What is Cloud Infrastructure Entitlements Management (CIEM)?
CIEM is the essential next step in your cloud security strategy. CIEM solutions constantly monitor human and service identities, permissions, and activity. Applying analytics and machine learning, CIEM continuously analyzes risk and generates least privilege access policies.
Excessive Permissions Can Bring Down an Application
One of the most underestimated risks to cloud infrastructure — and the hardest to find and fix — is misconfigured identities. By 2023, inadequate identities and privileges management will be the cause of 75% of cloud security failures [Gartner]. Traditional methods for determining least-privilege access are no longer keeping pace as organizations scale their cloud environments. Excessive permissions, along with the complexity and constant change of cloud infrastructure are an accident waiting to happen.
To successfully manage your cloud security posture, you need to go deep on identities. Ermetic helps organizations manage all their cloud entitlements, remove excessive permissions and reduce the attack surface.
Securing IaaS and PaaS
Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) – also called Cloud Identity Governance (CIG) – is a security segment that addresses the need to eliminate excessive entitlements and reduce access risk. CIEM solutions automate the detection, analysis and mitigation of cloud infrastructure access risk to help organizations meet evolving protection requirements for cloud-native applications across virtual machines, containers and serverless workloads.
Who needs CIEM? 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 being responsible for securing the network controls, configurations, applications — and IAM and customer data. Getting this done in IaaS is especially hard because understanding cloud identities and their permissions to access resources is one of the most elusive and risk-bearing aspects of cloud use.
Guy Reiner, Co-founder and VP of R&D, Aidoc
Ermetic goes beyond permissions visibility to reveal IAM risk context that informs our busy devops team, facilitating their efforts in mitigating risk and minimizing disruption.
Automating Risk Analysis across Cloud Infrastructures
CIEM protects an organization’s cloud infrastructure by automating analysis of access risk and its severity for all permissions granted to all resources across all clouds. By analyzing risk deeply, and at scale, CIEM can identify even toxic combinations of permissions that would be near-impossible to identify manually. Most importantly, robust CIEM offers suggestions for risk remediation, including policy corrections integrated across workflows, to facilitate implementation by teams and offer rapid mitigation that reduces potential damage from unintended entitlement use.
Cloud providers offer a variety of tools for monitoring and reducing access risk however such tools, though native, are frequently limited in scope and depth, and do not offer cover an organization’s multicloud needs.
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
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.
Govern Access and Enforce Least Privilege
Security and privacy regulations (e.g., CIS, SOC2, HIPAA) require an organization to have cloud security capabilities in place for governing access policy and enforcing least privilege. Such access controls allow for continuous auditing and automated reporting of how privileged cloud identities are being used. They enable security stakeholders to answer basic and advanced questions regarding “Who can access what?”
Robust CIEM solutions include access governance capabilities that help your organization address compliance by adhering to the strictest regulatory standards, and also identify unusual behaviors that may indicate misuse or a breach.
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.
Security and Compliance Management in One Platform
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 CIEM-CSPM solution in one simplified platform.
Ermetic Cloud Infrastructure Entitlements Management
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
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.
Ermetic has allowed us to concentrate on our business rather than on concentrate just on the cloud security.
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.
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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State of Cloud Security 2021: More Aware Yet Very Exposed
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[On-Demand] Essentials Workshop: How to manage identities and access risk in AWS and Azure
Understand where AWS and Azure align and differ in handling access management.
Learn how Intelycare is using CIEM to secure their AWS environment
“We need to keep our CIS benchmarks green. Ermetic is giving more than a window into our cloud identities – it gives insight into misconfigurations that affect benchmarks.”
Larry Viviano, Director of Information Security, IntelyCare