CyberArk Privileged Access Manager vs Delinea Secret Server comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Sep 5, 2022

We performed a comparison between CyberArk Privileged Access Manager and Delinea Secret Server based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Many CyberArk PAM users say that the initial setup is complex and requires technical expertise. Most Delinea Secret Server users say that the initial setup is straightforward, but some users say it is complex.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability.

    CyberArk reviewers like its centralized management and say it is secure and robust. A couple of users mention that it has a bit of a learning curve.

    Secret Server users say it is user friendly and reliable with good automation capabilities. Some users note that they would like more support for containers.
  • Pricing: Most CyberArk reviewers feel that its price is high. In contrast, most Delinea reviewers feel that it is fairly priced.

  • ROI: CyberArk users report seeing an ROI. Secret Server users do not mention ROI.

  • Service and Support: Most users of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Delinea Secret Server has an edge over CyberArk in this comparison. According to reviews, Secret Server is easier to set up, more reasonably priced, and more user friendly.

To learn more, read our detailed CyberArk Privileged Access Manager vs. Delinea Secret Server Report (Updated: May 2023).
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"The Password Upload Utility tool makes it easier when setting up a Safe that contains multiple accounts and has cut down the amount of time that it takes to complete the task.""CyberArk has the ability to change the credentials on every platform.""All of the features of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager are valuable.""It is a robust product.""It has a centralized page where you can manage everything. This makes work easier. You don't have to remember different module URLs or browser applications. It is very easy to get all the secure identities of other environments into a single page, which is very important for us as it helps a lot in terms of operations, e.g., reduces management time. This is a single page where you can manage all accounts and onboard them to the CyberArk. You can then secure and see passwords from everywhere. So, there is a single pane of glass where you can manage all the identities across environments as well as across different types of identities.""Creating policies and the password rotation feature have been valuable. We don't have to memorize our password for the ADM account.""Performance-wise, it is excellent.""We like it for the ability to automatically change passwords. At least for my group, that's the best thing."

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"The GUI interface is well-designed and user-friendly.""One of the features I find most valuable is workflow, which allows you to configure the solution to have multiple approvals.""Delinea's network integration is the most useful. For example, I use a Check Point firewall connect to SmartConsole, so I need to do a lot of configuration in Delinea Secret Server. Native integration with Check Point is valuable. You can also go download whatever API you need from the cloud, whether you're using Check Point, Palo Alto, etc. Enriched discovery is another good feature. If you are dealing with several kinds of systems, you can see which system requires privileged access to my network.""The solution is scalable.""I like that it is Windows-based. It is good that primarily, it is not an appliance. Some of the other applications in the space, such as a Quest Software CPAM or a Safeguard, are appliances, so you can't deploy the ends of them. With Thycotic, you can either install your Temporal Protection module physically in the VM host, or you can use BouncyCastle for high-security module capabilities.""Technical support is pretty good.""The surveillance is most valuable.""I like that it's user-friendly."

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"The support services could act faster when people reach out to resolve issues.""They are sometimes not flexible with things. For instance, from one day to another, there might be something that had been done years ago by CyberArk, then they say, "We do not support that." You then have to initiate a complaint and start working with them. Things might become complicated and months pass while you are working with them. Usually, they are good and fast, but sometimes they seem to be blocked with problems, e.g., you will suddenly be working with another team instead of the team that you were working with the day before.""It should be easy to use for non-technical people. Its interface can be a bit difficult. Some parts of its interface are not very intuitive. Some of the controls are hidden, and instead of having a screen with all the controls for that account on it, you have to use menus and other similar things.""The solution could improve by adding more connectors.""The tool’s pricing and scalability can be better.""What could be improved in CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is the licensing model. It should be more flexible in terms of the users. Currently, it's based on the number of users, but many users only log in once in four months or once in five months. It would be great if the licensing model could be modified based on user needs. We even have users who have not logged in even once.""If you are an administrator or architect, then the solution is kind of complicated, as it is mostly focused on the end user. So, they need to also focus on the people who are implementing it.""One thing that could be improved is to create of a better alternative for fixing group policy fees. We currently use Microsoft, but they have introduced new policies that may not be compatible."

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"Although the password policy was interesting, the default setting was inadequate.""The setup for this solution is complex. I'm not going to lie, you need a specialized system security engineer to deploy it.""This product is excellent in every way except minor details in handling extremely large environments.""We find the documentation hard to understand.""What needs improvement? The product can be improved by reducing the number of updates provided.""Its remote support feature needs improvement.""I'd prefer a better commercial model that includes partners and options for consulting around it. Where I've worked with my customers, we've only been able to use their professional services, and that has been a risk and constraint.""Support could be better. I have heard about a lot of problems in the Bangladesh market. People are saying that there are support issues. So, Delinea should focus on support and services."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of CyberArk support could be a little bit less. Otherwise, pricing is fine."
  • "Before we bought it, they were licensing each function individually, which got complicated and very expensive. When we decided to buy it, it was much more straightforward and still quite expensive, but it brings a lot of value and risk reduction to the organization."
  • "It is in line with its competitors, but all such solutions cost too much money."
  • "CyberArk DNA is free if you purchase the CyberArk solution. There is no additional charge for CyberArk DNA, which is great."
  • "The main problem for the tool is its licensing. I work for a really big company. When you try to develop this as a service, usually you work with leverage teams who are formed with dozens of members. You might dedicate one FTE, or less, for something, e.g., an antivirus administrator. You might have half an FTE's effort dedicated to administering the antivirus, but then you have a team of about 30 users who might access that ticket. The problem is that CyberArk eliminated the possibility of concurrent users years ago. This is a big problem for companies who work with leverage teams. You need to pay for everyone. 40 licenses are used by 20 or 30 people. This is a big problem because licenses are not precisely cheap."
  • "It's expensive, certainly. But CyberArk is the leader in the market with regards to privileged access management. You pay a lot, but you are paying for the value that is being delivered."
  • "Previously, the pricing was very meager. They started publicizing and advertising the solution, growing CyberArk, as an organization. They also changed their pricing with that growth, e.g., the pricier the product, the more people who will purchase it."
  • "Generally, I don't get involved in the licensing or the purchasing side of it, but I do know that the licenses are expensive."
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  • "It is very expensive, and its price should be lower."
  • "Pricing is comparable to competing products."
  • "When comparing the price of Thycotic Secret Server with other solutions it is reasonable."
  • "It would be beneficial if it were reduced."
  • "Most customers opt for a yearly license."
  • "We have an enterprise license as well as a user license and a support license."
  • "There is an annual license needed to use Delinea Secret Server."
  • "I would give the price a four on a scale from one to ten, with one being the cheapest and ten being the most expensive. We pay for the license on a yearly basis, and we paid for three years. It costs around 5000 a year."
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    Also Known As
    CyberArk Privileged Access Security
    Thycotic Secret Server
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    CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is a next-generation solution that allows users to secure both their applications and their confidential corporate information. It is extremely flexible and can be implemented across a variety of environments. This program runs with equal efficiency in a fully cloud-based, hybrid, or on-premises environment. Users can now protect their critical infrastructure and access it in any way that best meets their needs.

    CyberArk Privileged Access Manager possesses a simplified and unified user interface. Users are able to manage the solution from one place. The UI allows users to view and manage all of the information and controls that administrators need to be able to easily access. Very often, management UIs do not have all of the controls and information streamlined in a single location. This platform provides a level of visibility that ensures users will be able to view all of their system’s most critical information at any time that they wish.

    Benefits of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager

    Some of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager’s benefits include:

    • The ability to manage IDs and permissions across a cloud environment. In a world where being able to work remotely is becoming increasingly important, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is a very valuable tool. Administrators do not need to worry about infrastructure security when they are away from the office. They can assign and manage security credentials from anywhere in the world.
    • The ability to manage the program from a single centralized UI. CyberArk Privileged Access Manager’s UI contains all of the system controls and information. Users now have the ability to view and use all of their system’s most critical information and controls from one place.
    • The ability to automate user management tasks. Administrators can save valuable time by assigning certain management tasks to be fulfilled by the system itself. Users can now reserve their time for tasks that are most pressing. It can also allow for the system to simplify the management process by having the platform perform the most complex functions.

    Reviews from Real Users

    CyberArk Privileged Access Manager’s software stands out among its competitors for one very fundamental reason. CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is an all-in-one solution. Users are given the ability to accomplish with a single platform what might usually only be accomplished with multiple solutions.

    PeerSpot users note the truly all-in-one nature of this solution. Mateusz K., IT Manager at a financial services firm, wrote, "It improves security in our company. We have more than 10,000 accounts that we manage in CyberArk. We use these accounts for SQLs, Windows Server, and Unix. Therefore, keeping these passwords up-to-date in another solution or software would be impossible. Now, we have some sort of a platform to manage passwords, distribute the inflow, and manage IT teams as well as making regular changes to it according to the internal security policies in our bank."

    Hichem T.-B., CDO & Co-Founder at ELYTIK, noted that “This is a complete solution that can detect cyber attacks well. I have found the proxy features most valuable for fast password web access.”

    Secret Server is a fully-featured Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution available both on premise and in the cloud. It empowers security and IT ops teams to secure and manage all types of privileged accounts and offers the fastest time to value of any PAM solution.

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    Sample Customers
    Rockwell Automation
    Secure-24, University of San Diego, International Rescue Committee, San Francisco Ballet, Perkins Coie, University of San Diego, D.S.S. Limited, Turbo's Hoet, Eclipse Computing, Cathay Bank, Stellarise, J&R Consulting
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Insurance Company12%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Educational Organization11%
    Computer Software Company39%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Consumer Goods Company6%
    Educational Organization21%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Buyer's Guide
    CyberArk Privileged Access Manager vs. Delinea Secret Server
    May 2023
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    CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is ranked 1st in Privileged Access Management (PAM) with 37 reviews while Delinea Secret Server is ranked 3rd in Privileged Access Management (PAM) with 22 reviews. CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is rated 8.4, while Delinea Secret Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager writes "Lets you ensure relevant, compliant access in good time and with an audit trail, yet lacks clarity on MITRE ATT&CK". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Delinea Secret Server writes "Excellent access management that can serve very large networks". CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is most compared with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), WALLIX Bastion, SailPoint IdentityIQ and One Identity Safeguard, whereas Delinea Secret Server is most compared with HashiCorp Vault, Azure Key Vault, CyberArk Enterprise Password Vault, IBM Security Secret Server and AWS Secrets Manager. See our CyberArk Privileged Access Manager vs. Delinea Secret Server report.

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