Identity and Access Management

Identity and Access Management

Organizations are adopting cloud and container services at scale in order to accelerate innovation. In this new era, Identify Access Management (IAM) becomes core to their ability to make cloud and container services secure and compliant. This has led to the rise of the saying “identity is the new perimeter.” 

The challenge is that IAM is extremely complicated, and governing within the self-service context of cloud can be time-consuming. In these environments, everything has an identity: users, applications, services, and systems. This provides enormous flexibility, but also creates the opportunity for substantial risk, as every service is potentially reachable by every other service, regardless of location, but only if an implicit trust is defined.

Developers and other IT professionals are sometimes overwhelmed by the cloud IAM options available as they face competing goals: securing the environment while accomplishing their jobs with efficiency and speed. Further complicating this is the fact that the initial controls they implement will likely need to grow and adapt without disrupting productivity as cloud use scales and changes. 

InsightCloudSec by Rapid7 helps govern cloud IAM and creates a rational and sustainable approach for addressing perimeter fluidity and the substantial challenges of governing cloud environments at scale. 

Protecting the identity perimeter at scale requires automated monitoring and remediation around access management, role management, identity authentication, and compliance auditing. InsightCloudSec by Rapid7 helps you build a circle of trusted identities and layers of trust. 

For example, we help automate a number of elements of IAM governance including:

  • Strong authentication: enforce MFA policies on cloud user accounts
  • Least privileged access: provide checks to restrict identities to do no more than they are supposed to
  • Secure service accounts: manage service accounts and service account keys securely 
  • Auditing: enforcing best practices for the use of audit logs and cloud logging roles 
  • Policy management: ensure that you’ve implemented and managed your identity-based policies, resource-based policies, permission boundaries, service control policies, access control lists, and session policies appropriately