The 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management (PAM) evaluated 12 vendors based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute. Centrify believes our position as a Leader in the PAM market can be attributed to the flexibility of our cloud-architected, SaaS-based solution for modern PAM. It is also our understanding that Gartner continues to recognize our rich history in Active Directory bridging, as well as our support for modern cloud identity infrastructures at the core of our Identity-Centric PAM approach.
This recognition is the second time for Centrify; it was also named a Leader in the inaugural 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management. Gartner named Privileged Access Management as one of the Top 10 Security Projects for 2019.*
Over the past few years, it has become evident that privileged credentials are the enabling targets that cyber-attackers are after, evidenced by Centrify research that shows nearly three-quarters of all data breaches involve access to a privileged account. Concurrently, digital transformation has significantly expanded the IT landscape and increased the number of potential vulnerabilities that can be exploited by threat actors. The increase in cyber-attacks and the expanding attack surface that now includes cloud, DevOps, containers, microservices, and more has made securing access to the modern IT estate more challenging than ever.
Centrify believes a more modern approach is required, which reduces the reliance on shared passwords in a vault and instead grants least privilege based on individual identities, whether they are human or machine. By taking an Identity-Centric approach to PAM, privileged users login as themselves and least privilege can be enforced to only permit just enough, just-in-time (JIT) privileged access.
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Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management, Felix Gaehtgens, Abhyuday Data, Michael Kelley, 4 August 2020.
* Gartner, Top 10 Security Projects for 2019, Brian Reed, Neil MacDonald, Peter Firstbrook, Sam Olyaei, Prateek Bhajanka, 11 February 2019.