What is Privileged Identity Management?
Any IT infrastructure hosts a multitude of accounts, each with their own levels of rights and privileges. Some accounts consist of only users and may not have the rights to access files, install programs or change configuration settings. At the same time there are other accounts within the same infrastructure with different permission levels, which might have some or all of these rights. These accounts with higher permission levels are known as Privileged Identities (PI’s), super user accounts or super control accounts.
Usually such accounts are held by senior management members like the CEO, CIO and DataBase Administrators (DBA’s). A lot of care is needed to ensure that PI’s are not abused or misused. This is where Privileged Identity Management (PIM) has a role to play. PIM is a domain within Identity Management (IM), which focuses on the monitoring, governance and control of such powerful accounts, within an organization.