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Ovum is seeing growing interest in privileged identity management (PIM), driven by the rise of targeted attacks that steal privileged users’ credentials to steal corporate data or to damage enterprise infrastructures.


  • As a result, the PIM market has evolved beyond the small, dedicated players, with a number of larger vendors from the identity and access management (IAM) domain expanding into it, frequently positioning it as an add-on module for their IAM platforms.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the evolution of privileged identity management.
  • Understand the shortcomings of vaults and proxies as well as ways to complement these with other technologies.

Key questions answered

  • Why is a password vault not enough for managing privileged access?
  • If I choose a proxy/bastion server for PIM, am I still at risk?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises

PIM is not just “IAM on steroids”

  • IAM is all about CRUD
  • Privileged access is more dynamic
  • Least privilege is becoming the norm
  • Privilege now extends far beyond sysadmins

Even the PIM acronym is now questionable

  • Privileged access management is arguably more accurate

Vaults and proxies are not enough on their own

  • Vaults are too static for the current environment
  • Proxies provide another means of controlling privileged access

New techniques must be applied for security

  • Credential rotation and destruction are now essential
  • Behavioral monitoring also comes into play


  • Further reading
  • Author

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