Privileged Account & Session Management

Manage, Monitor and Record Administrative Access to Your Critical Infrastructure

Manually managing passwords for privileged and key accounts is neither scalable nor provides the individual accountability that is required for compliance and governance purposes. In addition, it is vital to monitor, record and control privileged access sessions to detect suspicious user activity and alert in real time of attacks that may be in progress. Centrify Zero Trust Privilege solutions address the various challenges of privileged accounts, ranging from vaulting shared passwords or secrets to gateway and host-based session auditing and video capture capabilities that serve both audit and security needs.

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Manage Privileged Access and Improve Oversight and Accountability

Cyber adversaries are relentless when it comes to finding and compromising their targets’ privileged credentials to gain unfettered access to critical assets. A bad actor with access to these credentials appears as a trusted user and can go undetected for months. Insider attacks can also inflict far more damage when the threat actors have access to privileged accounts.

The global average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million, so Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) have plenty of incentive to manage access to privileged accounts robustly and comprehensively.

While some organizations may attempt to manually manage passwords for privileged and key accounts, that approach does not scale, does not deliver individual accountability and does not provide an acceptable audit trail. Eventually these organizations will face an external audit and will fail. Or worse still, they will be exposed to a high visibility cyber-attack.

In addition, IT organizations need to be able to audit privileged activity for both security and to meet regulations from SOX, HIPAA, PCI DSS, NIST, FISMA and more.

Thus, it’s about time to move to a cloud-ready, commercially available solution that covers all aspects of today’s privileged account and access management needs.


Centrify has you covered when it comes to taking privileged account management to the next level. Centrify Zero Trust Privilege solutions help customers reduce the complexity typically associated with managing and sharing access to privileged accounts.

With Centrify you can:

Discover All Instances of Privileged User Accounts

Automatically discover and correlate IT administrator accounts (both privileged and unprivileged) in accordance with Microsoft’s Red Forrest design.

Establish Custom Workflows for Obtaining Privileged Access

Govern access to privileged accounts and roles with built-in request and approval workflows to minimize the attack surface.

Securely Store Privileged User Credentials in a Vault with Check-In and Check-Out Functionality

To achieve compliance (e.g., SOX, PCI, HIPAA, etc.), privileged access must be controlled, and shared accounts should always be disabled or locked down. This can be done via a password vault that allows for proper check-in and check-out procedures to assure accountability and limit the time of access. For security reasons, enforce automatic password rotation after each use.

Securely Store Application-to-Application Passwords/Secrets in a Vault

Remove the need for hard-coded passwords or secrets in applications, scripts and for service accounts, minimizing the risk created by developers having access to accounts with elevated privileges.

Establish Gateway- and Host-Based Session Auditing and Video Capture

Capture and collect data in a high-fidelity recording of each privileged session on any server or network device across your on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure. Store sessions in an easily searchable SQL server database for a holistic view of exactly what happened on any system, by any or all users and at any given time.

Monitor and Terminate Suspicious Activity in Real-Time

Gain new levels of oversight for privileged sessions on critical infrastructure. Administrative users or security operations team members can watch activity in remote sessions in real-time and can instantly terminate suspicious sessions through the Centrify admin portal.

Prevent Spoofed or Bypassed Access with Advanced Monitoring

Discover rogue activity such as the creation and storage of SSH key pairs that would make it easy to bypass security controls, and attribute activity to the individual user. Audit all SSH session activity at the process level in forensic detail for security review, corrective action and compliance reporting.

Easily Integrate with SIEM, Alerting and Reporting Tools

Privileged access data is captured and stored to enable robust querying by log management tools and integration with external reporting tools. Streamlined integration with SIEM and alerting tools such as Micro Focus ArcSight, IBM QRadar and Splunk identify risks or suspicious activity quickly.

Leverage an Indexed and Searchable Database of Session Activity

Record all privileged sessions and metadata, attributing activity to an individual to deliver a comprehensive picture of intentions and outcomes. Searchable playback feature gives IT security managers and auditors the ability to see exactly what users did and identify abuse of privilege or the source of a security incident.

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