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This Ovum Decision Matrix provides in-depth analysis of the leading privileged identity management solutions. It compares their technology, their market positioning, their ability to execute, and the overall maturity of each offering.


  • Businesses have seen the damage a rogue user with admin rights can cause. Their recent experiences of data breaches that have exploited privileged credentials is leading IT security teams to take a closer look at PIM technology.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand that there are three main vendor groups competing in the PIM arena: specialists, point solution providers, and IAM platform vendors.
  • Understand why PIM extends beyond controlling small groups of systems administrators and how it addresses enterprise data protection.
  • Understand why external parties including partners, contractors, and third-party service providers must have their access rights controlled.

Key questions answered

  • What are the three main vendor groups competing in the PIM arena?
  • How does PIM extend beyond controlling small groups of systems administrators and how it addresses enterprise data protection?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key findings

Vendor solution selection

  • Inclusion criteria
  • Exclusion criteria
  • Methodology
  • Ovum ratings
  • Ovum Decision Matrix Interactive

Market and solution analysis

  • Ovum Decision Matrix: Privileged Identity Management (PIM), 2015-2016
  • Market leaders: vendor solutions
  • Market challengers: vendor solutions
  • Market followers: vendor solutions
  • Emerging vendors

Market leaders

  • Market leaders: technology
  • Market leaders: execution
  • Market leaders: market impact

Vendor analysis

  • Balabit – Shell Control Box (Ovum recommendation: Follower)
  • BeyondTrust – Privileged Identity Management Portfolio (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • CA Technologies – Privileged Identity Manager Product Suite (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Centrify – Server Suite 2015 and Privilege Service (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • CyberArk – Privileged Account Security Solution (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Dell – Dell One, Privilege Management (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • Hitachi ID – Privileged Access Manager (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • IBM Security – Privileged Identity Manager (Ovum recommendation: Challenger)
  • Lieberman – Enterprise Random Password Manager (Ovum recommendation: Leader)
  • Oracle – Privileged Account Manager (Ovum recommendation: Follower)


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Authors

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