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Just in Time Access to AWS EC2

Just in Time Access to


Enhance security and streamline operations with just in time access to AWS EC2. Gain precise control over instance accessibility, reduce risks, and optimize resource utilization.

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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 access is a security model that only provides access permissions as needed for a certain period of time. The approach decreases the probability of unauthorized access or compromised credentials because access to sensitive resources is limited and only available for a short duration. It can be applied to privileged account management, network access control, systems or application access, and more.

Benefits of Just in Time Access to


1. Enhanced Security: Using just in time access and privilege escalation drastically reduces the risks related to least privilege admin access. It mitigates security threats by providing minimum necessary access and elevates privileges only when absolutely required, thereby minimizing the attack surface for potential insider threats.

2. Reduced Insider Threats and Human Errors: These measures virtually eliminate accidental data and system breaches caused by human mistakes or malicious insiders. By granting short-term access only when necessary, the chances of unauthorized or inappropriate access to sensitive resources on AWS EC2 are highly reduced.

3. Improved Operational Efficiency: Utilizing JIT access and privilege escalation in handling permissions can enhance operational efficiency within AWS EC2. It cuts down unnecessary user access and permissions, keeping the system uncluttered, and improves the system's performance by saving resources, time, and reducing downtime.

4. Simplified Compliance Auditing: Incorporating just in time access and privilege escalation simplifies the process of auditing for compliance. With it, there is a trackable, easily understandable record of who accessed the system, when, and why, which aids in meeting industry standards and regulatory requirements for managing EC2 instances in AWS.

Use Cases for Just in Time Access to


1. Patch Management & Updates: Companies can use just in time access to AWS EC2 to periodically update and patch their applications and systems. This ensures that their software remains up to date, secure, and functioning optimally without having to maintain constant, costly access.

2. Temporary Data Analysis Tasks: In data-heavy industries, AWS EC2 can be used for on-demand, just in time access when there is a need to conduct big data analytics tasks. Using EC2 instances, the company can scale up computing resources only when they need to analyze large data sets and then terminate these instances once the task is completed.

3. Application Testing & Development: Development teams can utilize just in time access to EC2 for instances whenever they need to develop, test, or deploy new applications. This flexibility allows businesses to save on costs as they don't have to pay for continuous instances but only for the time they are actually using the EC2 instances.

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How to Implement Just in Time Access to


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Just-in-Time (JIT) access in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) enables businesses to control user permissions and access dynamically. With JIT, it is possible to grant temporary access based on an individual's needs at a specific time. Below we lay out a guide providing steps on how to implement JIT in AWS EC2.

1. Planning

  • Assessment
    Start by specifying which users need permission to AWS EC2, their required resources, and the reason behind this access. Make an inventory of the current access rights, scrutinizing them for potential reduction or removal. Leveraging entitlement review tools can prove beneficial.
  • Policy Formulation|
    Build well-defined policies for administering and revoking access rights. The policies should define eligibility factors, conditions, and duration for access requests. Special attention must be given to privileged roles, ensuring time-constrained parameters.
  • Source of Authority
    Your JIT access system should be linked with an Identity Provider (IdP) such as Okta, Google Workspace, Azure AD, or OneLogin for AWS EC2. This link ensures individual identities over shared accounts, resulting in better control over authorizations and more accurate audits.

2. Execution

  • Self-Service Access Requests
    Enable users to initiate access requests autonomously. The system could be integrated with instant messaging platforms like Slack or MS Teams. Each request should include information about who is requesting, the services/resources/roles needed, duration, and the purpose of access.

  • Approval Process
    Empower individuals with relevant business understanding, like resource owners and business leaders, to authorize requests using communication platforms for quick and informed decisions.

  • Conditional Approval Workflows
    Incorporate organizational policies into your workflows to democratize access permissions based on predetermined conditions.

  • Integrations
    Integrate the JIT system with other IT and security systems, like automated access granting through ticketing systems and emergency approval workflows via scheduling software.
  • Automated Provisioning and Deprovisioning
    Getting the most out of AWS EC2 requires a deep understanding of the platform, allowing for effectuated administration of access rights, reducing dependence on manual processes.

3. Maintenance

  • Regular Audits
    Regularly examine the access logs to verify the effectiveness of the JIT user permissions management in AWS EC2.
  • User Training
    Train all users, especially those with privileged access, about least privilege principles, JIT access control, and the process for requesting access.
  • Feedback Loop
    Continually evaluate and enhance your JIT access processes, collect feedback from users and IT personnel to recognize and implement improvements.

Following these steps will assist businesses in setting up a vigorous Just-in-Time Access system for AWS EC2, improving security, reducing risk, and enhancing operational productivity over time by allowing quick access to resources when needed.

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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


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Full audit trails and access reviews
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Fine-grained visibility of permissions
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Manage temporary access to


with Entitle

  • Instant visibility into all AWS EC2 resources, roles, and entitlements is guaranteed.
  • Provisioning temporary and granular permissions within AWS EC2 is simplified.
  • Bundling different resources within AWS EC2 and across various applications into a single access request is possible.
  • Our solution is quickly installed and ready for rollout within days, supplemented with pre-existing integrations to over 100 most widely used apps and services.
  • A high degree of customization is facilitated due to our API-first approach, allowing for easy integrations with on-call schedules, ticketing systems, HRIS, and more.
  • Effortless automation of governance is achievable as provisioning tasks are handled, streamlining regulatory user access reviews.

"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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Mike Morrato
CISO and Global Head of IT,
Noname Security


What is


AWS EC2, or Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud, is a part of Amazon's cloud platform, providing scalable computing capacity in the cloud. This service allows users to run applications on Amazon's computing environment. EC2 allows developers to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, choose among multiple instance types, and pay only for the capacity that they actually use.

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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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