A Privileged Access Workstation (PAW) is a dedicated computing environment for sensitive tasks that is protected from Internet attacks and other threat vectors.
A PAW separates these sensitive tasks and accounts from non-administrative computer use, such as email and web browsing.
Cardinal Protect eliminates the need for a separate Privileged Access Workstation (PAW) device to access administrative accounts and manage high-risk systems. To learn more about or to request Cardinal Protect, submit a Request.
A PAW has the following characteristics:
- Dedicated hardened systems that provide high security assurance for sensitive accounts and tasks
- Built on trusted hardware with clean source media, instrumented and monitored for full visibility
- Includes expedited and automated patching of security updates to ensure system security
System Administrators and other PAW users who want to simplify to one device for all their work should use Cardinal Protect.
Limited to specific teams who are still required to use a PAW for managing critical infrastructure. See the User Guide for more information.
A Stanford-managed server running a supported operating system.
May be used with Low, Moderate, and High Risk Data, as defined by the Information Security Office.
Departments are responsible for the cost of PAW hardware (a laptop computer). There is no additional cost associated with the use of the service.
Users who manage high risk data or servers should use Cardinal Protect. If you are unsure which service you should use, request a Cardinal Protect system.
For the UIT teams that still require PAW for managing critical infrastructure, request a PAW.
You will be contacted to arrange a hardware hand-off and configuration of the necessary credentials for its use. Your department will need to provide the computer that will become the PAW. Hardware prerequisites are as follows:
- Any in-warranty Dell computer. Dell must contain a TPM 2.0 security chip.