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Competitors & Alternatives to Saviynt

StrongDM manages and audits access to infrastructure.
  • Role-based, attribute-based, & just-in-time access to infrastructure
  • Connect any person or service to any infrastructure, anywhere
  • Logging like you've never seen

Saviynt is a popular identity and access management solution (IAM), but it may not be the best choice for every organization. In this article, we’ll explore powerful alternatives to Saviynt for companies with cloud-first IT infrastructure. By the end of this article, you’ll know whether Saviynt or one of these Saviynt competitors is the right fit for you.

Saviynt

Brief product summary

Saviynt is a cloud-native, enterprise IAM solution that specializes in supporting identity governance and administration (IGA). Saviynt’s privileged access management (PAM) standards and granular access controls for applications help organizations solve common security and regulatory compliance concerns when enterprises are moving from on-premises solutions to the cloud.

Use cases

Saviynt is most appropriate for enterprise organizations ready to transition from legacy Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) software. For companies with many on-premises solutions that are looking to accelerate their transition to the cloud, Saviynt can help them develop a foundation for adopting zero trust architecture while controlling risk across their application ecosystem and simplifying security controls.

This solution can also support companies with:

  • Maintaining identity governance standards in multi-cloud environments
  • Enabling productivity with automation to improve workforce identity management
  • Managing machine identities in alignment with zero trust principles
  • Meet ever-changing compliance standards

Pluses

  • Provision user access anywhere, any time across any application
  • Close access security gaps and automatically find risky identities with analytics powered by AI and machine learning
  • Detect cross-application segregation of duty (SoD) conflicts and unexpected violations easily
  • Simple implementation and user-friendly interface

Minuses

  • Limited integrations and not supportive of customizations
  • Limits the number of logs accessible within a 24-hour period
  • Customers report performance issues when Saviynt tries to process data across applications
  • Costlylicensing fees

StrongDM

Brief product summary

StrongDM is a control plane to manage and monitor access to databases, servers, clusters, and web apps. StrongDM's zero trust model means instead of distributing access across a combination of VPN, individual database credentials, and SSH keys, StrongDM authenticates users withyour existing SSO (Google, Onelogin, Okta, etc...) and authorizes access to infrastructure based on identity. Access is group or role based keeping the underlying credentials hidden from end users. 

StrongDM logs every event and it also logs all database queries, complete SSH and RDP sessions, and kubectl activity. This makes it one of the strongest Saviynt competitors on the market.

Use cases

  • Faster onboarding - no need to provision database credentials, SSH keys, or VPN passwords for each new hire
  • Secure off-boarding - suspend SSO access once to revoke all database and server access
  • Automatically adopt security best practices like least privilege, ephemeral permissions, and audit trails
  • Comprehensive logs - log every permission change, database query, SSH and kubectl command

Pluses

  • Easy deployment and management 
  • No change to workflow - use any SQL client, CLI, or desktop BI tool
  • Standardize logs across any database type, Linux or Windows server, and Kubernetes
  • Graphical client for Windows and MacOS
  • See and replay all activity with session recordings
  • Manage via a user-friendly web browser interface
  • Centralized control pain to access infrastrucure across your entire stack
  • Simple, straightforward pricing

Minuses

  • Requires continual access to StrongDM API for access to managed resources

Okta ASA

Brief product summary

Okta started providing its Advanced Server Access product after acquiring ScaleFT in 2018. This PAM solution allows organizations to enable secure access and authentication for SSH and RDP servers in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. By grouping users into teams, Okta ASA offers role-based access control for companies to manage server access. 

Use cases

Okta offers a wider range of products that companies can use together to develop more comprehensive IAM capabilities—including identity governance and workforce identity management—to align with similar solutions on the market and be a powerful Saviynt alternative. 

Okta ASA specifically gives companies easier access management capabilities for SSH and RDP servers. 

Pluses

  • Gain access and authentication to SSH and RDP servers
  • Enable single sign-on to strengthen identity management
  • Control access with single-use client certificates or web tokens.

Minuses

  • Limited solution only manages access to servers; other additions are necessary to manage extensive IT infrastructure
  • Since the product must be set up and run on every server it manages, and pricing is by server, this solution can be expensive in certain environments
  • Combining products to create a more comprehensive IAM solution can quickly become expensive
  • Can’t audit RDP servers
  • Logs for SSH servers aren’t easily accessible
  • Ephemeral credentials can compromise uptime and add unnecessary complexity to deployments

CyberArk

Brief product summary

CyberArk’s Privileged Access Manager allows companies to track and manage access—and, more importantly, restrict access—to resources like SSH servers, RDP servers, and legacy databases. Organizations can access the Privileged Access Manager as both a SaaS offering and an on-premises solution, which may be preferable for their target audience: companies with Windows-heavy IT environments and legacy systems. 

CyberArk also offers a variety of products for companies to enhance and expand their identity and access management.

Use cases

CyberArk supports organizations working with traditional server operating systems and older database management systems to provide access management and authenticate users through LDAP or Active Directory. It centralizes access to both SSH and RDP servers and some databases, but is not the best fit for supporting cloud environments. 

While CyberArk do provide access to cloud accounts, their solutions aren’t designed to work with database management systems like Kafka and Redis or infrastructure tooling environments like Kubernetes and Docker.

Pluses

  • Single, centralized page provides easy management for SSH and RDP servers and legacy databases
  • Provides user authentication integration with LDAP and Active Directory (AD)
  • Machine group integration

Minuses

  • Designed and intended for legacy Windows environments and legacy authentication solutions, making it a poor fit for cloud-native infrastructure
  • SaaS offering charges for licenses for each product and function individually, making on-premises adoption more cost-effective
  • Ideal for managing access for privileged administrators, but not all users across the organization
  • Requires extensive assistance to install, configure and maintain

About the Author

, Director, Global Customer Engineering, has worked in the information security industry for 20 years on tasks ranging from firewall administration to network security monitoring. His obsession with getting people access to answers led him to publish Practical Vulnerability Management with No Starch Press in 2020. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Clark University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. in Information Management from the University of Washington. To contact Andy, visit him on LinkedIn.

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