Administrative Accounts: Monitoring & Protecting Access

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Administrator accounts or super accounts are often, unfortunately, loosely governed. They are often left unmonitored by IAM systems but given the most privileged access to the vital information. These administrative accounts can go your company with a gaping security risk unless you take the precautions to monitor and defend the statements accurately.

It’s important to remember these accounts, owned by database administrators (DBAs), Directory Administrators, Unix, and Linux Admins, don’t usually have the formal training in managing their user account and leave things open for attacks. To protect your information in these super accounts, you’ll have to implement certain protections to ensure only the right people have access to the data.

Non-Standard Lifecycle

The implementation of these administrative accounts is usually a manual or automatic process. It’s important to have these accounts monitored in the same way that all other user accounts. It will make it much easier on your IT department to maintain the protections. Even if they are super accounts, it is crucial to ensure they have access only to what they need. In other words you will still control the system while minimizing the need to create complex access control rules.

Session Recording

A powerful way to keep your privileged user accounts protected is to have the sessions of use recorded. Recording the times of access not only helps with the security of your organization. In addition, it can also show your compliance with industry standards. By controlling access to administrative accounts using session proxy technology, it can prevent potential issues.


We cannot emphasize this factor enough; authentications are a powerful tool at your disposal to control who has access to the accounts in your system. Applying multi-factor authentication to a super account can increase the security of your information.

There are five factors of authentication that you can use for your systems:

  • What The User Knows – Passwords usually fall under this category
  • Something The User Has – Such as a registered phone number that can receive a one-time-password
  • Something The User Is – Voice or facial recognition, etc.
  • Somewhere The User Is – IP address can be used to verify your location/device to ensure it is allowed by the system
  • Something The User Does – Also known as behavioral biometrics. The system can look into your day to day activities to see your interactions on your device

You’ll probably never need more than two or three-factor identification for a system. However, the more lines of defense an attacker has to work through the more likely they are to get discouraged and leave your system alone.

If you want to protect your data better with an IAM system contact EST Group for a consultation. We’ve saved many IAM from stalling and we can do the same for your company.

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