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What to Look for in a Privileged Password Management Solution: Frost & Sullivan’s Review of PowerBroker Password Safe

Posted June 11, 2014    Gail Ferreira

laptop-password3It wasn’t long ago that most organizations focused their privileged password management efforts on small subsets of critical servers and applications. Today, given the ever-present need to secure information, applications and assets, we’re seeing expansion of the password management footprint across servers at both smaller firms and larger enterprises alike.

Whether to meet regulatory requirements, tighten security, streamline operations, or all the above, most companies are working to achieve complete password management coverage across their UNIX, Linux, Mac, Windows, Virtual, and Cloud server assets. Adopting a single solution to span all asset classes with central policy, plus reporting and analytics, is now the smart choice.

A new report from Frost and Sullivan provides a product review of PowerBroker Password Safe and highlights what to look for in a privileged password management solution, including:

  • Integration of the solution into a risk management platform that can reveal the susceptibility of managed assets to insider attacks or external attacks that leverage insider credentials
  • Lightweight and agentless deployment, without requiring installations on target systems or using JavaScript, which introduces risk, usability hurdles, and the need for constant updates that impact compatibility
  • A straightforward way to establish password policies that are role-based and synchronized with Active Directory
  • An easy method to discover all assets requiring password rotation and access control
  • And, of course, an effective approval process that minimizes any obstructions to user productivity

Frost and Sullivan endorsed PowerBroker Password Safe since it provides these desirable qualities, deeming it a “solid tool for the secure procurement and dissemination of passwords.”

> Read the Frost & Sullivan report
> Learn more about PowerBroker Password Safe
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