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Complexity kills. Simplicity succeeds: Why Thycotic beats CyberArk in new vendor evaluation

May 10th, 2018


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A new vendor evaluation analyst report from the UK-based Cyber Management Alliance, puts Thycotic’s Privileged Access Management solution—Secret Server—at the top of its Leaderboard, ahead of the traditional 800-pound gorilla in the PAM space, CyberArk. Based on an extensive evaluation list of criteria, the CM-Alliance makes very clear why Thycotic tops their preferred vendor list.  Simplicity and ease of use.

Over-complicated solutions often become so cumbersome that operational teams are unable to configure, optimize and run the tools effectively.  This circle of confusion leads to a downward spiral of lower product utilization

And the reason simplicity is so important has to do with the level of acceptance and adoption of cybersecurity technology.

As the report emphasizes, ”Over-complicated solutions often become so cumbersome that operational teams are unable to configure, optimize and run the tools effectively.  This circle of confusion leads to a downward spiral of lower product utilization and as a result, teams are unable to deliver on the overall task of ‘keeping the business secure and resilient.’”

In other words, a cybersecurity solution so complex that it becomes an obstacle to adoption is less than optimal and risks becoming more of a hindrance than a help.  How many examples of shelf-ware in your experience stem from a software tool that requires extensive training and/or expensive professional services to not only deploy but maintain?  Lean IT operations today simply can’t afford to implement and manage a complex solution, regardless of its features.

To take the leadership spot over CyberArk, Thycotic PAM solutions excel like no other in delivering a simple, effective and easy to maintain security software.  Here’s how the CM-Alliance report expressed it: “Our researchers were impressed with Thycotic’s enterprise-class capabilities of scalability, flexibility, and adaptability in one of the industry’s easiest to use and deploy product.”

In contrast, the report says, “While CyberArk is enterprise-established with multiple features in many areas, it remains the most complex solution of those researched,” and thus “remains less user-friendly and more costly.”

Get your copy of the full report entitled, “The CM-Alliance Leaderboard: Privilege Access Management Vendor Evaluation”.

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Joseph Carson

Joseph Carson has over 25 years' experience in enterprise security, is the author of "Privileged Account Management for Dummies" and "Cybersecurity for Dummies", and is a cyber security professional and ethical hacker. Joseph is a cyber security advisor to several governments, critical infrastructure, financial and transportation industries, speaking at conferences globally. Joseph serves as the Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic.

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