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"When it comes to the Privileged Remote Access (PRA) solution, instead of depending on a VPN client, from Cisco or any other vendor, we can directly use this product from the internet. It is very easy to do the implementation, and it is easy for every user to access the server from outside of their organization. They can open the URL and put their name and password, and it'll do the multi-factor authentication. They can easily access the server. Prior to this solution, the users had to log into the VPN, which is not required with BeyondTrust. Now, they can use their computer over the internet.""We can truly elevate our admin rights while we're in there to fully take control of a system and manage it as if it was sitting right here on our desk. Most of the organization has gone to remote work or work from home. With that being the case, this solution allows us to be able to still work with our end-users, even though they're not always sitting on our network.""I like all of it. You can access computers that are on a DMZ. You can access computers that are off the network and on the network. You pretty much have access to computers wherever they are. As long as they have the client on them, you can get to them. So, it is convenient, but its main feature is that you can use your smart card to elevate your privileges remotely. That's a great feature.""This product is very stable and scalable. This is an excellent platform.""It is a real fortress. Its security is very strong. Multi-factor came as a feature out-of-the-box, which was big for us. That helps us meet another compliance requirement. It enforces encryption. Nobody can see what we are doing in our remote system if they happen to be listening for unencrypted traffic. That is its biggest strength.""Its security, simplicity, and ease of deployment and maintenance are the most valuable. It is FIPS compliant, so it goes through severe penetration testing every one year or two years. They have to maintain this compliance. It is very safe. Customers have been using it in the last eight years because of the simplicity of getting it deployed quickly. Most of the people using the solution had been hacked already, so they needed it quickly. As compared to the other solutions in the market, it can be turned on in production very quickly. You don't really need to have a server. It can be deployed very rapidly on VMware or Hyper-V, and you don't need to do an installation. It is a kind of an all-included package that you just deploy in a VM environment. It is basically a VM that is specifically built for a customer. The way the PRA data solutions work is that you need to build them for each customer because of being hard-coded with their SSL certificate, their web page name, and all that.""The scalability is excellent.""The security provided by PRA when it comes to access for remote and privileged users has been outstanding. It has met all of our objectives, everything from password rotation to securing and allowing us to clamp down access to the auditing and monitoring features."

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"It's easy to use and easy to configure.""Comprehensive coverage of the required features for the PAM solution."

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"They could probably integrate a wizard or something like that to add a new use case. It could be something that makes it easier to add a new use case.""The integration client, backup solution, and SSO setup and provisioning could be improved. There isn't any documented or supported user provisioning currently, which slows down the processes of onboarding and assigning permissions. I would like to see this improved soon.""It would be very nice if it has an enterprise vault. Currently, it can interact with Password Safe, which is a separate solution and equivalent to Thycotic Secret Server. Instead of having Password Safe as a separate entity, they should combine it with BeyondTrust Privileged Remote Access. They have done it in some way, but it is not an enterprise tech solution.""There is no connectivity to the appliance side. There is no API, and it is just difficult for me to capture what version the device is on without going in and doing screenshots. It is a little too secure in that regard, where they don't even trust their product owner. Since a lot of hacks come from the inside, they are probably doing what they need to do out of necessity. It is just that I have to work pretty hard to produce compliance data on the box.""The price is pretty expensive.""One of our gaps or pain points is having multi-factor authentication at the endpoint and using the PRA password injection from BeyondTrust, which does not work in our environment. We can only have MFA at the login of BeyondTrust to check out the password. Therefore, we can't meet our security requirements of having it on the endpoint.""Its management is through two different portals, and you can't get from one portal to the other. I have to literally open up another website and go into it a different way. There are no inner links between the two. They should interlink the actual virtual server and the appliance. In general, there should be one interface for management for admins.""The solution is very flexible, which is a plus, but I would say the implementation requires someone with knowledge and experience, as it can be easy to get lost in all the details. The implementation process could be streamlined and simplified. Though the complexity of the solution provides greater flexibility, it requires a lot of time to understand it fully."

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"The management console could be improved.""The response time for support could be faster. Some features should be added: cloud-based, VPN-less, more secure, and it should be adjusted in a hybrid environment."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is pretty expensive, but you get what you pay for and this is a great product."
  • "I wish it was a little bit cheaper, but when a product is as solid as this, I understand what the cost does. It helps them to make sure it stays that way. If you want a reliable, solid product, you're going to pay more."
  • "Don't get into a situation where you are licensing per desktop or per person until you fully understand the licensing."
  • "My client found the solution a bit expensive but considering their use case and requirements, they didn't have any other choice. As far as I know, implementation and licensing are the only costs."
  • "I wasn't directly involved in the licensing and pricing, but I can say that PRA is licensed per endpoint added to the Vault. I would advise users to take frequent exports of their license usage package; it's a simple feature that provides a spreadsheet of every machine in the Vault. This helps to cut down on duplicate licenses, which can happen by adding the same endpoint using an IP address and a fully qualified domain name, for instance. The implementation is an additional cost, and they offer several tiers, so the price varies. There are also some optional add-ons, so I would advise people to research the product well and find out precisely what they need regarding features. The Advanced Web Access add-on provides some required functionality when interfacing with websites; that's one to consider."
  • "Its price is pretty good for the features and services that it provides. It is not outrageous. I'm not aware of any additional charges or anything like that."
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  • "The version we are using is affordable compared to BeyondTrust, which is maybe three to four times as expensive, but it depends on the features."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Its security, simplicity, and ease of deployment and maintenance are the most valuable. It is FIPS compliant, so it goes through severe penetration testing every one year or two years. They have to… more »
    Top Answer:It would be very nice if it has an enterprise vault. Currently, it can interact with Password Safe, which is a separate solution and equivalent to Thycotic Secret Server. Instead of having Password… more »
    Top Answer:I have a hundred different use cases. They're all different because every customer is different. One of the top use cases is where a third-party vendor needs to internally access one of the servers or… more »
    Top Answer:Comprehensive coverage of the required features for the PAM solution.
    Top Answer:I think the management console could be improved. I have just watched a demo video for the management console and I think it may need to be simplified. I haven't yet had hands-on experience with the… more »
    Top Answer:Our clients are generally enterprise businesses, mainly in the financial sectors. We are resellers and I'm head of the security business unit.
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    Also Known As
    Bomgar Privileged Access
    CA PAM, Xceedium Xsuite, CA Privileged Access Manager
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    BeyondTrust Privileged Remote Access (formerly Bomgar Privileged Access) lets you secure, manage, and audit vendor and internal remote privileged access without a VPN.

    Privileged Remote Access provides visibility and control over third-party vendor access, as well as internal remote access, enabling your organization to extend access to important assets, but without compromising security.

    Features include:

    - Privileged Access Control: Enforce least privilege by giving users the right level of access.

    - Monitor Sessions: Control and monitor sessions using standard protocols for RDP, VNC, HTTP/S, and SSH connections.

    - Reduce the Attack Surface: Reduce attacks by consolidating the tracking, approval, and auditing of privileged accounts in one place and by creating a single access pathway.

    - Integrate with Password Management: Inject credentials directly into servers and systems with just one click, so users never need to know or see plain text credentials.

    - Mobile & Web Consoles: Use mobile apps or web-based consoles anytime, anywhere.

    - Audit & Compliance: Create audit trails, session forensics, and other reporting features by capturing detailed session data in real-time or post- session review, and provide attestation reports to prove compliance.

    CA Privileged Access Manager is a simple-to-deploy, automated, proven solution for privileged access management in physical, virtual and cloud environments. It enhances security by protecting sensitive administrative credentials such as root and administrator passwords, controlling privileged user access, proactively enforcing policies and monitoring and recording privileged user activity across all IT resources.  It includes CA PAM Server Control (previously CA Privileged Identity Manager) for fine-grained protection of critical servers

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    Sample Customers
    Horizon Beverage, Air Liquide, Gateway Bank of Florida
    NEOVERA, Telesis, eSoft
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Security Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Educational Organization11%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Logistics Company15%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Privileged Access Management (PAM)
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about CyberArk, Delinea, BeyondTrust and others in Privileged Access Management (PAM). Updated: July 2022.
    619,967 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    BeyondTrust Privileged Remote Access is ranked 3rd in Privileged Access Management (PAM) with 12 reviews while Symantec Privileged Access Manager is ranked 13th in Privileged Access Management (PAM) with 2 reviews. BeyondTrust Privileged Remote Access is rated 8.8, while Symantec Privileged Access Manager is rated 5.0. The top reviewer of BeyondTrust Privileged Remote Access writes "Streamlines onboarding and privilege assignment, with Active Directory integration and an intelligent approach to jump points". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Privileged Access Manager writes "Allows IT and consultants to access the infrastructure environment but needs more security and better support". BeyondTrust Privileged Remote Access is most compared with WALLIX Bastion, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, BeyondTrust Remote Support, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and BeyondTrust Endpoint Privilege Management, whereas Symantec Privileged Access Manager is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, ARCON Privileged Access Management, ForgeRock and WALLIX Bastion.

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