What is the difference between Privileged Users and Privileged Accounts

How are Privileged Users and Privileged Accounts differentiated clearly in CyberArk? 


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Security Architect, InfoSec Consultant at Confidential ( Sensitive Industry)
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Jun 14, 2018

Question seems to be answered logically and creativity is mandatory. J.

So Anyone who can logon with their credentials like the AD logon (or Secure id or even the Windows Logon) to the Cyber Ark Portal and see some accounts (which they are given access through the safes or some role groups) after they logon can be called as the Privileged Users.

Example: Suppose John is a part of the Windows Administration Team .

1.John is a Privileged User.

Now, the objects or the accounts that you see after the logon (accounts that you are given access) with your standard authentication ( like the AD account or or Secure id or even the Windows logon) can all be treated as the Privilege Accounts. These are the accounts that can be used to connect to the target systems for some administrative access. Such accounts are Privileged Accounts.

Example: Suppose John is a part of the Windows Administration Team .

2. WintelAdmin1 is the Privileged Account that John as a Privilege user can use to manage his Windows task and troubleshooting or making configuration changes.

Hope that makes some sense.

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