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Privileged Account

A privileged account is a user account that has more privileges than ordinary users. Privileged accounts might, for example, be able to install or remove software, upgrade the operating system, or modify system or application configurations. They might also have access to files that are not normally accessible to standard users.

There are many kinds of privileged accounts:

  • Root and administrator accounts are typically used for installing and removing software and changing configuration. They are superuser accounts.
  • Service accounts are used for running processes, such as web servers, database servers, and application servers.
  • System accounts are used for running operating system components and owning related files.

Privileged access management (PAM) refers to a set of processes and tools for controlling, monitoring, and auditing privileged access. Traditional PAM solutions are typically based on password vaults and password rotation, whereas modern next generation systems avoid passwords altogether.


Highlights from the SSH.COM blog:

  • Cryptomining with the SSH protocol: what big enterprises need to know about it

    Cryptomining malware is primarily thought of as targeting desktops and laptops and is used to hijack system resources to mine cryptocurrency.
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  • SLAM the door shut on traditional privileged access management

    Did you know that something as trivial-sounding as granting access for your developers or third parties to a product development environment can throw a gorilla-sized monkey wrench into your operations and productivity?
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  • We broke the IT security perimeter

    Everyone understands the concept of a security perimeter. You only gain access if you are identified and authorized to do so.
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