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Just in Time Access to Active Directory

Just in Time Access to

Active Directory

Enhance Operational Security with just in time access to Active Directory. JIT reduces risk, improves audit efficiency, and streamlines IT roles management.

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Temporary access that is revoked when no longer needed

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Faster access for employees and contractors

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Audit logs and access reviews

What is Just in Time Access?

Just-In-Time (JIT) access refers to a model of granting access rights or permissions to a user only when they are specifically required and for the minimum period of time necessary. This can greatly reduce the risk of unauthorized or unnecessary access to critical systems or data. It is often used in fields such as cybersecurity and cloud computing.

Benefits of Just in Time Access to

Active Directory

1. Enhanced Operational Efficiency: Leveraging Just in Time (JIT) access and privilege escalation works to remove standing privileges, meaning users are granted rights on an as-needed basis. This streamlined approach results in less administrative overhead, more efficient workflows, and ultimately enhances operational efficiency in managing Active Directory.

2. Mitigation of Insider Threats: Just in Time (JIT) access control can significantly reduce potential security risks from insider threats, by ensuring that privileged access is granted only for a specific time period and only when necessary, reducing the opportunity for misuse or exploitation of elevated privileges.

3. Reduction of Human Error Impact: The ad hoc nature of JIT privilege escalation means that any human error, such as accidental changes or deletions in Active Directory, is likely to have less impact. This minimizes the potential of such errors contributing to system downtime or jeopardizing security.

4. Facilitated Audit and Compliance Process: Implementing JIT privilege escalation helps in creating detailed activity logs, which are essential in performing IT audits. This approach of isolating and monitoring privileged access can significantly simplify the auditing process for compliance purposes, ensuring that all permissions changes are authorized and traceable.

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Use Cases for Just in Time Access to

Active Directory

1. IT Administration: In case an IT administrator needs to perform high-level tasks such as managing servers or configuring settings, just-in-time access ensures that they have permissions only for a limited period of time, reducing the risk of inadvertent or malicious changes.

2. Incident Response: If a security incident arises that requires immediate action from a specialized team or individual, just-in-time Active Directory access can facilitate them with necessary permissions without having to permanently escalate their user rights.

3. Third-party Access: For situations where a contractor or third-party support needs temporary access to perform specific tasks (like system checks or software installation), just-in-time access can provide temporary necessary permissions without endangering the integrity of the system.

How to Implement Just in Time Access to

Active Directory

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1. Planning.

  • Assessment
    Start by identifying who needs access, the resources they require and the reason for access. Review existing access privileges to see if they can be reduced or removed. You may consider using an entitlement discovery tool for a more comprehensive view.
  • Policy creation
    Outline clear policies for authorizing and rescinding access. Establish guidelines on who can request access, under what circumstances, and for how long. For key roles, enforce time-bound parameters.
  • Source of truth
    Sync your JIT access system with an Identity Provider (e.g., Azure Active Directory). This will serve as the reliable source for user identities. De/escalation of individual identities instead of shared accounts offers improved control of authorization and audit accuracy.

2. Execution.

  • Self-service requests for access
    Simplify the process by enabling users to request access directly through the system. To encourage user adoption, integrate with IM platforms like Slack or MS Teams. Requests should explicitly state who is asking, the necessary service/resource/role, duration, and the reason.
  • Approval process
    JIT access allows businesses to delegate approvals to staff with a deep understanding of business needs. Resource owners and business unit managers are often better informed than IT helpdesks. Use messaging platforms for quick responses, equipping approvers with all required information for an informed decision.
  • Conditional approval workflows
    Incorporate your policies into workflows that decide access permissions. These can be integrated into workflows that determine who can access what, and under which conditions. This can be done effectively with if-then conditions: IF identity group 'X' requests access to 'Y', ask for approval from 'Z' and inform ’M'.
  • Integrations
    Enhance flexibility by integrating JITA with other IT and security systems. Link with IT ticketing systems for automated access derived from ticket status. Join with data classification systems to adjust policies based on data sensitivity. Working with on-call scheduling software can enable automatic approvals in emergency situations. Training systems can control access based on training completion.
  • Automated provisioning and deprovisioning
    Understand Active Directory thoroughly for fine-grain control over access permissions. By reducing dependency on human intervention, you enable automatic deprovisioning of access, a hallmark of JIT access and the principle of least privilege access (POLP).

3. Maintenance.

  • Regular audits
    Carry out routine checks of access log to ensure the smooth functioning of the JIT access system. Investigate unusual patterns or behaviors either directly or by compiling logs into your SIEM. Automating the user access review can expedite evidence gathering, assign reviewers, and ensure your system is compliant with applicable industry standards.
  • User education
    Educate users, especially privileged ones, about the importance of least privilege and JIT Access. Ensure they know how to request access.
  • Feedback loop
    Regularly review JIT access procedures. Solicit feedback from users and IT staff to identify potential improvements.

Accomplishing this allows you to effectively implement Just-In-Time Access for Active Directory.

Temporary JIT Access to

Active Directory

with Entitle

Entitle provides self-serve access requests, flexible policy workflows, and automated provisioning, to restrict unneeded access across cloud infra and SaaS.

Entitle has a native integration with

Active Directory

Entitle has an IdP integration with

Active Directory

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Manage temporary access to

Active Directory

with Entitle

  • Instant visibility into all resources, roles, and entitlements in Active Directory to provide thorough understanding of security terrain.
  • Ability to control fine-grained permissions in Active Directory, demonstrating deep tech stack knowledge for optimal security management.
  • Use of Bundles enables packing of various resources from Active Directory and different applications into a single access request for ease of use.
  • Rapid installation and deployment within days ensures minimal disruption to your business operations.
  • Out of the box native integrations with over 100 cloud services and applications for seamless ability to scale and adapt.
  • Devised from a nimble API-first perspective, enabling smooth integration with on-call schedules, ticketing systems, HRIS, and more to accelerate access.

"I like Entitle because it’s one of those tools I can set up and forget about. I never have to go into it and it just works."

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CISO and Global Head of IT,
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Active Directory

What is

Active Directory

Active Directory (AD) is a Microsoft technology used to manage computers and other devices on a network. It is a directory service that stores information about objects on the network and makes this information available to users and network administrators. It includes features like user authentication, group policy implementation, and information storage, making it a critical component for network management.

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What is Entitle?

Entitle is how cloud-forward companies provide employees with temporary, granular and just-in-time access within their cloud infrastructure and SaaS applications. Entitle easily integrates with your stack, offering self-serve access requests, instant visibility into your cloud entitlements and making user access reviews a breeze.

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