Common Misconceptions About Privileged Access Management

In our previous articles, we extensively covered the functionalities and purpose of Privileged Access Management (PAM). As you may recall, PAM is the technology used to secure, control, and monitor remote access to an organization’s assets, focusing on privileged users. These solutions are designed to ensure that only authorized personnel can access any systems, applications, and sensitive data. However, in the world of information, not all information is accurate. There are numerous myths circulating online regarding cybersecurity solutions, many of which are far from the truth. In this article, we will closely examine the most commonly propagated myths surrounding PAM and debunk them to provide a clear understanding of the subject.

PAM is only relevant for large organizations. False!

One common misconception is that PAM is solely necessary for large enterprises. In reality, organizations of all sizes can benefit from implementing PAM. Privileged accounts exist in various systems and applications, and it is crucial to secure them regardless of the organization’s size. At Fudo Security, we offer a comprehensive solution called Fudo One, which is specifically tailored to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). For more details, please visit the
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PAM is too complex and expensive. False!

Some organizations perceive PAM as overly complex and costly, leading to the misconception that it is not worth the investment. You have to know that modern PAM solutions have evolved to be more user-friendly and scalable. The previously mentioned Fudo One is an easy-to-implement solution available for free for up to 3 users and 3 servers. This way you can avoid costly and complicated implementation of more extensive products.  Additionally, as the company grows, Fudo One can be easily developed over time into bigger and more advanced solutions from the Fudo Security portfolio. We provide more information about this product in our article, “Fudo One: Better than a VPN!

PAM is just about password management. False!

While password management is a vital aspect of PAM, it is not the only focus. PAM encompasses a broader range of security measures, including session monitoring and advanced access controls. It is also important to mention auditing and reporting functionalities, which also play a key role in security. Session recording and backup features allow for subsequent event analysis and the identification of objects or persons responsible for the breach of security procedures.

AI-Powered Prevention is also one of the most advanced features in the PAM market. AI analyzes and creates behavior schemes individually for each user. Any suspicious activity is immediately communicated to the administrator, so he can easily track and narrow down any potential threat, wipe it out, and hold a certain subject accountable for their actions. If you want to learn more about market-leading PAM solutions, please check out our Fudo Enterprise.

As you can see, effective PAM solutions extend beyond password management to provide comprehensive protection.

PAM slows down productivity. False!

Some believe that implementing PAM solutions can hinder productivity by adding complexity and additional steps for users. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. With the Fudo Enterprise product, users can get access to Unix/Windows servers, applications, and devices quickly and easily using their favorite native clients, such as Unix Terminals or Putty. They won’t have to change their habits and can continue working as usual. For non-technical users or those without specific preferences, Fudo One provides the possibility to connect through the Fudo Web Client, which only requires a web browser for access. The connection procedure is quick and easy for employees: they simply log in to the Fudo Access Gateway and select the Web client or Native client button next to the desired account they want to use to connect to the server.

With proper planning and implementation, PAM can enhance productivity by streamlining privileged access processes, automating tasks, and reducing the risk of unauthorized access.

Is PAM solely an IT concern? Absolutely not!

While PAM is often mistakenly perceived as solely the responsibility of the IT department, PAM requires collaboration across various departments within an organization. IT teams play a crucial role in implementing and managing PAM solutions, but it is equally important to involve security teams, compliance officers, and business stakeholders. It is a multidimensional initiative that extends beyond technical aspects. It encompasses organizational policies, regulatory compliance, risk management, and overall business objectives. The involvement of multiple departments ensures a holistic approach to managing privileged access and aligns with overall business objectives.

PAM eliminates all security risks. False!

While PAM significantly mitigates security risks associated with privileged accounts, it is important to understand that it does not eliminate all potential threats. PAM focuses on securing and managing privileged access, but it should be complemented by other security measures to create a comprehensive defense strategy. Regular security assessments, vulnerability management, and user education are essential components in maintaining a robust security posture and minimizing the risk of breaches and unauthorized access. Understanding the limitations of PAM and integrating it with other security practices ensures a layered approach to safeguarding sensitive systems and data.

In conclusion, debunking the common misconceptions mentioned above about Privileged Access Management reveals its relevance for organizations of all sizes, its broader range beyond password management, its ability to enhance productivity, the need for collaboration beyond IT, and the importance of complementing it with other security measures. By understanding the true capabilities and limitations of PAM, organizations can implement it effectively and bolster their overall security.

Are there any more myths about PAM that you would like us to investigate? Get in touch with us, and we will provide you with comprehensive information.