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Just in Time Access to AWS

Just in Time Access to

AWS

Leverage just in time access to AWS for enhanced cloud security, reduced risk, and streamlined operations in your AWS environment.

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Time-bound admin role escalations

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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 for access reviews

What is Just in Time Access?

Just-In-Time (JIT) access refers to a security feature where access rights are given to users only when needed and for a specific amount of time. This method minimizes the exposure of the system to potential attackers by limiting unnecessary standing access privileges. It's commonly used in cloud computing and IT infrastructures to enhance data security.

Benefits of Just in Time Access to

AWS

1. Enhanced Least Privilege Access: Just in Time (JIT) access ensures that AWS users are granted minimal permissions required to perform their tasks. This helps in closely aligning with the principle of least privilege, reducing the risk of unauthorized data exposure by limiting access rights to the absolute necessary for job function.

2. Reduced Insider Threats and Human Errors: By removing permanent, unmonitored permissions and providing temporary necessary privileges, the likelihood of AWS users unintentionally misusing, misconfiguring, or otherwise causing harm to critical resources is decreased. JIT privilege escalation model ensures that elevated permissions are granted only when absolutely required, reducing the chance of accidental data breaches.

3. Improved Operational Efficiency: JIT approach eliminates the time-consuming process of manually granting, changing, or revoking permissions, which results in a more efficient operations environment. By automating access control in AWS, JIT allows administrators to focus on high-priority tasks, which in turn, drives operational efficiency.

4. Simplified Compliance Auditing: JIT access and privilege escalation automatically captures who accessed what AWS resource and when, which significantly simplifies the process of auditing for compliance purposes. The audit trail provided by this model offers detailed insight into access control, aiding in adherence to various compliance standards such as GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI DSS.

Use Cases for Just in Time Access to

AWS

1. Emergency Response: In an emergency or unexpected failure scenario, just in time access can be used to grant immediate access to key resources, so that a team can quickly troubleshoot and rectify the issue.

2. Temporary Projects: JIT access can be used to provide temporary access to AWS resources during short-term projects or collaborations, ensuring that access is only granted for the exact period it is required, reducing the risk of unauthorized access.

3. Third-party Access: Companies often need to grant access to third-party contractors or auditors. Rather than grant permanent access, just in time access allows for a particular period of access, minimizing long-term security risks.

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How to Implement Just in Time Access to

AWS

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1. Preparation.

  • Assessment
    Start by identifying who needs AWS access, the resources they require, and the reasoning behind it. Document existing permissions and see if they can be minimized or removed. To have better visibility, consider using an entitlement discovery tool.
  • Policy design
    Create clear policies for granting and revoking AWS access. Clearly state who can request access, the conditions required, and the time limit they can hold it. Especially for privileged roles, set time-bound rules.
  • Identity Provider
    Sync your JIT access system with an Identity Provider (e.g., Okta, Google Workspace, Azure AD, OneLogin) to serve as the final reference for identities. Prioritizing individual identities over shared accounts can offer superior authorization control and budgeting accuracy.

2. Implementation.

  • Self-serve access requests
    Streamline the process by letting users request access through the system rather than through a person. Increase adoption rates by integrating with IM platforms like Slack or MS Teams. Ensure detailed requests specifying the requester, necessary service/resource/role, time limit, and reasoning behind the request.
  • Approval process
    Outsourcing approvals to people with business understanding presents a perfect chance for organizations. Resource owners and department managers typically have more context than IT helpdesks. Leverage messaging platforms for fast responses, providing approvers with all the necessary data for an informed decision.
  • Conditional approval workflows
    Create workflows implementing your predefined policies that dictate access permissions. Place them in workflows specifying who can access what, and under which conditions. Assigning if-then conditions to workflows facilitates this process.
  • Integrations
    Integrate JITA with other IT and security systems for added flexibility; For instance, connect with IT ticketing systems for automated access based on ticket status. Link with data classification systems to adjust policies based on data sensitivity. Ideally, you should tag resources and bundle them together for more manageable and streamlined access control.
  • Automated provisioning and depovisioning
    Familiarize yourself thoroughly with AWS to efficiently grant and revoke access automatically within the service. This is crucial for JIT Access as it reduces dependency on personnel availability. It allows for automated deprovisioning of access which is an integral aspect of JIT access and the principle of least privilege access (POLP). Ideally, all permissions should be managed in one place, eliminating the need to create or manage an environment for every application in your organization.
  • Access methods
    For AWS JIT Access, APIs are preferred due to their flexibility and real-time capabilities. However, a combination of methods may be required. For instance, using SAML for authentication, SCIM for user provisioning, and APIs for precise access control decisions.

3. Preservation.

  • Regular audits
    Regularly check access logs to make sure that JIT access is functioning as anticipated. Look for any unusual patterns or behaviors either directly or through your SIEM. Automate the user access review process to speed up evidence compilation, delegate reviewers, and ensure your system complies with relevant industry standards and regulations.
  • User training
    Teach users, particularly those with privileges, about the principle of least privilege, JIT Access, and its functionality. Ensure users know how to request access when necessary.
  • Feedback loop
    Maintain a consistent review of your JIT access policies. Encourage feedback from users and IT staff to identify areas for improvement.

By adhering to this systematic approach, you can effectively implement a robust Just-in-Time Access system for AWS.

Temporary JIT Access to

AWS

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

AWS

Entitle has an IdP integration with

AWS

Native integration
5 minutes set up with pre-built connectors
IdP integration
Add/remove users from groups in an identity provider
JIT access: self-service requests and authorization workflows
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HR-driven birthright policies
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Full audit trails and access reviews
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Fine-grained visibility of permissions
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Fine-grained, ephemeral provisioning of permissions
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Manage temporary access to

AWS

with Entitle

  • Gain instant visibility into all resources, roles, and entitlements within AWS for streamlined access management.
  • Leverage our deep understanding of the modern tech stack for controlling fine-grained permissions within AWS.
  • Consolidate different resources within AWS and across applications into one access request using Bundles.
  • Achieve quicker and easier installation, with the solution being rolled out within just a couple of days.
  • Benefit from native integrations to over 100 widely used cloud services and applications for increased compatibility.
  • Customize your AWS access management with our nimble API-first approach, offering integration with on-call schedules, ticketing systems, HRIS, and more.

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What is

AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon that offers on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, businesses, and governments. It provides a mix of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings. AWS features a comprehensive suite of cloud services, including computing power, storage options, networking and databases, delivered as a utility: on-demand, available in seconds, with pay-as-you-go pricing.

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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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