If you have homegrown or legacy applications in your environment, you might have security threats of which you aren’t even aware. Your applications and scripts might include hard-coded user IDs and passwords that enable them to access systems, databases, and other resources. An attacker who is able to gain access to those programs will find a treasure trove of privileged credentials, often in plain text.
In the past, when most applications sat behind firewalls, developers might not have considered it a big deal to hard-code credentials in applications. However, this practice causes a number of serious problems:
Application identity management (AIM) helps to alleviate these concerns. AIM is the process of removing hard-coded and unsafely stored credentials from applications, scripts, and application services and managing the entitlements that applications need like other identities in the environment. AIM makes it feasible to change passwords automatically, remove credentials from software that no longer needs access to a resource, and track the use of application identities to detect potential security threats.
CyberArk’s Application Identity Manager works with the CyberArk Enterprise Vault to secure and manage application credentials. Passwords, SSH keys, and other credentials are safely stored in the vault and automatically rotated. Hard-coded credentials can be replaced with an API call to the vault. Applications that request credentials from the vault are authenticated based on path, hash (signature), user, and other characteristics.
Application Identity Manager has two deployment options to meet the requirements of both mission-critical and non-critical applications:
Application Identity Manager also works with the Privileged Session Manager within the CyberArk Core Privileged Access Security platform. Privileged access by applications is monitored, and an audit trail is preserved for IT security audits and regulatory reporting.
The CyberArk-certified consultants and engineers at Clango can help you close the security gaps created by hard-coded credentials. CyberArk Application Identity Manager allows you to track, manage, and secure the credentials used by applications and scripts without impacting the performance or availability of your production environment.
For more information about AIM, please send us an email at (firstname.lastname@example.org).