Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Manage (CIEM) solutions automate the process of managing user entitlements and privileges in cloud environments. This makes them an integral part of an organization’s identity and access management and cloud security posture management (CSPM) infrastructure. With CIEM, organizations can more effectively address the challenges of implementing consistent access controls and zero trust policies across multi-cloud deployments.
Over the past few years, cloud usage has exploded. Companies are moving their data and applications to cloud-based infrastructure, and, in most cases, are deploying these resources across multiple cloud platforms.
As cloud deployments grow and become more complex, the number of entitlements required to implement access control across these platforms grows as well. The principle of least privilege states that users, applications, and systems should have the minimum set of permissions necessary to do their jobs. The least privilege is a central tenet of the zero trust security model and is essential for minimizing the attack surface of the corporate cloud and an attacker’s ability to move laterally and achieve their objectives within an organization’s cloud-based infrastructure.
Implementing least privilege means right-sizing entitlements of all identities, resources and services, across all cloud platforms. Manually managing these entitlements across multiple cloud infrastructures and thousands of permissions, actors, and resources is infeasible and unscalable.
Existing tools such as privileged access management (PAM) and identity governance administration (IGA) solutions do not have the granularity required to secure access at the resource level. The native tools offered by cloud service providers are helpful, but they are not mature, granular, or effective at scale and do not offer support across multiple providers’ platforms.
A CIEM solution makes it simpler for organizations to implement the least privilege in their entitlements across multiple cloud platforms. Some of the major benefits that a CIEM provides include:
The right CIEM solution makes cloud entitlement management easy and intuitive. Some vital features include:
Entitlement Logging and Reporting: Access logs are essential for regulatory compliance and incident response. A CIEM should generate comprehensive, consistent logs and templated reports for regulatory reporting.