What is Privileged Access Management as a Service (PAMaaS)?

Published On - April 12, 2024

Privileged Access Management (PAM) as a Service is a cloud-based solution designed to manage and secure privileged accounts within an organization's IT infrastructure. These accounts have elevated permissions, granting access to critical systems and data. PAM as a Service offers centralized access control, enabling organizations to manage access to privileged accounts from a single platform, thus reducing the risk of unauthorized access.

One of its key features is password management, providing secure storage and rotation of passwords for privileged accounts to prevent unauthorized use. Additionally, it facilitates session monitoring and recording, allowing organizations to track privileged user activities and detect any suspicious behavior. Some solutions also incorporate privileged user behavior analytics to identify anomalies and potential security threats.

Access request and approval workflows streamline the process of granting access to privileged accounts, ensuring proper authorization and compliance with security policies. Integration with identity management systems ensures consistent access control across the organization. PAM as a Service also offers compliance reporting capabilities, allowing organizations to demonstrate adherence to regulatory requirements and internal security standards. Overall, PAM as a Service helps organizations strengthen their security posture by mitigating insider threats, preventing unauthorized access, and maintaining compliance.

Privileged Access Management as a Service (PAMaaS) is a cloud-based solution that provides all the benefits of a robust PAM implementation without the overhead of in-house infrastructure setup and resource allocation. PAMaaS empowers organizations to respond swiftly to evolving threats without straining internal resources. By eliminating the burden of PAM deployment and management, PAMaaS allows businesses to focus on their core competencies while ensuring the integrity of their privileged accounts.

PAMaaS Features and Benefits:

Privileged Access Management as a Service (PAMaaS) offers the following features/benefits:

  • Automated Updates: Cloud-based service that automatically deploys updates, ensuring continuous security.
  • Enhanced Visibility: Provides transparency for IT departments, allowing for clear oversight of privileged accounts.
  • Reduced Workload: Eliminates the need for additional tasks by security and business teams.
  • SaaS Model: Operates on a similar model to other Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings.
  • Outsourcing Option: Provided by third-party vendors, freeing up internal resources.
  • Targeted Security Solutions: Focuses on safeguarding privileged accounts, providing robust protection against security incidents.
  • Enhanced Protection: Acts as an additional layer of defense against security breaches.
  • Simplified Risk Management: Offers risk mitigation solutions without the need for additional infrastructure management.
  • Effortless Management: Eliminates hands-on management required by on-premises Privileged Access Management (PAM) systems.
  • Time Savings: Frees up security professionals to focus on other critical tasks.
  • Best Practices Implementation: Supports IT managers in implementing effective PAM best practices across the organization.   

SaaS vs IaaS vs PAMaaS

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Privileged Access Management-as-a-Service (PAMaaS) are cloud computing models that offer different benefits to businesses. These models eliminate the need for on-premises hardware and software maintenance, offering cost-effectiveness, scalability, and enhanced security.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

SaaS is an on-demand software delivery model that allows users to access software applications over the internet or cloud. With SaaS, businesses no longer need to purchase and install software on their own servers, eliminating the need for hardware maintenance and software updates. Instead, they pay a subscription fee to access the software over the internet, often through a web browser or mobile app.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

IaaS is a cloud computing model that provides access to on-premises devices or cloud-based services, such as virtual machines, storage, and networking. Unlike SaaS, IaaS does not provide software applications, but instead focuses on providing infrastructure components that businesses can use to build their own applications or environments. IaaS is a flexible and scalable option for businesses that need to manage their own infrastructure while still benefiting from the cloud’s cost-effectiveness and scalability.

Privileged Access Management-as-a-Service (PAMaaS)

PAMaaS combines the benefits of SaaS and IaaS specifically for Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions. PAMaaS leverages SaaS to deliver third-party privileged access management services, such as password vaulting, session management, and access control. This eliminates the need for businesses to install and maintain their own PAM software. Additionally, PAMaaS uses IaaS to store and manage sensitive credentials and data securely in the cloud, providing businesses with an additional layer of security and compliance.   

PAM in the Cloud vs. PAM for the Cloud

PAM in the Cloud

PAM in the cloud refers to a cloud-based infrastructure that replaces on-premises PAM infrastructure. It consists of a PAMaaS component, which is managed by service providers and typically used by organizations with hybrid cloud or multi-cloud environments.

PAM for the Cloud

PAM for the cloud, on the other hand, is distinct from PAM in the cloud. It is not a cloud-based PAM solution, but rather a management tool specifically designed for managing privileged access to cloud-based applications. This tool provides enhanced security and control over privileged accounts and activities within cloud environments.  

How Lepide Helps with PAM

The Lepide Data Security Platform provides comprehensive PAM capabilities by centralizing the management of privileged accounts and credentials. It enables administrators to locate sensitive data, establish granular access controls, enforce password policies, and monitor privileged user activities to prevent unauthorized access and potential data breaches. Below are the key features that Lepide offers:

  • Data Discovery & Classification: By automatically discovering and classifying sensitive data across all systems, Lepide’s data classification tool empowers organizations to identify and protect privileged accounts that access valuable information. In addition to incremental scanning of sensitive data, Lepide can automatically classify sensitive data at the point of creation and modification.
  • Enhanced Visibility and Control: Through continuous monitoring and logging, the Lepide Data Security Platform provides real-time visibility into all privileged access activities. The platform’s intuitive dashboard and customizable alerts/reports enable security teams to quickly detect suspicious behavior and respond promptly to potential security incidents.
  • Integration with Existing Systems: The Lepide Data Security Platform seamlessly integrates with various enterprise systems, including Active Directory, LDAP, and popular cloud platforms, such as AWS and Azure. This interoperability ensures that PAM policies are applied consistently across all systems, eliminating the gaps and vulnerabilities that often arise from disparate security solutions. 


Privilege Access Management (PAM) plays a pivotal role in cybersecurity by protecting sensitive data through authentication and authorization mechanisms. However, implementing PAM effectively requires substantial infrastructure, resources, and budgetary considerations. In situations where organizations face resource constraints, PAM as a Service (PAMaaS) offers a viable solution. PAMaaS eliminates the need for additional infrastructure and resources, significantly reducing costs over time. By outsourcing PAM services to a third-party provider, organizations can gain access to PAM capabilities without compromising security.

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