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Discover Cloud PAM to

Mitigate Admin Access Risk in Cloud and DevOps

Do you know how to establish least privilege?
Or how to avoid identity sprawl?
What about machine credentials and automation?

This site will provide you with helpful insights on how to protect your cloud infrastructures (IaaS/PaaS) and CI/CD pipelines from administrative access-related risks while assuring task automation and seamless application and service interactions.

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Challenge
Recent events have proven that threat actors are increasingly targeting cloud environments, taking advantage of the fact that many organizations are still struggling to control administrative access to these platforms fully. Often, their preferred target is the cloud service provider’s cloud management console, which allows the hacker to gain control over all cloud infrastructure and services.
Solution
Cloud PAM secures admin access to the cloud service providers’ cloud management console, as well as maintains continuous visibility into who is trying to gain access, their entitlements, and usage. Also, it avoids identity sprawl by leveraging existing IAM tools, identity federation, and identity providers and reduces the overall costs.
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Challenge
A typical cloud deployment can quickly turn into a maze of interconnected machines, admin users, services, containers, and microservices. Managing, assessing risks, as well as defining access policies and permissions for this multitude of machine and human identities is, therefore, a huge undertaking. Every time new servers/containers are spun up; effective access controls need to be established.
Solution
Cloud PAM secures admin access to individual cloud instances and containers, as well as maintains continuous visibility into who (machine or human identity) is trying to gain access, their entitlements, and usage. This approach accounts for agility and automation in a highly dynamic cloud or DevOps environment without the need for enterprise directory replication or site-to-site VPN.
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Challenge
Establishing privileged access controls for cloud environments is often perceived as complicated, labor-intensive, and expensive. This holds especially true when it comes to a multi-cloud strategy. While each cloud service provider might offer free tools to handle administrative access controls, the required training and headcount costs are counter-intuitive to the benefits of moving to the cloud.
Solution
Since multiple cloud service providers are nowadays the norm, and each uses different mechanisms to address admin access-related risk, Cloud PAM offers a critical component to maintain cloud service provider neutrality and avoid lock-in to any single cloud offering. Furthermore, it helps avoid identity sprawl and minimizes an organization’s attack surface.
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Challenge
Cloud workloads natively operate based on thousands of identities belonging to a variety of compute types that have permissions to a variety of resources (e.g., data, network, secret stores), each requiring specific access policies. Simply understanding and managing which permissions are available for each identity (whether human or machine) is challenging.
Solution
Human or machine, in the cloud or on-premises — Cloud PAM allows for centralized, cross-cloud management of administrative access policy definition and administrative access enforcement at scale. This ensures not only the continuous operation of cloud platforms, applications, and data function but also consistent security policies across the entire enterprise.
Challenge
DevOps can easily spin up environments, generally granting broad permissions to both administrators and infrastructure, so that security won’t slow them down. This often leads to “permission creep”. However, DevOps tools and the pipelines created between them require strict administrative access control over both the DevOps Console and associated APIs.
Solution
Cloud PAM secures admin access to the DevOps management console, as well as maintains continuous visibility into who is trying to gain access, their entitlements, and usage. Also, it avoids identity sprawl by leveraging existing IAM tools, identity federation, and identity providers and reduces the overall costs.
Challenge
DevOps relies heavily on task automation, which is often accomplished by deploying scripts, orchestration services, and other tools. To ensure agility and fast-paced changes, these tools require reliable API and CLI access, which must be protected to minimize the risk of credential-based attacks and potential service disruption.
Solution
Cloud PAM empowers DevOps teams to vault away any shared services accounts and their access keys and instead leverage federated authentication with temporary access keys to ensure continuous, programmatic access and enhanced security.
Challenge
DevOps teams must manage and audit permissions and credentials for a growing number of administrative users and services accounts. Compounding the issue is that traditional methods of securing DevOps CI/CD pipelines involve manual interventions and restrictive controls that significantly restrict the agility of development and operations, leading to increased operational overhead.
Solution
Cloud PAM alleviates the need for hardcoded credentials and per-workload services accounts, allowing DevOps to accelerate coding and deployment while ensuring the security of human and machine identities. By using app-to-app password management style credentials (e.g., vaulted SSH keys, ephemeral tokens, or delegated machine credentials), DevOps can dramatically minimize the attack surface.
Challenge
The need for security automation is particularly vital in processes such as defining and updating access policies and permissions when spinning up new virtual instances. In DevOps environments, these processes cannot be done manually at scale as the need for frequent human involvement may cripple the ability to change and adjust on-demand, which is one of the primary drivers for cloud adoption.
Solution
With Cloud PAM, automation no longer means compromising on security. By taking advantage of centralized secrets management, DevOps can seamlessly adopt auto-scaling while assuring that each new cloud instance is configured the same as others. This reduces the chance of incidents due to manual human error in the configuration of accounts and definition of access rights and privileges.
Challenge
Applications, virtual machines, services, and workloads running in the cloud all have identities. This proliferation of non-human identities exacerbates the difficulty of achieving least privilege. Similar to human identities, access for these identities must be strictly monitored and controlled so that unauthorized, unverified access is automatically denied.
Solution
Cloud PAM offers a range of application-to-application password management approaches (vaulted, static passwords; SSH keys; ephemeral tokens; combination of ephemeral tokens and delegated machine credentials) to simplify and centralize credential management. This helps DevOps owners to finally take control of privileged access without impacting agility, leaving them to focus on what they do best.
Challenge
Security practitioners must protect administrative access to a far broader attack surface that is no longer defined within a perimeter, but highly distributed. At the same time, they need to assume that bad actors already exist in their network and align their cyber defense strategy accordingly without impacting their cloud or DevOps teams’ agility or speed to market.
Solution
Cloud PAM empowers security practitioners to protect their cloud infrastructures (IaaS/PaaS) and CI/CD pipelines from administrative access-related risks while assuring task automation and seamless application and service interactions. Ultimately, organizations don’t have to sacrifice security for agility.
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Challenge
Nowadays, non-human identities represent the majority of “users” in many organizations. This is especially true in DevOps and cloud environments, where task automation plays a dominant role. Traditional technologies and organizational security processes don’t translate well to these new settings. Thus, most CloudOps/DevOps practitioners today sacrifice security for agility.
Solution
Cloud PAM is creating a new cloud security paradigm that enables CloudOps/DevOps teams to enforce granular, least-privilege access policies for privileged identities (whether human or machine), to expose risks and threats, and enable all stakeholders to ensure security without impacting application continuity or speed to market.
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Challenge
Many compliance practitioners are struggling to ensure they have security controls everywhere necessary as well as being able to prove their effectiveness, especially with so many shared privileged accounts in play when covering hybrid- and multi-cloud environments. To add to the challenge, ever-changing industry as well as government regulations make it difficult to get and stay compliant.
Solution
Cloud PAM can help compliance managers to control, audit, and report on privileged access to sensitive data across the entire enterprise infrastructure while reducing complexity and keeping administrative users productive. Ultimately, Cloud PAM allows for consistent security policies in hybrid- and multi-cloud environments.
Challenge
Cloud computing and DevOps practices have been part of enterprise IT strategies for more than a decade. However, for various reasons, many organizations still struggle with securing access to their cloud infrastructures (IaaS/PaaS) and CI/CD pipelines. Yet, recent events have proven that the risks associated with the compromise of privileged identities and credentials cannot be taken lightly.
Solution
Cloud PAM enables enterprises to avoid risky and expensive identity sprawl when migrating workloads to hybrid- or even multi-cloud environments. Furthermore, enterprises can secure admin access to the tools and applications that DevOps teams use, enabling elastic application configuration via secrets, and authenticating applications and services with high confidence and in an automated fashion.
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Challenge
The government’s aging IT infrastructure is becoming increasingly obsolete, costly, and vulnerable. Thus, government agencies are seeking to modernize their IT and strengthen cybersecurity. However, many agencies are struggling with the increased complexity that emerging technologies like cloud and DevOps environments are creating — especially when it comes to mitigating admin access risk.
Solution
Cloud PAM protects cloud infrastructures (IaaS/PaaS) and CI/CD pipelines from administrative access-related risks by maintaining continuous visibility into privileged identities, their entitlements, and usage. Ultimately, Cloud PAM enforces least privilege access at scale across hybrid and even multi-cloud environments.
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