Privileged Session Manager for Cloud: Quite Possibly the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread
October 25, 2018 | Security and Risk | Corey O'Connor
When first introduced, sliced bread delivered a new level of efficiency and revolutionized the kitchen for the average American family. It was positioned as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.” Simply put, automating a very uncomplicated process immediately made people’s lives easier, enabling them to be more productive and focus their attention on more important things. A woman penned a letter to the New York Times back in the early 1940s stating the following:
“I should like to let you know how important sliced bread is to the morale and saneness of a household. My husband and four children are all in a rush during and after breakfast. Without ready-sliced bread I must do the slicing for toast—two pieces for each one—that’s ten. For their lunches I must cut by hand at least twenty slices, for two sandwiches apiece. Afterward I make my own toast. Twenty-two slices of bread to be cut in a hurry!₁”
Large enterprises searching for ways to become more operationally efficient while at the same time saving a bit of dough (pun), have naturally turned to the cloud to fuel digital transformation. We continue to see the shift from traditional on-premises infrastructure and applications to cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms, with organizations aiming to take advantage of the agility and cost savings delivered by as-a-service approaches.
Cloud computing usage is no longer limited to things such as disaster recovery, business continuity, record retention or test and dev. It has expanded and evolved to include more mission and business-critical applications that help drive the success of the business. To realize these benefits, many organizations today exist in a hybrid model that requires integrating disparate cloud platforms, services and applications, and this presents a new set of enterprise-level challenges. To adequately protect this increasingly complex network of applications and systems, organizations also need a unified privileged access security approach to reduce risk from external attackers and malicious insiders, while maximizing operational efficiency and end-user productivity.
Introducing CyberArk Privileged Session Manager for Cloud
We are happy to announce our version of the greatest thing since sliced bread. We know it’s the most overused hyperbole to describe innovation, but this time, it’s truly the case as it relates to operational efficiency and security.
Over the past year, CyberArk has made an orchestrated effort to simplify the way privileged access security is delivered and experienced. Privileged Session Manager for Cloud, part of the CyberArk Core Privileged Access Security Solution, takes it one step further by enabling our customers to: deliver ease of access and security without compromise, bridge the gap between operational challenges and experience a sound security posture.
Cloud administrators and privileged business users may not have to tediously cut 22 slices of bread as part of their daily routine – but – they face many other obstacles in performing their jobs, such as console fatigue as they try to enforce security policies across a growing number of systems. CyberArk takes this burden away, making access both easy and secure. Secure access is implemented transparently for the end user with no change to the application required. In fact, end users can experience a 3X faster connection to cloud platforms and web applications compared to traditional session management solutions. Additionally, this milestone makes CyberArk the first and only privileged access security vendor to deliver native access for cloud platforms, SaaS and social media applications that no other vendor can match.
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Security and audit teams now have complete visibility of cloud admin and privileged user activities. The solution provides an application-aware architecture that can observe user interactions within both cloud platforms and web applications, detect and alert on potential attacks in the event of high-risk or malicious activity, and create a detailed audit of all session activities. Through integration with Privileged Threat Analytics, the solution’s customizable risk scoring allows organizations to pre-define high-risk activity and assign it to privileged activity in real time. By assigning risk-based scoring to privileged sessions, audit teams can prioritize and streamline the audit review process based on risk versus randomly reviewing privileged sessions in hopes of catching something high-risk or malicious. The solution provides a single pane of glass view to prevent and detect attacks involving privileged access across on-premises, hybrid and cloud environments; and also integrates with leading Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platforms.
Take the Next Step Forward in Securing Privileged Access
The best part about announcing Privileged Session Manager for Cloud is that it’s a free and complimentary solution for all existing customers with Core Privileged Access Security user licenses! For full release details, existing customers can access the release notes and download Privileged Session Manager for Cloud directly from the CyberArk Support Vault.