Unleash Your CyberArk EPM Superpowers:

Published on
September 13, 2023

Unleash Your CyberArk EPM Superpowers:

Configurations, Recommendations, and More


Hello, cybersecurity enthusiasts! Today, we're diving headfirst into the wild and wonderful world of CyberArk Endpoint Privilege Management (EPM).

If you're new to EPM or are already a seasoned user, you might be wondering, "Why should I bother mastering EPM? Isn't my cybersecurity strategy robust enough?" Well, my friend, in today's digital landscape, where endpoint security is as vital as your morning coffee, mastering CyberArk EPM is a must!

Why? Because with CyberArk EPM, you're not just protecting your endpoints; you're transforming the way you manage your privileges and maintain a top-notch security posture. Think of it as going from superhero sidekick to becoming the superhero themselves.

So, tighten your cape and get ready to unleash your CyberArk EPM superpowers as we navigate through base policy configurations, optimize policy recommendations, and fine-tune application handling. Stick around to become the cybersecurity hero your organization needs!

Does this sound exciting? Great, let's get started!

Unveiling the CyberArk EPM Superpowers

Configure Your Base Policies Like a Pro

CyberArk EPM's magic lies in its four base policies, and it’s essential for you to get these right. Think of them as the four pillars of a superhero's secret lair. Without them, the lair could collapse! Here's a quick rundown:

  1. Allow Authorized Applications: This policy is all about giving permissions. It's like inviting fellow superheroes to your secret hideout. You know they're on your side, so you let them in without any fuss.
  2. Elevate Authorized Applications: Sometimes, even superheroes need a little boost. This policy lets you elevate the privilege levels of certain applications, giving them the extra powers they need, just for a while.
  3. Trust Authorized Applications: In a world filled with trust issues, this policy is a breath of fresh air. By trusting authorized applications, you're telling your system, "Hey, I know this app! It’s a friend, not a foe."
  4. Block Unauthorized Applications: And then there are the villains. Those applications that have no business being in your system. With this policy, you set up an impenetrable barrier, keeping those unwanted intruders out.

Configuring these four foundational policies is crucial for a rock-solid endpoint privilege management strategy. A slight misstep could either leave you exposed or hinder necessary operations, so it's all about striking the right balance!

Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? If you're feeling overwhelmed or just want a second opinion on your configurations, don’t hesitate to contact J Group Consulting. We’ll help you get your policies spot-on, ensuring your cybersecurity is top-notch!

Now, ready to delve deeper into the realm of EPM? Let’s chat about policy recommendations. Onwards!

Leveraging Policy Recommendations

If you've ever wished for a cybersecurity oracle that could guide you on what policy decisions to make, then you're in luck! Policy recommendations in CyberArk EPM is that oracle you’ve been looking for.

Policy recommendations are like your own personal JARVIS, offering insights into which applications should be allowed, elevated, trusted, or blocked. These insights come from CyberArk's vast cybersecurity experience, so you know you're getting advice from the best in the business.

So, how does it work? It's simple. Policy recommendations pop up based on your system's activity and overall security landscape. Once they appear, you can choose to accept or decline these recommendations. Accepted recommendations get applied automatically, reducing the manual workload and streamlining the entire process.

But here's the thing - don't accept these recommendations blindly. They are just that - recommendations. You're still in the driver's seat and should make decisions based on your unique security requirements and organization policies.

If you're unsure about a policy recommendation or need help deciphering what's best for your organization, don't hesitate to get in touch with J Group Consulting. We’re experts in interpreting and implementing policy recommendations in a way that perfectly suits your unique needs.

Ready for the next superpower? Let's take a deep dive into the world of applications - handled and unhandled. Buckle up!

Untangling Handled vs Unhandled Applications

The cyber world is a mixed bag, filled with both good guys (handled applications) and not-so-good guys (unhandled applications). Understanding the difference between the two and knowing how to manage them effectively is your next EPM superpower.

Let's clear the fog first. Handled applications are those that you've got a policy for. They're like known superheroes and villains - you know exactly who they are and how they behave. Unhandled applications, on the other hand, are like unknown entities. They could be harmless citizens or potential threats - you don't have a policy for them, and that's a bit of a cybersecurity wild card.

The golden question here is, "What percentage of my applications should be handled vs unhandled?"

Well, the ideal scenario would be to have 100% handled applications. But let's face it, in the dynamic world of cybersecurity, that’s as likely as a superhero going unnoticed in a crowd. It's more realistic to aim for around 85-90% handled applications, leaving 10-15% as unhandled. This gives you a healthy balance between maintaining stringent security measures and allowing for necessary flexibility in your system.

Remember, an unhandled application isn’t necessarily a villain, but it's important to keep an eye on it. Regular audits and appropriate policy adjustments can help ensure these unknown entities don’t end up causing chaos in your cyber city!

Finding the balance between handled and unhandled applications can be tricky. If you're struggling to get it right or need advice on managing your applications more effectively, reach out to J Group Consulting. They've got the expertise and tools to help you achieve the ideal balance and maintain a secure, efficient system.

Phew! We've covered a lot of ground, haven't we? Let's wrap this up!


And just like that, we've ventured through the exciting terrain of CyberArk EPM, dived into configuring base policies, navigated the labyrinth of policy recommendations, and grappled with the challenge of handled versus unhandled applications.

By now, you should be feeling pretty invincible, with a newfound appreciation for the superpowers CyberArk EPM brings to your cybersecurity strategy. Remember, in the world of endpoint security, you're not just a participant, you're a superhero – and every superhero needs their superpowers.

CyberArk EPM is not a one-size-fits-all tool. It's flexible, robust, and adapts to your unique cybersecurity needs. Whether you're just starting your journey or are looking to optimize your existing setup, remember to consider your unique requirements, use recommendations wisely, and aim for a healthy balance of application handling.

Feeling like you could use a sidekick in this cybersecurity adventure? Ready to fully unleash your CyberArk EPM potential? J Group Consulting is just one call away. They're the Robin to your Batman, the Watson to your Sherlock, the Goose to your Maverick - ready to provide you with expert advice and help you navigate the thrilling world of endpoint security.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your CyberArk EPM adventure today, and be the cybersecurity hero your organization needs!

About the Author

Chris Pols is a seasoned cybersecurity professional with a passion for protecting digital landscapes. With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and 8 years in security, Chris brings a wealth of expertise to the table. As the Lead Privileged Access Management Engineer at J Group Consulting, Chris has dedicated years to mastering CyberArk EPM, empowering organizations to strengthen their security posture. With a mix of humor, listening skills, and technical prowess, Chris creates a pleasant working environment while effectively safeguarding systems and networks. Whether it's configuring base policies, leveraging policy recommendations, or managing applications, Chris is your trusted guide in the thrilling world of endpoint security. Ready to unleash your cybersecurity hero potential?

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