Following diagram is the design with PSM. 

Connect through the web portal (PVWA)

Connect through PSM for Windows

A phased approach for implementing PAS

CyberArk Brief: A phased approach for implementing a Privileged Access Security Program

1. Phase 0 – Identify
1.1 Crown of jewels – Most critical assets
Credit Cards

1.2 Accounts who can access those assets
OS accounts
DB accounts
applications accounts

1.3 Accounts
shared / role based privilege accounts – built-in administrator account and root account
personal privilege accounts : accounts with -adm, or $ at the end

Focus on shared / role based     privilege accounts  first will get you least push back from admins.
2. Phase 1

2.1 Load –> Rotate

Load credentials into actual vaults
Set up automatic verification process to confirm those credentials are accurate
End user should be able to use connect to reach their targets to do their administration work
Choose selective subset accounts to change password. Start with change button to confirm the CPM process is working.
Automated changes to rotate credentials’ passwords.

2.2 Isolate –> Monitor –> Analyze
Remove show/copy buttons to require end users to connect to target.
PSM will provide connectivity and  monitor/record the session without exposing credentials.
PTA component will detect / alert threat detected from multiple sources

3. Phase 2

Repeat – going wider and deeper

Going wider: – expand the process to other end points we identified (Networking devices, databases, web applications, iol devices)
Going deeper: – non human id ( application accounts, iis app pool, registry keys )

Timeline for basic installation of PAS

This is basic sample implementation schedule to roll out a non-ha basic design PAS solution

Pre-implementation to collect following information;
1. network design diagram including firewall, domain controller, VM ip, dns, smtp, snmp , ntp, etc.
2. hardware / virtual machine information based on size evaluation
3. traffic flow diagram
4. firewall rule sets based on traffic flow diagram
5. Details of SMTP, DC, SNMP, NTP,
6. CA certificate
7. Download software copy and licenses.
8. Make sure hard copy of Master CD, Operator CD in safe hand.

• Onsite Implementation Day 1:  Install and perform initial configuration of the Production including advanced Vault integration such as SNMP, SMTP, SYSLOG and any others the were agreed upon.
• Onsite Implementation Day 2:  Install and perform initial configuration of the Central Policy Manager, Password Vault Web Access 1 and 2, Privileged Session Manager, Secure Replication Utility and the PrivateArk Client.
•Onsite Implementation Day 3 Perform advanced configuration for the CPM, PVWAs and PSM. Test CPM management on 3 5 types of the out of the box plug ins. Test PSM workflows on 3 5 types of the out of the box connectors.
• Onsite Implementation Day 4 Troubleshoot any issues discovered during the CPM testing and PSM workflows. Perform overview session with administrators. Go over and assist in documenting the Master Policy, Access Control Model data and permission structures. Set up and go over support access and procedures.


By Jonny

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