Cybersecurity is awash in technical terms and industry buzzwords. The CyberArk Glossary is your guide through a sea of complicated terminology, providing easy-to-understand definitions and resources for further exploration.
Access management solutions are used by businesses to authenticate, authorize and audit access to on-premises and cloud-based applications and IT systems.
Active Directory (AD) is Microsoft’s directory and identity management service for Windows domain networks. AD is used for user authentication and authorization by a variety of Microsoft solutions like Exchange Server and SharePoint Server, as well as third-party applications and services.
Adaptive MFA is a method for using contextual information and business rules to determine which authentication factors to apply to a particular user in a particular situation. Businesses use Adaptive Authentication to balance security requirements with the user experience.
An app gateway is an enterprise security solution that lets users access traditional web applications hosted in corporate data centers using the same logon credentials and methods they use to access mobile apps and cloud services.
Sometimes referred to as Cloud Entitlements Management solutions or Cloud Permissions Management solutions, CIEM solutions apply the Principle of Least Privilege access to cloud infrastructure and services, helping organizations defend against data breaches, malicious attacks and other risks posed by excessive cloud permissions.
Cloud workload security refers to the practice of protecting applications, services, capabilities run on a cloud resource. Virtual machines, databases, containers and applications are all considered cloud workloads.
A data breach is a security incident in which malicious insiders or external attackers gain unauthorized access to confidential data or sensitive information such as medical records, financial information or personally identifiable information (PII). Data breaches are one of the most common and most costly types of cybersecurity incidents.
Endpoint security refers to the practice of protecting enterprise networks against threats originating from on-premises or remote devices. An endpoint is any device that provides an entry point to corporate assets and applications and represents a potential cybersecurity vulnerability.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions enable administration of user identities and control of access to enterprise resources. IAM solutions ensure the right individuals have access to the right IT resources, for the right reasons, at the right time.
Identity as a Service (IDaaS) is an Identity and Access Management solution delivered in the form of a cloud-based service hosted and managed by a trusted third party. An IDaaS offering combines all the functions and benefits of an enterprise-class IAM solution with all the economic and operational advantages of a cloud-based service.
Using the just-in-time (JIT) access methodology, organizations can elevate human and non-human users in real-time to provide elevated and granular privileged access to an application or system in order to perform a necessary task. Cybersecurity industry analysts recommend JIT access as a way of provisioning secure privileged access by minimizing standing access.
The principle of least privilege (PoLP) refers to an information security concept in which a user is given the minimum levels of access – or permissions – needed to perform his/her job functions. The principle of least privilege is widely considered to be a cybersecurity best practice and is a fundamental step in protecting privileged access to high-value data and assets.
Malware attacks are any type of malicious software designed to cause harm or damage to a computer, server, client or computer network and/or infrastructure without end-user knowledge. Cyber attackers create, use and sell malware for many different reasons, but it is most frequently used to steal personal, financial or business information.
Multi-Factor Authentication is a method for using contextual information and business rules to determine which authentication factors to apply to a particular user in a particular situation. Businesses use MFA to balance security requirements with the user experience.
Privilege access management (PAM) refers to a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy – comprising people, processes and technology – to control, monitor, secure and audit all human and non-human privileged identities and activities across an enterprise IT environment. Organizations implement privilege access management to protect against the threats posed by credential theft and privilege misuse.
Ransomware is a type of malware designed to extort victims for financial gain. Once activated, ransomware prevents users from interacting with their files, applications or systems until a ransom is paid, usually in the form of an untraceable currency like Bitcoin.
Robotic process automation (RPA) is an automation technology that helps organizations to partially or fully automate standardized tasks. Robotic process automation software robots, or “bots” can mimic the actions of humans to perform work.
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a software licensing and distribution model in which a service provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet. Also referred to as “on-demand software,” “hosted software,” and “web-based software,” SaaS is one of three main components of cloud computing—which is one of the foundational elements of digital transformation.
Secrets management allows organizations to consistently enforce security policies for non-human identities. Secrets management provides assurance that resources across tool stacks, platforms and cloud environments can only be accessed by authenticated and authorized entities.
Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) provides a standard way for businesses and application providers to share user authentication and authorization data and federate identity management functionality.
Single Sign-On (SSO) is an authentication method that lets users access multiple applications and services using a single set of login credentials. SSO can help businesses improve user satisfaction and productivity, strengthen access security, and reduce IT operations expense and complexity.
A virtual directory is an Identity and Access Management architectural component that gives identity consumers a consolidated and unified view of identity management information stored in multiple disparate data repositories.
Zero Trust is a strategic cybersecurity model designed to protect modern digital business environments. Zero Trust is centered on the belief that organizations should not automatically trust anything, whether it’s outside or inside its network perimeter. Zero Trust models demand that anyone and everything trying to connect to an organization’s systems must first be verified before access is granted.