What is CyberArk?

What is CyberArk?

Key terms, use case and features

Cyber security has continued to gain importance worldwide as hacking and malware threats are rising. Global losses associated with hacking and cybercrime reached $1 trillion in 2020, which has inspired the expansion of the information security industry, with cybercrime said to cost companies $10.5 trillion by 2025. As a publicly traded data security firm, CyberArk offers identity management services to protect your company.

Tools like CyberArk have gained popularity to defend companies against the thousands of daily hacks and cyberattacks. CyberArk manages and protects your privileges and applications. CyberArk can also help you improve productivity, support compliance efforts, and protect your company from accidental or intentional insider threats. 

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What is CyberArk?

CyberArk is an Identity and Access Management (IAM) security tool you can use as a privileged access management tool. It offers comprehensive solutions to store, manage, and share passwords across your organizations. With highly customized security roadmaps, you can protect your company from the malware and other security threats associated with hacking. It’s a new class of custom security solutions that allows you to respond to such incidents.

CyberArk is an end-to-end solution with a range of products. To safeguard your data, you need a solution that manages data while rotating user credentials and ensures the most significant level of protection and security possible. CyberArk’s products are built to keep your organization’s data safe and secure. Plus, only authorized users can access that data.

Here are a few of the products you can access via CyberArk:

  • Application Access Manager (AAM) Credential Providers
  • Enterprise Password Vault (EPV)
  • Privileged Session Manager (PSM)
  • Privileged Threat Analytics (PTA)
  • SSH Key Manager

Who uses CyberArk?

Many industries are using CyberArk for its many benefits. In fact, approximately 50% of Fortune 500 companies use CyberArk to protect their data. This includes:

  • Banking
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Human resources
  • Information technology
  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Utilities

Benefits of using CyberArk

With CyberArk, companies and organizations can benefit from a range of important cybersecurity features. All the tools your admins need are at their disposal for creating, controlling, and updating user privilege guidelines. Here are a few ways that CyberArk can help your business succeed:

Save Time

CyberArk’s automated password management feature simplifies the process of setting up, managing, and deleting accounts. You can save valuable time by eliminating manual processes, allowing your team to focus on more strategic initiatives.

Improve PPG7904A1roductivity

The more productive your team is, the better you will be able to support customers and grow your business. CyberArk’s flexibility allows you to control and open up access to the applications critical to your company’s operation. This means you can streamline current processes and level up productivity across teams.

Track Credentials

In addition to tracking user credentials quickly and efficiently, CyberArk prevents those credentials from being lost or corrupted. By stripping away unnecessary complexities associated with monitoring, CyberArk helps businesses avoid many of the most common data breach scenarios that start with compromised credentials.

Manage Passwords

Password management is seamless with CyberArk. By streamlining the addition and management of accounts, your admin-level users will spend less time controlling accounts for non-privileged users and ensure everyone has the appropriate access they need. 

What is a Privileged Account?

A privileged account is a type of user account with extra permissions. Someone with a privileged account can access critical areas of your business and configure, install, and change the software or perform other higher-level tasks. Here are a few of the Privileged Accounts that you may use within your organization:

  • Active Directory or Domain Service Accounts
  • Application Accounts
  • Domain Administrative Accounts
  • Emergency Accounts
  • Local Administrative Accounts
  • Privileged User Accounts
  • Service Accounts

You may also have another privileged account for those who need access to sensitive data, including credit cards, social security numbers, and other secure data related to your business.

What is CyberArk’s Architecture?

The architecture is a multi-layered secure solution that allows you to share administrative passwords across your organization, even when authorized users like on-call administrative staff and IT workers are in remote locations. With the Privileged Access Security (PAS) solution, you can quickly configure the CyberArk platform. 

Layers like authentication, firewall, VPN, encryption, and access add a level of control to sharing and storing administrative passwords. Here are two elements unique to the architecture: 

  • Storage Engine: This element is the vault of your system, which secures and stores your data. With the storage engine, you also control all access management functionality in your system.
  • Interface: This element interacts with the storage engine to provide secure access to your system for applications and users. The Vault protocol is essential because it allows your processes to communicate and support timely and secure access.

Beyond organization and storage, authorized users can also create and modify Safes with the capacity to manage members and their secure authorizations. Using these digital vault security features, you can protect your most critical business data.

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How Does CyberArk Work?

CyberArk uses proven cybersecurity measures like access control, two-factor authentication, encryption, firewalls, and VPNs to protect your company against hacks, attacks, and other cybercriminal activities. CyberArk protects your server or vault, but it also safeguards your user data with authenticated access security. To understand more about the various methods used to verify user identities, check out our guide on the different types of authentication.

You can implement the CyberArk solution in phases:

  1. Determine your requirements:

In this step, you’ll complete a security and business analysis to determine what’s needed for your company. Include an assessment of your risks and how you will control them. Also, identify the accounts you need to create or integrate, as well as the controls, assets, timeline, and priorities. Your goal is to determine which internal resources you’ll need to consider as you prepare for CyberArk implementation. Pro tip: focus on your privileged accounts first.

  1. Define the scope:

Take into account all the requirements that you’ve just determined are essential to the process. In this step, choose how the key stakeholders will participate in the preparation and implementation process. You’ll have a better perspective of what’s involved in the process and how all the pieces and cost variables will integrate into your strategy. Outline stakeholder responsibilities so there won’t be any confusion around ownership.

  1. Launch and execute the solution:

In this stage, follow the architectural and software design, plan, and implementation guide. Once you’ve considered all your requirements and scope, launched the solution, and assessed risk, you can work toward implementing an organization-wide solution.

  1. Manage your risks:

As you move through the steps toward full implementation, keep a close eye on the risks. In the risk mitigation phase, you’ll use a small group as a pilot to identify the issues. Then, you’ll work to mitigate those risks as you move forward.

You can also customize metrics and services as you expand your security program.

Through this implementation process, you’re not only able to protect the systems in your data center, but you’re also able to increase the security of and visibility into administrative activities. With that level of actionable intelligence, you can better support the requirements of your authorized users.  

CyberArk implementation best practices

Planning and preparation

Effective implementation starts with thorough planning and preparation. As mentioned above, conduct a detailed security and business analysis to determine your needs. Assess risks, identify the accounts to be managed, and outline the required controls and assets. Define a clear timeline and prioritize privileged accounts to ensure a focused and strategic approach.

Integration with existing systems

Making sure the integration of CyberArk with your existing IT infrastructure is seamless is important. You want to minimize disruption while keeping efficiency at a high. Evaluate your existing systems and processes to identify integration points. Use CyberArk’s APIs and connectors to ensure compatibility and smooth operation within your environment.

Training and support for IT staff

Equip your IT staff with the knowledge and skills needed to manage CyberArk effectively. Comprehensive training sessions should be provided to your staff which covers all aspects of CyberArk functionalities. Confidence is key–therefore, continuous support and resources should be readily available to keep your team proficient. 

Ongoing management and optimization

The management and optimization of CyberArk is an ongoing process. You should regularly review and update security policies, monitor system performance, and confirm compliance with industry standards. By utilizing CyberArk’s analytics and reporting tools, you can gain critical insights to make informed decisions. Configurations should also be continuously optimized to maintain optimum security and operational efficiency.

CyberArk Key Terms

AIM

Definition

The Application Identity Manager (AIM) is part of the CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution. 

Uses 

The CyberArk AIM secures credentials with features that allow you to manage your passwords. CyberArk AIM eliminates the need for hard-coded passwords, authenticates applications, and supports multiple platforms. You can also rotate and store application credentials securely with CyberArk AIM. 

CPM 

Definition

The Central Policy Manager (CPM) is a self-hosted component of CyberArk. You don’t need a dedicated machine, but access to the network for mature identity control features is required. CyberArk CPM simplifies the password storage process, allowing you to avoid cumbersome spreadsheets, binders, or other unsecured mechanisms. 

CyberArk CPM is widely used as a password management system by enterprise operations. You can maintain and store your business data with a secure and centralized management system. It’s the best way to secure data against cybersecurity attacks, malware, and hacking threats. 

Uses 

The CyberArk CPM allows you to create and delete inventory accounts with non-expiring passwords. As a result, you can reduce the number of privileged accounts and ensure that your employees have all the info and access they need to do their jobs. Gartner research shows that 40% of companies adopt CyberArk CPM solutions, indicating increased demand in the future.

Digital Vault

Definition

The Digital Vault is one of CyberArk’s core solutions. This vault sets up a series of procedures and control measures to reduce the risk of cyberattacks. 

Uses

As a secure repository, you can store your sensitive information in your CyberArk Digital Vault while controlling access to the data. 

EPM

Definition

CyberArk Endpoint Privilege Manager (EPM) allows you to contain and block endpoint attacks. This feature ensures that you’re reducing and eliminating the risk that your information will be stolen or held for ransom. 

Uses

The CyberArk EPM supports application control, privilege management, blocking, and credential theft detection. In addition, this powerful technology blocks hash harvesting, allowing you to detect cyber attacks by malicious applications and users. 

EPV

Definition

The Enterprise Password Vault (EPV) stores and encrypts your passwords with Single Sign-On (SSO). 

Uses 

With CyberArk EPV, you can protect your passwords in a single vault. 

PAM 

Definition

Privileged Access Management (PAM) protects your organization against cyber threats that involve privilege minus and credential threat. It’s also referred to as Privileged Access Security (PAS) or Privileged Identity Management (PIM). 

Uses 

CyberArk PAM allows you to audit, secure, and monitor your activities and identities across your enterprise environment. 

PSM

Definition

The Privileged Session Manager (PSM) allows you to monitor, start, and record sessions and usage for your privileged and administrative accounts. 

Uses

You can use the CyberArk PSM to protect your data center while better controlling your privileged accounts and increasing your administrative activity. With CyberArk PSM, a control point can also launch select sessions. 

PTA

Definition

Privileged Threat Analytics (PTA) provides security intelligence. One of the key features is threat analytics, which allows you to uncover malicious user activity. The CyberArk PTA monitors the accounts managed by CyberArk and those where CyberArk does not determine the level of threat to your organization. 

Uses 

You can use CyberArk PTA for various critical use-case scenarios for your business. You can access targeted privilege threat analytics with the only advanced software of its kind in the industry. As a result, you can act on intelligent data from CyberArk PTA while protecting your company from insider threats. 

Password Upload Utility

Definition

A Password Upload Utility automates your digital vault’s implementation, making the process faster and easier to execute. 

Uses

The CyberArk Password Upload Utility allows you to upload multiple passwords to the Privileged Access Security system. It’s just another way to speed up your process while ensuring that the company’s users, assets, and applications are secure and easily accessible. 

How Can CyberArk Help

CyberArk helps you stop the cyberattacks and malicious threats affecting your business. As you connect your systems with CyberArk, you can store passwords, retrieve passwords, and integrate your systems. 

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