CyberArk Privileged Access Manager Valuable Features

SatishIyer - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I'm no longer the product owner for PAM, but I can say that the most useful feature is the vault functionality, which keeps all your passwords secure in a digital vault.

The second most useful feature is the monitoring of your privileged sessions. So you have an audit trail, where any privileged access session has to be authorized, and you have access to all the relevant monitoring controls.

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Security Lead at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

In our initial use case, we found CyberArk's privileged session management functionality to be incredibly flexible. It's challenging to write these plug-ins, but if you have somebody with a development background, you can write all sorts of custom connections to support different functional applications. We've written over a hundred custom connectors ourselves that allow us to do all types of privileged session management for various applications. On top of that, the rest of the API-based central credential providers allow us to get away from credentials that may be hard-coded in the script or some application. 

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Information Security Leader at a government with 10,001+ employees

The Privileged Session Manager has been the most useful feature because we're able to pull back information on how an account is used and a session is run. We're also able to pull training sessions and do reviews of what types of access have been used.

We also use CyberArk’s Secrets Manager. Because AWS is the biggest area for us, we have accounts in AWS that are being rotated by CyberArk. We also have a manual process for the most sensitive of our AWS accounts, like root accounts. We've used Secrets Manager on those and that has resulted in a significant risk reduction, as well. There's a lot to it, but from a high level, we've been able to get some things under control that would have been difficult otherwise.

For DevOps, we've integrated some automation with CyberArk to be able to onboard those systems. There are some native tools like the CFTs that we're using with CyberArk to get CyberArk deployed automatically to them.

It also gives us a single pane of glass to manage and secure identities across multiple environments; a single view with all of the accounts. It's super important for us to be able to see all of that in one place and have that one-stop shop with access to different environments. We have lots of domains because a lot of acquisitions have happened. It's important for us to be able to manage all of those environments with one solution and we do have that capability with CyberArk.

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CyberArk Privileged Access Manager
December 2022
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Miguel Angel Muñoz - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Advisory Services (SAS) Business Growth Lead for Iberia at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

One of the best points is that it gives you full control for all the use cases in your infrastructure, in terms of servers, applications, social networks, batch processes, etc. 

It gives you the ability to know what is happening, who is executing everything, and recover that information over time. Everything is recorded there. This is useful, not only for auditing proposes, but for admins and users. This also helps with troubleshooting. For instance, an application or system starts failing at 4:30 in the morning on a Sunday. Usually, the first questions that you ask yourself is, "What changed at 4:30? What has happened? Who was touching that server?" WIth CyberArk, you have the ability to search for that information and find it in minutes. It is really useful for troubleshooting.

The PPA from CyberArk provides a lot of information about access and allows for possible detection of fraudulent use or different tries of accessing, even for family Internet users. Thus, it gives you another source of information regarding risk.

We are using Secrets Manager with some of our customers. We are using it mainly for containers and DevOps. This secure access is really important, and becoming more important every day. We are constantly moving customers to the cloud. Every day, containers are more important for our customers as they extend into microservices, etc. 

The possibility to integrate with the DevOps cycle is vital right now. Sometimes, containers are deployed while some clients have them very protected. They have a lot of things with Panorama, Microsoft, etc. That is a risk because you are deploying things quickly, along with errors and other things that you are developing. So, having to use hard-coded passwords here would be a big mistake. 

Secrets Manager accelerates a lot of the possibilities and simplifies the process, since development teams just need to use credentials. When they arrive on a project, there are new people or resources in their development teams. Thanks to CyberArk, they just need to manage their identities to have access to everything. They don't need to receive credentials nor search for them. They have everything the day that they start working.

We find it easy to use CyberArk PAM to implement least privilege entitlements. We usually do some interviews at the very beginning with different teams to understand their real needs. We define saves and different AV groups for the kind of users that we are going to prepare. Then, the process to assign permissions to different groups is really easy and straightforward. If you want to change or reduce access, that can be easily changed at any moment.

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Product Owner at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The automatic password management is the most important feature. The second most important feature is the ability to enforce dual control on the release of those passwords. The combination of these two features is the most important thing for us because we can show that we're in control of who uses any non-personal account, and when they do so.

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Information Security Administrator at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees

The most valuable feature is CyberArk DNA, which is an open-source tool used for scanning all servers, like Linux or Unix. We can get a very broad idea of the scope and picture of the servers as well as their predefined vulnerabilities, the service accounts running on them, and the dependent accounts running on those services. We get a very wide scope for all our servers and environments. 

There are some other options like Privileged Threat Analytics (PTA), which is a threat analytics tool of CyberArk that detects violations or any abnormal activities done by users in the privileged solution. This tool is very unique, since other PAM program solutions don't have this. This makes CyberArk the unique provider of this feature in the market.

It is very easy to maintain passwords in the solution, instead of changing them manually or using other tools. So, it is a centralized location where we have accounts and passwords in a database based on our defined policies. 

Product-wise, CyberArk is continuously improving. For the last two years, it has brought on new modules, like Alero and Cloud Entitlements Manager. Alero gives VPN-less access to the environment. So, there are many new things coming into the market from CyberArk. This shows us that it is improving its modules and technology.

We can integrate the solution with any other technologies. This is straightforward and mostly out-of-the-box.

For DevOps, we are using Conjur with a Dynamic Access Provider. We use those modules to make sure identities on other environments have been secured. For Azure and other cloud environments, we have out-of-box options where we can do some little configuration changes to get those identities secured. We have a process of managing these identities for RPA as well.

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.

We have a module called Endpoint Privilege Manager (EPM) that is used for the endpoint, managing the least privilege concept on Windows and Mac devices. We also have On-Demand Privilege Manager (OPM), which is used on UNIX and AIX machines. Using these modules, we can achieve the least privilege management on endpoints as well deploying on servers, if required. 

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Network Engineer at CalSTRS

We like it for the ability to automatically change passwords. At least for my group, that's the best thing.

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Rohan Basu - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

One of the features I found valuable in CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is privileged session management. It's a feature that allows you to record the session, so if there's a risk, that risk can be highlighted.

I also found it valuable that CyberArk Privileged Access Manager can be integrated with PTA, and this means that it will tell you if there's a risk to the logins and signs of risk and if risky behavior is observed. It's a good feature.

Another good feature is the CPM because it helps you rotate the passwords automatically without involving the admins. It can go and update the scheduled tasks and the services. At the same time, if there's an application where it cannot do all of these, CPM will trigger an automatic email to the application owners, telling them that they should go ahead and change the password. This allows you to manage the account password that CyberArk cannot manage, which helps mitigate the risk of old passwords, where the password gets compromised, and also allows you to manage the security of the domain.

Integration is also a valuable feature of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager. It has an application access module function that allows you to integrate and manage applications, including BOT accounts. It also allows you to manage ServiceNow and many other applications.

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Salif Bereh - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

All the features of CyberArk are useful for me, but the biggest one is that CyberArk has logs for all the features. That is important when there is a problem. You know where to look and you have the information. In cyber security, the most important aspect is information.

Another valuable feature is that if you don't have access to a machine, you can see the machine in CyberArk. It's the management capabilities that CyberArk enables for a company that are very useful.

Other useful features are optional, such as recording decisions or rotating passwords.

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Syed Javid - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

When it comes to PAM, it is always about compliance. It has a feature that enables you to access the password in a very secure way using encryption. You also need multiple approvals. For example, if you have access to CyberArk, it doesn't mean that you have access to the server. So, whenever you try to access that server, a request will go to your manager. Once he approves the request, only then will you be able to access the server. These are a few of the features that I like about this solution.

CyberArk PAM provides ease of access based on how they have designed it. It is clearly defined where you have to go and what you have to do. If you are an end user, it is very easy to use and provides a comfort level.

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Security Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The automatic change of the password and Privileged Session Manager (PSM) are the most valuable features. With Privileged Session Manager, you can control the password management in a centralized way. You can activate these features in a session; the session isolation and recording. You apply the full intermediation principle. So, you must pass through CyberArk PAM to get access to the target system. You don't need to know the password, and everything that you do is registered and auditable. In this case, no one gets to touch the password directly. Also, you can implement detection and response behavior in case of a breach.

With CyberArk, you have a centralized store. With Privileged Session Manager, you can just look by the browser, looking through the name of the account, the name of the system, and the host name. In this case, you get the password and can then get through. Therefore, it is easier to get access to the system because it is easier to search the system for what you want using the user interface/browser of CyberArk. You also have an auditable action because the password is unknown to the administrator.

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Jan Strnad - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Architect at AutoCont CZ a. s.

What I found most valuable in CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is the Session Manager as it allows you to split the connection between the administrator site and the target site. I also found the Password Manager valuable as it lets you rotate the passwords of privileged users.

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Aakash Chakraborty - PeerSpot reviewer
IEM Consultant at IC Consult

For me, Privileged Access Manager and One Identity sort of merge together. For me, the best part of CyberArk is Password Vault and Endpoint, basically. If you ask me what's there that, it's that everything is pretty straightforward. There is no confusion. It's a pretty straightforward application to work on.

It is a scalable product.

The solution is stable. 

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Cybersecurity Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

The automatic rotation of credentials is probably the most useful feature.

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ABHILASH TH - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at FOX DATA

Their legacy of more than 20 years is very valuable. It brings a lot of stability to the product and a wide variety of integration with the ecosystem. Because of these factors, it has also been very successful in deployment. So, the legacy and integration with other technologies make the PAM platform very stable and strong.

In terms of features, most of the other vendors are still focusing just on the privileged access management or session recording, but CyberArk has incorporated artificial intelligence to make PAM a more proactive system. They have implemented threat analytics into this, and there is also a lot of focus on domain controller production, Windows, LINUX Server, DOMAIN CONTROLLER protection etc. They have also further advanced it with the security on the cloud and DevOps environment.

They have a bundle licensing model, which really helps, unlike competitions complex licensing. Even though in our market, few customers have the perception that CyberArk is expensive as compared to some of the other new PAM providers, but in terms of overall value and as a bundling solution, it is affordable and also CyberArk is highly scalable platform.

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Gaurav Gaurav - PeerSpot reviewer
Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

CyberArk is one of the greatest platforms. It supports lots of requirements in the privileged access management area. 

From a configuration point of view, it is not very straightforward as per the deployment. The configuration is typical. However, when it comes to the integration piece, it has flawless integrations with lots of applications, whether it is out-of-the-box or customized. It supports any number of platforms. 

The company is very keen on looking at new applications to build out-of-the-box plugins. The support for the privileged single sign-on configurations with the application is excellent. 

Security-wise, the security is unbeatable compared to any other tool in the industry. They have a vault concept. They consider it similar to a bank vault. This is where they keep all the privileged admins' passwords. That particular vault has seven layers of security, which are unbreakable. It basically cannot be hacked. It cannot be hijacked. 

If something goes wrong, for example, if the vault is destroyed, your data is still protected. You can easily revive your data from that particular vault. It's a great capability. The security is excellent. It is very, very tight here. They support one signal protocol kind of communication with the internal products.

Where your password will be residing that is protected by a seven-layer of security. It has a web interface hosted on an IAS server on Windows. It has a CPM called central password management, which will do the password rotation. That is sitting on one other server. It has a session manager, which provides the single sign-on mechanism, privileged single sign-on mechanism, or automatic single sign-on to log into any infrastructure servers and applications. These are the four core products, and they integrate with each other and they integrate on one single port.  

If you try to intrude on the system or any hackers try to intrude the system, they will not be able to do that as the communication through this port is entirely encrypted. They will not be able to revive the data in real-time. It's a great security feature.

It supports hybrid deployments as well. It supports single standalone deployments for high availability with different kinds of deployment structures or topologies. This is a growing trend in the market. 

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Engineering Lead PAM with 10,001+ employees

In general, all CyberArk's features are very useful from a privileged account control point of view, and for session management and password rotation. 

The biggest feature is the security of the overall solution. It's very secure. The vaulting technology and the number of security layers involved in the vault, where privileged accounts are actually stored, is the heart of the solution.

There are many other important features of CyberArk: 

  • Privileged Session Manager (PSM) connects you to the target platform. 
  • Password management (CPM) provides automatic password rotations, including password verification and reconciliation. 
  • Auditability, which means CyberArk keeps track of logs and audit trails, including session recording, which is another key feature. 

The password management enables the rotation of passwords per an organization's policy. Passwords can be rotated after N number of hours or based on a particular day. It's a very key feature from a security point of view, because passwords are meant to be rotated very frequently. CyberArk does it very well with different plugins.

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Mateusz Kordeusz - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The PAM feature is the most valuable. It helps us to automate our jobs and administrative tasks. 

It also gives us a lot of features for compliance. Using this type of software is required by Polish law in finance and business in Poland.

We use CyberArk’s Secrets Manager to secure and manage secrets and credentials for mission-critical applications. The newest GUI is much better than the older version. Now, it is quite good.

CyberArk PAM provides an automated and unified approach for securing access to all types of identities that we use. This is very important to us.

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Meo Ist - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Product Manager and Technology Consultant at Barikat

It's really good. 

The digital vault is great. It protects our passwords and manages those passwords and changing periods.

There is some third-party access to our system's recording process. It's very, very important for us and we're glad they allow it.

It is a robust product. It's very stable and reliable.

The solution can scale well. 

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Furqan Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at Pronet

The models as a whole are great. I'm not sure if I can pull out specific features. I like that if we execute the user can't access their devices. If you remove the session manager, the user can't access their devices. It helps ensure we can protect our organization and data. The session manager is the most critical part of CyberArk's PAM solution. 

It works perfectly well. 

The solution is pretty easy to set up. 

The solution is stable.

It's scalable. 

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Rodney Dapilmoto - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Admin Analyst 3 at CPS Energy

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.

Using the PSMP (Privileged Session Manager Proxy) makes it extremely convenient for UNIX Administrators to utilize their favorite SSH client software (i.e. SecureCRT or Putty) to connect to a privileged target without having to go through the PVWA web login.

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Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

CyberArk Privileged Access Manager's main benefit is it provides secure access to our servers. There are features to capture the user activity, it provides video recording processing. If the users are logged in to the server, we can see what activities they are performing. It's a very nice tool for Privileged Access Management. They have plenty of useful services and the solution has fulfilled our needs.

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Consultant at a recruiting/HR firm with 10,001+ employees

The main, most valuable aspect is its capability to secure our environment. That's the main reason why we are using it.

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Muamer Riza Gani - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Vice President for Cyber Security Project at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

All of the features of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager are valuable.

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AslamImroze - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at Gulf IT

The scalability is very easy.

The most valuable aspect was being to be able to manage it through multiple mediums. We can manage it through its command line interface, web view, and directly logging into the digital environment with permission. You have multiple mediums. You don't have to give direct access to the world every time you want to limit what admins should do and what they should not do.

CyberArk has the biggest number of features available when you compare it to other PAN solutions like BeyondTrust, Thycotic, and Delinea. They tend to have a lot of separate components.

Performance-wise, it is excellent. 

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Amandeep Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Manager at Wipro

It is one of the best solutions in the market. Ever since I started using this solution, there has not been any compromise when it comes to our lab.

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ChaminiEllawala - PeerSpot reviewer
Identity and Access Management Engineer at Wiley Global Technology Pvt. Ltd.

Creating policies and the password rotation feature have been valuable. We don't have to memorize our password for the ADM account.

Security wise, it's really safe. The password expires within six to eight hours, so no one can get that password from us. Other users can't log in without our credentials, and also, the ADM account password will automatically rotate.

It's really user-friendly as well.

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Junior Product Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The technical support is good.

It's pretty good at recording actions taken within an environment.

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Iordanidis Iordanis - PeerSpot reviewer
Procurement Manager at OTE Group

The product is fairly priced. 

It's stable.

The solution is scalable. 

People are quite satisfied with the way it's working and the support we receive. 

The security is good. 

The interface is fine, although I'm not directly using it too much. 

We found the initial setup to be easy.

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Meo Ist - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Product Manager and Technology Consultant at Barikat

It is useful for protecting passwords. If you need to do access security management, you can first use the CyberArk console, and after that, you can connect the firewall interface or firewall command line. Similarly, if you need to do an RDP session, you need to first log in to CyberArk before connecting to the Windows RDP session. This way, the admin doesn't know the password, and that password is changed immediately. To change the password, you first discover the old password in the network, and after that, you can change the password.

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Mammad BNB - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Technical Operations at BNB Security Alliance

The most valuable feature of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is the vault. I am satisfied with the interface and the documentation.

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Richard Nagygyörgy - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable feature is Special Monitoring.

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Anthony Mook - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Security Manager at SMU

It's not very different when compared with other products.

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Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The CyberArk solutions that have been the most valuable for my solution are the Discovery & Audit (DNA) and Privileged Threat Analytics (PTA) tools. CyberArk is a very important tool for my organization.  

The setup was very easy for me. 

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IEM tower manager at Capgemini

The password vault and session monitoring are useful.

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Hichem TALEB-BENDIAB - PeerSpot reviewer
CDO & Co-Founder at ELYTIK

This is a complete solution that can detect cyber attacks well. I have found the proxy features most valuable for fast password web access. 

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Auditor de Sistemas y Procesos at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Within the solution, I love the fact that everything is recorded. The configuration capabilities are great, too.

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Buyer's Guide
CyberArk Privileged Access Manager
December 2022
Learn what your peers think about CyberArk Privileged Access Manager. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: December 2022.
657,397 professionals have used our research since 2012.