Cloud Identity Governance

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 find that the number of user and service identities, and entitlements, are impossible to manage. It is common to see cloud configuration consoles with dozens of human users – 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.

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

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 identity 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.

Who Needs CIG?

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 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.

Automate Risk Analysis and Mitigation across Cloud Infrastructures

Cloud Identity Governance protects an organization’s cloud infrastructure by automating analysis of access risk  for all permissions granted 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 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

Managing Entitlements and Remediating Risk

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 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 platform.

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Ermetic for Cloud Infrastructure Governance

  • Get Deep, Multi-cloud 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 automate guardrails for identities, resources and network 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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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.

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