Managing Cloud Identity

Governing identity in cloud computing is core to protecting one’s cloud. A misconfigured cloud infrastructure entitlement can bring down an entire application or lead to a devastating breach. Traditional methods for eliminating risky entitlements don’t meet cloud needs. Ermetic helps organizations govern cloud identities and their access entitlements at scale.

Why Govern Cloud Identities?

As their cloud infrastructure scales, organizations quickly discover the challenges of cloud identity. The burgeoning number of identities — users and services — and their entitlements is impossible to manage manually. It is common to see cloud configuration consoles with dozens of human users alone.

from admins and cloud managers to developers and DevOps or DBAs. The number of machine, or service, identities can easily reach the thousands. With so many identities and policies, the attack surface grows and lateral movement from misconfigured access entitlements seems inevitable.

To successfully manage your cloud security posture, you need to go deep on identities, permissions, and access risk. Ermetic enables you to automate the process, at scale.

What Does Cloud Identity Governance Do?

According to Forrester, Cloud Identity Governance (CIG) solutions – also called Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) – enable organizations to track performance, allocate resources and modify cloud services in a robust cloud identity management context. CIG solutions like Ermetic automate the detection, analysis and mitigation of access risk to help organizations meet protection requirements for cloud-native applications across virtual machines, containers and serverless workloads.

Ermetic identifies risks and tells you what to do – this is awesome in helping explain to different groups what needs to be done.

Larry Viviano, Director of Information Security, IntelyCare

IaaS, PaaS and Cloud Identity

Shared responsibility models of [cloud identity management vendors] place the bulk of responsibility for securing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) on the cloud customer. This includes responsibility for securing the network controls, configurations, applications — and IAM and customer data. Getting this done in IaaS/PaaS is especially hard because of the multitude of policies, configurations and cloud settings that impact effective access and block the path to Least Privilege.

Secure Your Public Cloud with Just-in-Time (JIT) Access

Your engineering teams occasionally need direct, highly privileged access to your sensitive cloud environments for specific activities, such as debugging or manual deployment of a service. Such all-encompassing entitlements can introduce significant risk if not revoked when no longer needed. Ermetic provides a Just-in-Time (JIT) self-service portal for facilitating and controlling access requests to your cloud environments, and that minimizes the risk of long-standing privileges.

Using Ermetic’s JIT capability you can:

  • Minimize your cloud attack surface by enforcing fine-grained least privilege policies and avoiding use of long-standing privileges
  • Save engineering teams time by enabling them to quickly submit a request, notify approvers and gain temporary access
  • Monitor user activity during elevated sessions and generate reports for all JIT access requests and authorizations
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Automate Risk Analysis and Mitigation across Multicloud

Cloud Identity Governance protects an organization’s cloud infrastructure by automating analysis of access risk for all permissions granted to all resources across all clouds in use. By analyzing risk deeply, at scale, CIG can identify even toxic combinations of permissions that would be near-impossible to identify manually. Most importantly, CIG provides suggestions for risk remediation, including policy corrections integrated across workflows, to facilitate implementation and offer rapid mitigation that reduces the risk of unintended entitlement use.

Cloud providers offer various tools for monitoring and reducing access risk in [cloud identity management], however such tools, though native, are typically of limited scope and depth, and do not offer a multi-cloud solution.

The Pathway to Least Privilege

The pathway to least privilege starts with a full and accurate picture of all entitlements. Continuous discovery of all entities and policies (including IAM, resource, permissions boundaries and ACLs) in the environment and analysis of the relationships reveals the gap between the desired enterprise policy and actual entitlements.

Auto-generation of access policies based on actual need, and their integration in organizational workflows, provides organizations with the tools for enforcing least privilege reactively and proactively, including in code early on in development.

It is increasingly obvious to me — and our security stakeholders — that Ermetic is enabling us to run our game changing online payment service more securely and easily.

Etienne Smith, CTO, Kikapay

Manage Security and Compliance in One

Ermetic prevents cloud data breaches by automating entitlements management and risk remediation for Azure, AWS and GCP. It automatically discovers all user and service identities, and analyzes their entitlements as granted by roles/scope and policies, using a continuous identity lifecycle approach. By combining analytics with granular, full stack insight, Ermetic [cloud identity security] makes it possible to enforce least privilege access at scale in even the most complex public cloud environments.

Ermetic combines robust security posture management and compliance monitoring with advanced, identity-first cloud infrastructure entitlements management to offer security leaders a unified CIG-CSPM solution in one simplified [cloud identity platform].

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Ermetic for Cloud Infrastructure Governance

  • Get Deep, Multicloud Visibility

    Manage all identities and resources in one platform. Investigate permissions, configurations and relationships

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  • Understand the Attack Surface

    Assess & prioritize risk across human and service identities, network configuration, data and compute resources

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  • Automate Remediation

    Mitigate risky privileges and faulty configurations through integration with ticketing, CI/CD pipelines, and IaC

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  • Enforce Policies and Shift Left

    Define and enforce automated guardrails for access permissions and resource configuration, from dev to production.

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  • Detect Anomalies

    Detect suspicious behavior and configuration changes with continuous behavioral analysis and alerts

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  • Comply with Standards

    Audit inventory and ensure compliance with CIS, GDPR, SOC2, NIST, PCI DSS, HIPAA, ISO and more

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Hear from Our Customers

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Dominic Zanardi Security Engineer, Latch

If we didn’t have Ermetic analyzing roles, policies and network configuration, that would easily be an additional three to four analysts. It’s saving us hours and head count.

David Christensen Senior Information Security Executive

This is one of the few platforms I’ve brought into the cloud that has had actionable efforts in under 30 days. From a return on investment perspective, it was one of the best decisions we made.

Larry Viviano Director of Information Security, IntelyCare

If I didn’t have Ermetic to manage my cloud security, I probably would need an additional two or three headcount in order to do that manually.

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Eugene Gorelik VP Engineering at Airslate

Ermetic has allowed us to concentrate on our business rather than on concentrate just on the cloud security.

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“Ermetic is our number one monitoring tool for showing the security state of our current production version and ensuring that a change to a service doesn’t create risk.”

Leo Thesen, Senior Engineer and Security Technical Lead, MOHARA

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