Privileged Identity Management is a subfield with the Identity and Access Management (IAM) space and is expected to be one of the fastest growing IT segments into 2019 by analysts.

The Identity and Access Management is the broad field of access control, which is perhaps one of the most critical fields in the IT arena.

There are, of course, a wide variety of areas of connecting users with the IT assets they need to access for their jobs. Privileged Identity Management is a specific field that focuses on controlling access to high value IT infrastructure.

History of Privileged Identity Management

The field of Privileged Identity Management emerged in the early 2000s due to the inability of traditional IAM solutions to tightly control, manage, and report on access to servers, databases, network equipment, and other critical applications. Privileged Identity Management solutions generally manage few users, but a large number of IT assets. Further, the IT assets that PIM solutions manage are some of the most critical and important systems in an IT organization.

Functionality of Privileged Identity Management

The core functionality of Privileged Identity Solutions centers around providing secure access control for IT admins to these critical resources.

Specifically, user accounts can be issued to IT admins with specific privileges. These privileges are dependent upon the systems and applications involved, but include the ability to write data, create accounts, or execute jobs, for example. In addition to controlling access at a fine grained level, many of these solutions also catalog the actions when using a privileged account. In order to ensure that the privileged accounts are secure, there are numerous mechanisms that PIM solutions employ including leveraging SSH keys, rotating passwords, and adding multiple authentication layers.

Privileged Identity Management capabilities have become even more important in the wake of increased compliance regulations and security requirements. Tightly controlling and tracking user access is critical for all of the major security regulations such as HIPAA, GLBA, PCI, and others. As a wave of serious breaches pour over the world, the center of these breaches have been compromised privileged credentials. With more hacking attempts and bigger economic consequences, organizations are putting far more attention into managing and controlling privileged accounts.

JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® is a new generation of Identity and Access Management solution. By creating a cloud-based directory and connecting it to the IT resources that users need, Directory-as-a-Service® is ushering in a new generation of solution. A core part of DaaS is the management and control over critical IT resources such as servers, databases, wireless access, applications, and other critical IT resources.

If you are interested in controlling your critical accounts and IT resources, take a look at JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service.