CyberArk PAS Review

We are utilizing it to secure applications, credentials, and endpoints


What is our primary use case?

  • Credential faulting
  • Credential management
  • Privilege session management
  • Secure file storage

We are utilizing CyberArk to secure applications, credentials, and endpoints.

The product is performing very well. It is a difficult product to implement into a large organization though. There is a lot of customization and a lot of hands on stuff, which is not just install and be done. This isn't bad, but it does require a lot of time. 

The value is probably the best of all of the other products which are offering the same services.

How has it helped my organization?

Having the keys securely locked helps drive policy. We can say what policy is, then we can point to the solution which provides it. Having that availability is strong in a large enterprise, especially in a global enterprise where there is a lot of different cultures and people do not want to hand off their privilege, rights, or workflows. Having that all set up and making it easier for them takes a lot of the stress off of our job.

We are implementing PSM right now. It is providing a secured workflow substitute where people would go in and check out their passwords. They want to use it instead of having passwords, similar to Guard Check. 

You go in because you need a key. You get the key, and you are accountable for that key while you have it. You open the door, do your work, close it, and return the key. People get that analogy, and it is awesome.

We are in the basics, like Windows, Unix, and databases. We do plan on getting everything eventually managed. It is just a lot of customization and time to get it fully matured.

What is most valuable?

The support is good and quick. This is what we are paying for. We can try to implement something on our own end. However, when we need immediate support, because something is down, we usually get it within acceptable time frames.

What needs improvement?

It is web-based, but other competitors have apps. We need to get there. It is just smoother to have an app. You don't have all the bugs from having a browser, and people like them better, since you can get to them via mobile. There are competitors that have mobile apps which do the same thing. Mobile browsing is just not there with CyberArk. 

This might be out of scope for CyberArk, but LastPass is an example of personal credential management. It would be cool if we could give personalized solutions to people, even if it is stored in the cloud. We have an enterprise solution, but we don't have a personalized one. It would be nice to have it all under one umbrella.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is a huge concern right now. We are on a version which is very unstable. We have to upgrade to stabilize it. It is fine, but the problem is we have to hire CyberArk to do the upgrade. This costs money, and it is their bug. Our management is very upset about it.

CyberArk has been helping out, and it has been okay. However, the stability is definitely a concern, because with PSM, it becomes more critical to have it up. All of a sudden you have to have PSM up to be able to do your work.

The stability issues started when we upgraded from 9.7 to 9.95. Then, we were told during one of our cases that there was a bug in our new version and the only solution was to upgrade.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is big. We are a large company, and there are only a few companies that can scale so well.

How is customer service and technical support?

We use their technical support all the time. It is a little slow to start a case. Then, once you get through that door (Level 1), it does escalate appropriately.

On the customer accounts side, our account managers are responsive. If you ask them, they will get you whomever you need.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Since I started, it has always been CyberArk.

What was our ROI?

I can't say we have an ROI. Our CIO is not about measuring profit from our security stuff. Our risk is definitely significantly lower. Also, our resources are low.

What other advice do I have?

Start small and don't try to overwhelm your scope. Do small steps and get them completed. Take notes, document, then scale out. Go from high risk out instead of trying to get everything in, then fixing it.

One of my homework assignments at CyberArk Impact is to find out more about how to utilize CyberArk to secure infrastructure or applications running in the cloud.

We have a lot of the out-of-the-box plugins with one custom plugin, but we are still new to using them.

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor

Age of the company, because we do not want to be first to market. We want to hear about it from other people. How is the sales rep is communicating. Whether it is more of a sales pitch or if it is a genuine concern for our security.

Then, make sure our vision is lined up with the product. We want to get our bang for the buck

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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