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- Tech Details
Secret Server is a Privileged Account Management (PAM) solution available both on premise and in the cloud. It empowers security and IT ops teams to secure and manage all types of privileged accounts.
The software gives security and IT ops teams the agility to secure and manage all types of privileges, protecting administrator, service, application, and root accounts from cyber attack. Store privileged credentials in an encrypted, centralized vault.
The vendor states that unlike traditional, complex PAM solutions, Secret Server works the way users work, starting with a rapid deployment and giving users direct control to customize as they grow.
Secret Server aims to enable organizations to:
Improve Security Posture: Protecting privileged accounts helps businesses tighten their attack surface and build resilience against other causes of disruption
Minimize Complexity & Maintain Productivity - Secret Server is presented as fast to deploy and easy to use, unburdening IT teams.
Experience Enterprise-Class Performance - According to the vendor, Delinea secures privileged accounts for more than 10,000 organizations worldwide, including Fortune 500 enterprises and is deployed on the largest networks in the world.
- Supported: Secure Vault and Password Manager with AD Integration
- Supported: Discover Local and Active Directory Privileged Accounts
- Supported: Automatic Password Changing for Network Accounts
- Supported: Enhanced Auditing & Reporting
- Supported: Service Account and Dependency Management
|Deployment Types||On-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based|
|Mobile Application||Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mobile Web|
- Store and access secrets (passwords) securely.
- Manage access to secrets and servers.
- Autofill secrets via browser plugin.
- Personally I would prefer an app instead of a website.
- Can be too many options. Sometimes I just want to add a secret quickly.
- Can be slow to adopt until you get used to how it works.
- Password Rotation
- Ability to check in and check out credentials
- Automated logins directly from Thychotic into the protected resource
- Ease of integration with Identity and Access Management tools
- Centralized password repository
- Ability to rotate passwords
- The Secret Server mobile app is terrible!
- HTTPS isn't supported as a proxy
- Works well with RBAC, workflow for access requests, and approvals for third parties.
- Allows monitoring and recording of remote sessions.
- Available for on-premise and cloud.
- Implementation can take some time to get everything running.
- Does not actually find all your service accounts.
- Role-Based access. Users only have access to the secrets they need within their department based on their role.
- Secret Server authenticates with Active Directory for easy connectivity.
- It can be difficult at times figuring out how to architect a new group within the solution. Often times it takes a couple attempts to get it right.
- Password Management: Its entire purpose, really. Secret Server stores passwords in an incredibly easy to use way. They can be organized in groups, they contain all the information about the site or system the password is used for (including URLs for websites), and even a notes field. You can set up specific policies for expirations and complexity, and Secret Server can even generate strong passwords for you. Using a password is simple, too, since you can just click a button to add it to your clipboard; you don't even have to unmask the password.
- Security: The passwords are stored encrypted in a SQL database, and the application requires an authenticated login. This could be local, but we tie it into Active Directory. Each folder of passwords has groups assigned (in our case, again, AD, but you can make them local groups) with different permission levels, so we can compartmentalize passwords. Desktop technicians don't have access to network switch passwords, etc.
- Easy Setup: It took me about an hour to get the server running, from spinning up the VM to importing our old password list. It took a little longer to organize the passwords into proper folders, and then assigning groups, but it was easy to do.
- Personal Passwords: Each user also gets a personal folder, where they can keep their own, unshared passwords. This is nice for sites or systems with individualized logins (e.g., a firewall, VPN, etc.)
- Favorites: Secret Server lets you tag passwords as "favorites" so you can easily find ones you use constantly. The search feature is nice, but this is nicer.
- Granularity in Security Groups: Groups can be assigned per folder, and different groups can have different permissions, but sometimes there are groups of passwords where only some of them should be visible to some users, and there's no good way to organize that. The best way right now is subfolders, which works, but it can clunky if you have a lot of cases like that.
- Direct URL Logins: Secret Server has a feature where, if it works, lets you click the resource link in the list, which should take you to the site directly and log you in. However, in the years I've used this, it has never worked. I always get a weird application redirection error.
- Default Policies: Some of the default expiration/complexity policies are annoying. I recognize that they are trying to meet best practices, but in many cases this is impractical. I end up having to turn off the default policy altogether and do this manually or with my own policy that I can apply later.
- Recommends complex passwords.
- Interfaces with our Identity Management software to already know users. No extra passwords needed.
- Ability to track additional information such as system, resource and even notes on a password.
- The sharing functionality NEEDS improvement. We share most passwords at a group level, but then it becomes impossible to share them with a dynamic group and one or two one-off people as well. This is a major shortcoming.
- I don't love the interface. I feel like there is an attempt at a dashboard, but it is really not effective.
- I've heard, but never seen, that the software can actually change passwords in the target systems. If this is part of its deliverable, I do not know how to use it, and I don't know how you would do that. Seems like a great feature for password management.
- Quick and easy installation.
- All features for PAM in one product.
- Modern and intuitive UI.
- Functions can be extended by license.
- You have to work with it regularly to find the right menu, because of the high functionality.