Securing Cloud Identity and Entitlements
Governing identities is core to protecting your cloud environment. 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 enables organizations to govern cloud identities and access entitlements, and reduce permissions risk at scale.
Why Govern Cloud Identities?
As their cloud infrastructure grows, organizations quickly discover the challenges of cloud identity. The burgeoning number of identities and entitlements is impossible to manage manually. The number of service (machine) identities can easily reach the thousands. With so many identities and policies, the attack surface grows and lateral movement by attackers leveraging misconfigured or excessive permissions seems inevitable.
Cloud provider tools for monitoring and reducing identity risk fall short in scope and depth, and in providing a single multicloud platform where Security, DevOps and IAM can align on contextual visibility into access risk. Ermetic offers a unique identity-first approach that enables you to prevent cloud breaches and data theft by automating management of identity, permissions and access risks at scale and across your clouds.
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.
Larry Viviano, Director of Information Security, IntelyCare
Ermetic identifies risks and tells you what to do – this is awesome in helping explain to different groups what needs to be done.
Automate Risk Analysis and Mitigation across Multicloud
Cloud Identity Governance protects your 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 solutions can identify toxic combinations of permissions that are near-impossible to identify manually. Most importantly, CIG provides automated risk remediation, including policy corrections sent to the right stakeholders through workflows.
Using Ermetic you can drill down on any identity or resource to view the full context of configurations, permissions, network exposure and activity across AWS, Azure and GCP, and make smart queries into activity logs. Ermetic offers full stack insight across identity, network, compute and storage, and auto-generates optimized policies for mitigating the risk of unused identities, excessive permissions and otherwise risky privileges, including third parties and federated users from identity providers (iDPs). Ermetic risk analysis also monitors for behavioral anomalies, using EUBA technology.
Securing IaaS, PaaS, IAM and More – Shared Responsibility
The shared responsibility models of cloud providers 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 applications 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.
Apply Least Privilege to All Cloud Infrastructure Access
Consider all IaaS and PaaS access to be privileged – and protect your organization accordingly. This means applying the principles of privileged access management and least privilege to all cloud entitlements. The pathway to least privilege starts with a full and accurate picture of all entitlements. Due to the cloud’s dynamic nature, you need to perform continuous discovery of all entities and policies, and continuous analysis of the relationships. The advanced analytics capabilities of Ermetic’s Cloud Identity Governance platform work to reveal gaps between the desired enterprise policy and actual entitlements, and enable security teams to keep up.
Ermetic lets you auto-remediate unused and excessive privileges with generated rightsized permissions policies integrated in your CI/CD pipelines like Jira and ServiceNow. It facilitates shift left through least privilege-based infrastructure as code snippets delivered in Terraform and CloudFormation.
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
Achieve and Maintain Compliance
Whether your cloud environment is subject to regulatory frameworks or you prefer to benchmark against your own standards, Ermetic enables continuous compliance audit with industry standards and best practices. Ermetic monitors the full stack for potential compliance violations, including asset inventory, misconfigurations and network configuration, across dozens of industry standards, best practices and custom frameworks to help you meet your compliance needs.
- Carry out continuous compliance audit including for CIS, GDPR, HIPAA, ISO, NIST, PCI and SOC2
- Ticket automatically-generated, optimized policies and configuration fixes through Jira and ServiceNow
- Generate detailed reports for asset inventory, network configurations and activity audits
Ermetic Cloud Identity Governance
Get Deep, Multicloud VisibilityLearn More
Manage all identities and resources in one platform. Investigate permissions, configurations and relationships
Understand the Attack SurfaceLearn More
Assess & prioritize risk across human and service identities, network configuration, data and compute resources
Automate RemediationLearn More
Mitigate risky privileges and faulty configurations through integration with ticketing, CI/CD pipelines, and IaC
Enforce Policies and Shift LeftLearn More
Define and enforce automated guardrails for access permissions and resource configuration, from dev to production.
Detect AnomaliesLearn More
Detect suspicious behavior and configuration changes with continuous behavioral analysis and alerts
Comply with StandardsLearn More
Audit inventory and ensure compliance with CIS, GDPR, SOC2, NIST, PCI DSS, HIPAA, ISO and more
Hear from Our CustomersRead Case Studies
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.
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.
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.
Ermetic has allowed us to concentrate on our business rather than on concentrate just on the cloud security.
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