What is CyberArk and How Does It Work?

by | Jul 30, 2021

What is CyberArk?

CyberArk is a popular IAM security tool. CyberArk offers several products and solutions—we’ll talk about that in more detail below. The easiest way to define the purpose of CyberArk is by calling it a privileged access management tool.

What Industries Use CyberArk?












CyberArk has a significant presence in:
  • Computer Software
  • Information Technology and Services
  • Financial Services
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Hospital & Health Care
  • Retail
  • Utilities
  • Computer Hardware
  • Human Resources

The History of CyberArk

CyberArk is headquartered in Petah, Israel. As an international company, it has offices in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Since 1999, CyberArk has focused on its mission to empower organizations with cybersecurity tools that can deflect cyberattacks. Although they began as a small start-up, the company is now publicly traded on the NASDAQ.

CyberArk has acquired multiple companies in the past decade, including Viewfinity, Conjur Inc., and Vaultive.

Why Use CyberArk?

CyberArk has thousands of customers in more than 90 countries. More than half of the fortune 500 trust CyberArk with their privileged access management.






of the Fortune 500


of the Global 2000


CyberArk brings a security-first mindset to any organization’s IAM practice. Their market-leading innovations are designed to prevent privileged attacks. CyberArk is:

  • Ranked a leader in identity access and privileged management.
  • Committed to continuous innovation, with more than 204 patents and pending applications worldwide.
  • A proven blueprint for measurable risk-based Identity Security roadmaps.

How Does CyberArk Work?

CyberArk’s Privileged Access Security includes layers of security (like firewalls, VPNs, authentication, access control and encryption) that act as a barrier against cybercrime. These layers protect two primary elements of CyberArk’s architecture.

Data Storage Interfaces
The data storage system (AKA the “server” or “vault”) holds all user data and authenticates access. Interfaces connect with the data storage system. After the user is authenticated, the interface provides access to the application.

Privileged Session Manager (PSM)

Privileged accounts hold immense power in an organization. From an IT perspective, it’s crucial to ensure users are using their access appropriately—especially third-party vendors.

CyberArk PSM acts as a central point that allows you to:

  • Increase your control of privileged accounts.
  • Protect target systems in your data center.
  • Increase visibility to administrative activity.
  • And more.

Learn more about CyberArk PSM and how it works.

Privileged Threat Analytics (PTA)

CyberArk Privileged Threat Analytics is designed to provide account security intelligence. It includes threat analytics by revealing malicious user activity.

CyberArk PTA is unique because:

  • It can provide total protection against advanced insider threats.
  • It’s the only targeted privilege threat analytics software in the industry.
  • It can streamline highly actionable intelligence.

Learn more about CyberArk PTA and how it works.

Enterprise Password Vault (EPV)

The Enterprise Password Vault encrypts and stores user passwords to provide Single Sign-On (SSO). The application enabled users to store their passwords in a central, secure location.

Learn more about CyberArk EPV and how it works.

GCA Can Help You Get Started

GCA has years of experience working with CyberArk solutions. Our engineers understand how to achieve your organizational goals with these specialized tools. If you need help understanding your security environment and how to use CyberArk, GCA can help.

Learn more about our privileged access management services.