6 Reasons to Go Beyond a Vault. A Vault Alone...
...does not reduce your attack surface.
Reduce Privileged AccountsChallengeVaulting privileged accounts increases operational overhead and neither reduces your attack surface nor promotes zero standing privileges.SolutionEliminate as many privileged accounts as possible via Identity Consolidation and vault the rest to reduce risk and comply with regulations.
...perpetuates the use of anonymous shared privilege accounts.
Least Privilege with Privilege ElevationChallengeWho is “root”? Who is “administrator”? Using such anonymous accounts impacts compliance reporting and incident response.SolutionOnly use shared privileged accounts for emergencies. Least privilege with privilege elevation at the host level ensures 100% accountability.
...protects the accounts, not the machine.
Protect with PAM Security Controls at the System LevelChallengeSensitive data lives on machines. Vaulting protects access to local machine accounts, not to the machine itself, increasing risk.SolutionDeploy PAM security controls at the system level to allow the machine to defend itself and validate use of “legitimate” credentials.
...does not control activity on the host.
Control Activity with Privilege ElevationChallengeOnce a vault hands over a privileged account password, the user has the keys to the kingdom and can do anything. This is full trust, not Zero Trust.SolutionPrivilege elevation with least privilege constrains user access based on job function and conforms to a Zero Trust model.
...does not support MFA at the server for compliance.
...has limited visibility to on-server activity.