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Privileged Access Workstation (PAW)


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.


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

A PAW provides increased security for IT administrators working with High Risk servers and applications. This includes, but is not limited to, Active Directory and administrative access to databases, web servers, and application servers bearing High Risk Data. It is part of the Minimum Security Standards for High Risk systems.

Get started

To get started, 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 Mac or Dell computer. Dell must contain a TPM 2.0 security chip.

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Last modified January 13, 2020