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May 02, 2011

What is Enterprise Password Management?

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

When a business decides to implement Thycotic’s Enterprise Password Management suite into its daily routine, it can help to effectively protect the organization's most vulnerable items, which are privileged passwords. With Secret Server password management software, employees maintain the control of access to all critical passwords in one central web-based database.

Web-based software has many benefits associated with it. First, it is very easy to integrate with an existing system and even easier to upgrade. Additionally, there are no requirements other than a Microsoft SQL server, IIS, and Microsoft .NET (News - Alert) Framework 3.5, and only a one time installation is needed. Plus, the software can be accessed anywhere in the world by many users at a time.

Thycotic’s password management software enables every person in a company to have the resources available to store, distribute, and audit secrets such as router passwords and service accounts—in a constantly stable and secure environment.

When there is a need to manage a large group of individuals, administrators can easily assign users to specific categorized groups and then manage them in a short amount of time, using the Groups feature. A user can be assigned to more than one group, and different permissions can be given to each group. This setup greatly cuts the time it usually takes to manage the multiple permissions and roles that can be assigned to a specified user. Groups can also be synchronized using the Active Directory feature to continue to reduce the complexity of management.

An Active Directory is used in most organizations to manage servers, workstations, printers, and users, all in one system. Secret Server's Active Directory integration allows for synchronization and authentication for Active Directory users. Using Thycotic’s Active Directory integration, it cuts down the amount of passwords you are forced to remember, while still being able to receive all the same password restrictions and policies on that password, provided by Active Directory.

Remote Password Changing works in conjunction with the Secret Expiration feature. When a password expires, a background process in Secret Server will automatically generate a new password -- which can later on be customized -- and set the new password on the remote account.

The number of features associated with the enterprise password management software is a primary reason it is considered to be the best password manager for the administration of company passwords, and sensitive data among many different users.

No other password manager software can provider user’s with this amount of advanced features, at the same price, and with USA-based support.

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves