The management of server accounts is changing dramatically. Historically, server account management was done manually. There were a number of reasons for this, but it didn’t need to be automated or require a system. Today, servers are a core part of the IT infrastructure with many times more servers than endpoints in an organization. As a result, automated server account management has become more critical than ever.
The Importance of Server Account Management
There are a number of reasons why IT organizations are paying more attention to their identity management platform – especially as it relates to their server infrastructure. A couple of decades ago, servers were generally located on-prem with the organization itself, or they were located in a data center. Either way, they were very close and had physical access to the machines, and if not physical it would have direct logical access via a VPN. This enabled IT organizations to treat servers as essentially an extension of their internal network. If they happened to use Microsoft Windows servers, the process was even easier because they could leverage Microsoft Active Directory® to control identities. If they were using Unix or Linux, then the task was largely manual. If they were reasonably forward thinking, they might have OpenLDAP™.
A critical reason that server account management is important today is that many organizations rely on their server infrastructure for their business. They generate revenue from their servers, or may even house their product or service on their servers. Whatever the case, their IT admins need to be able to easily and quickly address any issues that arise on their servers. Having seamless access is essential – especially when any downtime or problems could result in a loss of revenue.
Another major reason that IT organizations are pushing to control user access to their server infrastructure is identity theft. More than ever, identities are the conduit to a compromise. Loose or lax user account management procedures can easily result in a compromise of one of the most critical parts of an organization’s entire infrastructure.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Rajat. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/server-account-management/