an organization, a strong PAM solution is essential.
By Paul Fisher
pf@kuppingercole.com

1 How to Use the Buyer´s Compass

This KuppingerCole Buyer’s Compass on PAM solutions provides information about

  • Use Cases
  • Functional Selection Criteria
  • Non-functional Selectio ...
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2 Market Segments Defined

Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions are critical cybersecurity controls that address the security risks associated with the use of privileged ...

With the attack surface expanding and the number of attacks increasing every year, an integrated and more comprehensive PAM solution is most often req ...

At KuppingerCole, we classify the Privileged Access Management (PAM) market into the following key technology functions with PAM vendors providing var ...

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3 Top Six Use Cases for PAM

The top six use cases for PAM are listed below in table I.

Use Case Description
Cyber Security Hackers and cyber criminals have ...
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4 Top 20 Selection Criteria - Functional

When looking at products in detail there are often hundreds of different criteria to be evaluated. However, there are some criteria that are of higher ...

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5 Top 10 Selection Criteria - Non-functional

Aside from the functional selection criteria listed above, there are several non-functional criteria to consider when deciding on PAM. Table III lists ...

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6 PAM Selection Criteria and Use Cases Matrix

Having identified the most important use cases and selection criteria for vendors in PAM, this section provides a matrix that maps use cases and funct ...

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7 Top 5 Prerequisites - Technical

Privileged Access Management cannot be isolated from other areas of IT Security. Thus, there are some technical prerequisites that should be met befor ...

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8 Top 10 Prerequisites - Organizational

Success in PAM rollout depends not only on the technology selected; there are also various organizational prerequisites. The following table lists the ...

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9 Top 10 Prerequisites to ask the PAM Vendors

Aside from asking for specific features, there are some more questions that are worth asking vendors. The following questions help in understanding th ...

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