Exploring The Risks Of Unauthorised Access: How Privileged Access Management Can Mitigate Security Threats

Rajesh Garg

28 May 2024

3 min read

With the rising instances of cyber threats, unauthorised access to critical systems and data has become a top concern for organisations. Businesses are increasingly turning to Privileged Access Management solutions as a proactive measure to strengthen their security posture. Privileged accounts typically hold elevated permissions, granting users extensive control over IT resources. Consequently, if these credentials fall into the wrong hands, they can be exploited to compromise sensitive data, disrupt operations, or launch malicious attacks.

Cybercriminals target privileged accounts to access critical assets. Whether through phishing schemes, malware infiltration, or brute force attacks, adversaries are relentless in their pursuit of exploiting vulnerabilities within a company’s security infrastructure. Once inside, they can exfiltrate sensitive information, manipulate data, or install malware to perpetrate further harm. Moreover, unauthorised access poses a significant threat to regulatory compliance. Industries are required to adhere to strict regulations governing data privacy. Failure to secure privileged access can result in non-compliance penalties, fines, and legal sanctions.

The Role of Privileged Access Management

Privileged Access Management (PAM) serves as a critical defense mechanism against these risks by tightly controlling and monitoring access to privileged accounts. By implementing PAM solutions, companies can enforce least privilege principles, ensuring that users only have access to the resources necessary to perform their roles. This minimises the attack surface and mitigates the risk of unauthorised access. Integrating PAM with comprehensive cyber security services enhances the organisation’s ability to detect, prevent, and respond to security threats.

Furthermore, PAM solutions offer robust authentication mechanisms, such as multi-factor authentication (MFA) and biometric verification, to enhance security. These additional layers of authentication significantly reduce the likelihood of unauthorised users gaining access to privileged accounts, even in the event of credential compromise. Another key component of PAM is session monitoring and recording. PAM solutions enable companies to track and audit privileged user activities in real-time, providing visibility into who accessed what resources and when. This granular level of insight not only deters malicious behavior but also facilitates compliance with regulatory requirements by maintaining comprehensive audit trails.

PAM solutions incorporate privileged threat analytics, a crucial cybersecurity solution, to detect anomalous behaviour and potential security incidents. By leveraging machine learning algorithms, these solutions can identify deviations from normal user behaviour patterns, such as unusual login times or access attempts, and raise alerts for further investigation.

Privileged Access Management with Suraksha: Enhancing Security and Operational Efficiency

Suraksha’s PAM solution offers a comprehensive suite of features designed to enhance security and streamline operations across organizations. Organisations can deploy password management and session management capabilities in minutes, facilitating seamless integration of workloads from various cloud environments. The platform ensures password security through centralised control and management, empowering all teams—from vendors to application users—with single sign-on functionality and secure access to resources. By enabling controlled sessions and password management, Suraksha mitigates the risks associated with unauthorized access and enhances data protection.

Suraksha drives operational efficiency through automation, resource optimisation, and centralized management. By simplifying audit and reporting processes, organizations gain greater visibility and control over their privileged access environment, reducing administrative overhead and improving efficiency.

The solution offers features to safeguard data from targeted attacks, insider threats, and password leakage issues. With internal controls, companies can maintain compliance with regulations such as RBI, IRDA, SEBI, and more. Unified privileged access, remote access, and endpoint privileged management capabilities provide unlimited possibilities for secure access management. High-speed deployment capabilities ensure protection from day one, while increased automation enhances efficiency, enabling automated access management without human intervention.

With the Opex model, companies benefit from predictable costs without additional budget allocation for infrastructure, maintenance, updates, or resources. Suraksha’s robustness and scalability are bolstered by deep Active Directory integration capabilities, allowing seamless collaboration with assets and users managed via Active Directory. Suraksha’s PAM solution offers flexible deployment, making it easier for organisations to adapt to evolving business needs while maintaining operational efficiency. With its comprehensive feature set and user-friendly interface, Suraksha is the preferred choice for organisations seeking to enhance security, streamline operations, and achieve compliance in today’s dynamic business environment.

Rajesh Garg

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Digital Officer - Head of Applications, Cybersecurity & CISO function

With a stellar record in ERP implementations in India, Rajesh leads the 360-degree growth of ERP solutions, cybersecurity solutions, application modernisation, product design and development, and consulting. He brings over 31 years of experience in technology, strategy, transformation, service delivery and assurance.