Root accounts are the most powerful accounts on a UNIX system and, without a ROOT management tool to bring accountability, cause three major problems for security and compliance:
Ideally the use of UNIX root accounts is limited and utilities such as sudo are in place to raise privilege while keeping the user accountable. In the case of shared accounts, and for certain configuration changes, root access is still required. Access to both sudo and the root password need to be controlled, and only one individual should know a password at any point in time to ensure there is accountability for any actions taken using the account. These accounts should also have their passwords rotated on a regular basis to prevent any brute force attacks on the password.
Secret Server enables IT teams to control and monitor who has access to each privileged credential on the network. It includes automatic password rotation, password length and complexity enforcement, and full accountability through user audit trails and advanced access and oversight controls.