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New privileged access management Mac features by Delinea
Fri, 9th Dec 2022
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Delinea, a provider of Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions for seamless security, has announced new features for Privilege Manager, its solution for managing privileged access on Windows and Mac workstations. 

Updates in this release include improvements to the native MacOS agent, ensuring that the same authorisation controls can be applied promptly to newer Macs with M1 processors and older Intel-based Macs. 

68% of organisations have experienced one or more endpoint attacks that successfully compromised data or IT infrastructure, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute. 

In addition, IDC estimates that Macs now make up 23% of enterprise endpoints, up from 17% in 2019. Given the high risk associated with endpoints and the growing adoption of Macs, organisations must focus on managing the permissions that users and applications are entitled to on those devices.

The latest update to the native MacOS agent for Privilege Manager provides controls equivalent to the .Net agent used on Intel-based Macs. In addition, it optimises Delinea's ability to respond when Apple changes or publishes updates to MacOS rapidly. 

Privilege Manager administrators can continue to create and enforce policies consistently against Windows and Mac workstations. At the same time, users can remain confident that updates are quickly applied when OS changes are made. These enhancements help organisations reduce risk from malware and ransomware while limiting the productivity impact on users and decreasing the workload on IT and security teams charged with managing privileged access policies. 

Across both Windows and Mac workstations, administrators can use the Delinea Policy Framework to create the most common privileged access policies automatically. Privilege Manager can remove local administrator privileges from workstation users. 

Policies can also granularly elevate privileges to specific actions based on observed normal behaviours and allow specific applications to operate with semi-elevated privileges when needed. As a result, IT and security teams can automate up to 99% of application controls while observing behaviour and analytics to set policies for the remaining 1% of unknown applications. 

“Our focus on extending Privileged Access Management across all identities in the enterprise includes strengthening our customers’ ability to apply authorisation controls to accounts and applications on workstations,” says Jon Kuhn, SVP of Product Management at Delinea. 

“This includes supporting Intel-based and M1 Macs as well as Windows workstations so that we can quickly reduce the risk from that attack vector with rapid updates.” 

Additional updates in this release include enhancements to the user interface and tooltips for specific functionality that improve ease of use. 

Delinea provides privileged access management (PAM) solutions that make security seamless for the modern, hybrid enterprise. Its solutions empower organisations to secure critical data, devices, code, and cloud infrastructure to help reduce risk, ensure compliance and simplify security. 

Delinea removes complexity and defines access boundaries for thousands of customers worldwide. Its customers range from small businesses to the world's largest financial institutions, intelligence agencies, and critical infrastructure companies.