Include Both Internal And Third-Party Users In Access Management Strategies

A former Amazon employee uses her knowledge to find servers that have been misconfigured to allow access. She exploits that access to take valuable, private user data. That isn’t a hypothetical, it’s a real case that has resulted in a conviction from this person breaching over 100 million customers of Capital One.

That kind of internal access creep, not to mention the fast rising amount of ransomware, third-party breaches, and cyber espionage is why access management is critical for an organization’s cybersecurity. Who has access to what is the foundation of modern cybersecurity architecture, where perimeters are dissolved and data is hidden by a series of internal doors and access points. 

To stay protected, an organization needs to not look outside, but look within at every access point and every user (internal and external) to make sure no one has keys to a door that needs to remain locked.

How PAM Tools Manage Internal Identities

Privileged access management tools are often the solution for securing access to an organization’s most important, or privileged assets. Privileged accounts are often targeted by hackers, and credential theft is on the rise: According to the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, 61 percent of breaches are attributed to leveraged credentials. 

PAM software reduces this risk by employing credential vaulting and allowing for access controls such as multi-factor authentication. While PAM software is important for internal users, there’s still the ever-growing third party problem.

Why Third Parties Also Need To Be Managed

Third parties are necessary for many organizations to operate, and in the age of remote work and digitization, they’re becoming more ubiquitous, and more mandatory, across industries. But, third parties pose a major security risk. The third-party point of access continues to be an organization’s most vulnerable point, and many third parties are opaque, difficult to manage, and given far too much access to an organization’s system. In fact, 44% of organizations experienced a third-party data breach last year as a result of having too much privileged access.

Third-party access software, often referred to as VPAM software, can ease this burden and reduce risk. This kind of software operates similar to a PAM software, but is designed specifically to employ access controls (like ZTNA) and credential vaults for third parties accessing a network. Versions of this software also create audits so organizations can better monitor, and adjust, their third-party access. 

Enterprise Access And Imprivata’s PAM Solution

Previously, for an organization to manage both internal and external access, it either had to be done manually, or the organization had to rely on separate vendors and separate software. It’s well known that organizations feel overwhelmed by access management, and both third-party hacks and credential theft are rising, so organizations are still struggling to stay secure. 

Now, Enterprise Access, Securelink’s third-party access software, can be integrated with Imprivata’s PAM software. This allows an organization to streamline and simplify their access management through one platform and one vendor, while experiencing the protection of both. 

Learn more about the integration.

Learn more about access management.