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The best way to apply Account Lifecycle Management



What Is Account Lifecycle and Its Management?

When a company hires a new employee or service provider, they need access to essential resources to perform their job. Moreover, some operations are performed by non-human users by accessing systems, IoT devices, API keys, and SSH keys, among other technologies.

As the number of remote employees with cloud access increases and IT structures become more complex, it is indispensable to have account lifecycle management for privileged accounts.

In practice, this means establishing processes divided into creation, revision or updates, and deactivation, following each user’s schedule.

How to Apply Account Lifecycle Management: Good Practices

When using account lifecycle management, it is essential to adopt a step-by-step approach that will provide more digital security for your company. These are: Provisioning The creation of new human or non-human users must respect the principle of least privilege, which grants only the necessary access for them to perform specific tasks. This should be observed whenever the company provides privileges to new employees, vendors, and service providers. Revision The levels of access to confidential information must be adequate whenever it is necessary to promote changes in the privileges of human users. Only through this one can guarantee the appropriate access of the users during the account lifecycle. Moreover, it is essential to revoke access whenever an employee is no longer on the staff or a provider ceases to provide services. Privilege Control It is very common for permissions to accumulate over time, causing human users to have more access than they need to perform their tasks. This type of situation is often exploited by hackers, who compromise accounts, increase privileges, and invade networks without being identified. Therefore, the scope of privileges must be controlled. De-provisioning It is necessary to perform account de-provisioning whenever an employee leaves or is fired from the company. In this way, the risk of unauthorized and malicious access can be reduced. It is also critical to do the same for machine identities associated with service accounts. About senhasegura We, from senhasegura, are part of the MT4 Tecnologia group, created in 2001 to promote cybersecurity to our customers. Currently, we are present in 54 countries, providing organizations with control of privileged actions and data in order to avoid the action of malicious users and data leaks. For this, we have the only PAM solution in the market to offer a 360-degree approach, covering the entire lifecycle of privileged access. Here are the main benefits of applying PAM in your company: Elimination of Manual Tasks Manual tasks overwhelm IT administrators and increase the chances of human error. However, with PAM, one can automate repetitive activities so that professionals focus on more important and strategic tasks, ensuring greater productivity. Compliance With Security Requirements The application of the principle of least privilege through PAM and the de-provisioning of users are measures that guarantee compliance of companies with security requirements, such as the HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GDPR, and NIST standards. Elimination of Operational Silos Account lifecycle management can be quite complex when it involves managing identity silos in applications and environments. With PAM, you can end this problem in your company and ensure more efficient management of users, computers, contacts, and groups. Integration of Functions PAM allows you to integrate critical applications so that IT management can be done from a single tool, making it easier for IT administrators to control account lifecycle management.

Conclusion

Account lifecycle management is related to the creation, revision or update, and deactivation of users of an IT system;

Good practices related to account lifecycle management involve the provisioning, upgrades, privilege control, and de-provisioning of human users or machines;

The senhasegura PAM solution provides a 360-degree approach, covering the entire lifecycle of privileged access;

This technology brings several advantages, such as eliminating manual tasks, which allow more productivity; ensuring compliance with strict protection requirements; eliminating operational silos; and integrating functions.


Do you want to apply account lifecycle management efficiently? Contact us and invest in our PAM solution.

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