2020 Vendors to Know: Privileged Access Management

2020 Vendors to Know: Privileged Access Management

Solutions Review’s listing of the Vendors to Know: Privileged Access Management is a mashup of products that best represent current market conditions, according to the crowd. Our editors selected the privileged access management products listed here based on each solution’s Authority Score, a meta-analysis of real user sentiment through the web’s most trusted business software review sites and our own proprietary five-point inclusion criteria.

Who are the twelve Vendors to Know in Privileged Access Management (PAM)? 

The editors at Solutions Review continually research the most prominent and influential privileged access management vendors to assist buyers in search of the tools befitting the needs of their organization. Choosing the right vendor and solution can be a complicated process; it requires constant market research and often comes down to more than just the solution and its technical capabilities. To make your search a little easier, we listed the Vendors to Know in Privileged Access Management.  

Note: Companies are listed in alphabetical order.

2020 Vendors to Know: Privileged Access Management 


2020 Vendors to Know: Privileged Access Management In 2019, BeyondTrust enhanced its privileged access protections and received attention from KuppingerCole. In 2020, it appeared as a Leader in the KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for PAM. Previously, BeyondTrust was named a Leader in the Forrester Wave for Privileged Access Management in 2018 and in the first Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management. Recently, it announced its Windows and Mac offerings are available via SaaS. 


Broadcom incorporated CA Technologies into its own portfolio, now called the Layer7 Privileged Access Management. Previously, CA Technologies appeared in the Leader quadrant for the Gartner 2018 Privileged Access Management Magic Quadrant. Layer7 Privileged Access Management controls privileged access across all IT resources, including in the cloud. Broadcom appeared in the KuppingerCole 2020 Leadership Compass as a Leader.  


Centrify appeared in the KuppingerCole Privileged Access Management Leadership Compass in 2019 and in 2020. Additionally, it received attention in The Forrester Wave: Privileged Identity Management, Q4 2018; it was named a Leader. During RSA 2020, it received an award for “Cutting Edge Privileged Account Security” from Cyber Defense Magazine. In the first Gartner 2018 Privileged Access Management Magic Quadrant, it received the title of Leader.


In 2020, CyberArk acquired IDaaS provider Idaptive. Additionally, it appeared as a Leader in the 2020 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Privileged Access Management. Also, it received a Leader title in the 2018 Forrester Wave Report for Privileged Identity Management and the Gartner PAM Magic Quadrant. Key components of CyberArk’s PASS solution include an SSH Key Manager, Privileged Session Manager, Privileged Threat Analytics, and Endpoint Privilege Manager.


Devolutions appeared in the KuppingerCole Pam Leadership Compass for 2020; it received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management. Users describe Devolutions’ solutions as user-friendly and praise its cloud-based deployment. Devolutions announced the Devolutions Password Server for SMBs privileged access management earlier in 2020. Its Password Server itself is a full-featured shared account and password management solution. 

Ekran System   

Ekran System’s solution serves to enhance third-party vendor management, remote and on-site employee control, and other security tasks. It offers lightweight software agents for all kinds of endpoints, supporting any access scheme and network architecture, including hybrid. Agents combine access management functionality with comprehensive activity monitoring, recording, and alerting and enable essential incident response capabilities.


ManageEngine appeared in the KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for 2020 and in 2019. The 2018 Forrester Wave report named ManageEngine a Contender. ManageEngine’s discovery engine is capable of discovering and enumerating Windows local and domain accounts on the enterprise network, virtual environment, and on Linux devices with equal efficiency. Overall its implementation is described as easy and the solution as having a strong feature set. 

Micro Focus

Micro Focus owns the NetIQ identity and access management suite, a highly scalable set of solutions including PAM. Recently, it appeared in the 2019 and 2020 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Privileged Access Management and the 2018 Gartner Privileged Access Management Magic Quadrant. Micro Focus’s NetIQ Change Guardian can monitor critical files, systems, and applications in real-time to detect unauthorized privileged activity.   

One Identity

The Privileged Password Manager offered by One Identity provides session management features, as well as an active directory bridge between different operating systems across the enterprise network. One Identity appeared in the KuppingerCole PAM Leadership Compass for both 2019 and 2020 as a Leader. Additionally, it appeared in the Gartner 2018 Privileged Access Management Magic Quadrant and the Forrester Wave as a Strong Performer.  


Remediant received praise in the KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Privileged Access Management 2020. Previously, in 2019 Gartner named them a Cool Vendor in Identity and Access Management. Customers praise Remediant for its ability to clean up accounts and for its reporting of privileged users.


Thycotic was named a Leader in Privileged Identity by both Forrester Research and in the KuppingerCole Leadership Compass. In 2020, Thycotic acquired Onion ID. Thycotic customers describe it as responsive to user needs and knowledgeable in management support. Its least privileged policies are designed to avoid interfering with administrator and employee productivity and user experience.

Xton Technologies

Xton Technologies’ express goal is to provide simple and affordable PAM software to enterprises. Their XT Access Manager Solution offers multifactor authentication controls, can store and share security keys with users and superusers, delegate the execution of privileged commands, and lockdown privileged accounts with suspicious activity. 

To learn more about the 2020 Vendors to Know: Privileged Access Management, check out Solutions Review’s other resources, including our Buyer’s Guide. We cover the top providers and their key capabilities in detail. 

Ben Canner

Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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