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Just in Time Access to Azure

Just in Time Access to

Azure

Unlock enhanced cloud security with Just In Time access to Azure. This robust feature reduces exposure to cyber threats and streamlines operations.

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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?

JIT (Just-In-Time) access refers to the process of granting digital permissions or credentials to a user exactly at the moment they need it for their work or tasks. This is usually implemented as a cybersecurity practice, minimizing the chances of unauthorized access or security breaches by reducing the amount of time that systems hold sensitive access. Additionally, upon the completion of the work, the access is then revoked, also reducing idle access which could lead to potential security risks.

Benefits of Just in Time Access to

Azure

1. Enhanced Least Privilege Access Just in time access helps in maintaining the principle of least privilege access by granting access rights to users only when they need it, and for a set duration. This significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access or information misuse as users only have minimum permissions required to perform their duties.

2. Reduced Insider Threats and Human Errors Just in time privilege escalation reduces insider threats by restricting the window of opportunity for malicious insiders to perform harmful activities. By narrowing the scope of access and limiting permissions only to the time they're needed, potential human errors can also be mitigated.

3. Improved Operational Efficiency Just in time access in Azure can improve operational efficiency by automating the process of granting and revoking access permissions. This also leads to optimized resource utilization as only required services are allowed access, reducing wasteful allocation of resources.

4. Simplified Compliance Auditing The use of just in time the privilege escalation facilitates easier compliance auditing through Azure's Activity Log and Azure Monitor, which record all Just in Time VM access requests. This helps organizations to maintain an audit trail, making it easier to demonstrate compliance with various industry regulations.

Use Cases for Just in Time Access to

Azure

1. Security Enhancements: Just in time access can be used to minimize the exposure of resources to potential malicious attacks by providing access to resources for a limited amount of time only when required.

2. Cost Efficiency: Companies can use just in time access to eliminate the need for keeping resources or applications available all the time, thus saving on operational costs.

3. Compliance: In regulated industries, just in time access can help maintain compliance by providing an audit trail of when and who had access to specific resources.

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How to Implement Just in Time Access to

Azure

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1. Planning.

  • Assessment
    Commence by identifying required users, the resources they'll utilize, and the motivation behind it. Document the existing access permissions and evaluate if they can be reduced or done away with altogether. Utilize an entitlement discovery tool for improved visibility.
  • Policy formulation
    Develop concise policies for both providing and withdrawing access. Incorporate guidelines about who's eligible to request access, the circumstances under which they can, and the duration. Particularly for privileged roles, implement time-bound stipulations.
  • Source of Truth
    Synergize your JIT access mechanism with an Identity Provider (e.g., Okta, Google Workspace, Azure AD, OneLogin). This will serve as a definitive source for identities. Amplify authorization control and audit exactness by escalating/descaling individual identities over shared accounts.

2. Execution.

  • Access requests
    Simplify the procedure by allowing users to request access via the system rather than human intermediation. Boost adaptation rates by incorporating IM platforms such as Slack or MS Teams. Ensure clarity in requests detailing requester information, required service/resource/role, duration, and cause.
  • Approval method
    JIT access provides organizations the chance to delegate approvals to personnel with business context. Oftentimes, resource owners and business unit managers comprehend the context better than IT support teams do. Use communication platforms for speedy approvals, providing the approver with necessary information for an informed decision.
  • Conditional approval workflows
    Incorporate your predetermined policies into workflows that regulate access permissions. Assign these rules to workflows dictating who can access what and under which conditions. Conditioning access, like “group X requesting access to Y necessitates approval from Z and notification to M” is effective.
  • Integrations
    Consider combining JIT Access with other IT & security systems for enhanced flexibility; For example, integrating with ticketing systems for automated granting of access, aligning with data classification systems for customizing policies subject to data sensitivity. Ensuring the ability to tag & bundle resources can simplify the process. Complementing with on-call schedule software can automate approvals during emergencies. Introduce training systems to grant access upon training completion.
  • Automated provisioning and deprovisioning
    To efficiently grant and withdraw access automatically within the service, a comprehensive understanding of Azure AKS is crucial. This is imperative for JIT Access as it reduces reliance on people. It allows automatic deprovisioning of access, which aligns with the principle of least privilege access (POLP). Ideally, a centralized system to manage all permissions should be in place to avoid building or managing an environment for every application.
  • Access methodologies
    For Azure AKS JIT Access, APIs are a preferable choice due to their versatility and real-time capabilities. Yet, a blend of methods might be necessary, such as SAML for authentication, SCIM for user provisioning, and APIs for pinpoint access control decisions.

3. Maintenance.

  • Regular audits
    Conduct periodical access log checks to ensure JIT Access is working as intended. Look for irregularities or unusual behaviors either directly or by feeding the logs into your SIEM. Automate the user access review process to speed up evidence gathering, delegate reviewers, and ensure compliance with relevant industry regulations or standards.
  • User training
    Educate users, especially privileged users, about the significance of least privilege, JIT Access, and its functionality. Ensure users are aware of the access request procedure.
  • Feedback loop
    Maintain a continuous review system of your JIT access procedures. Elicit feedback from users and IT staff for understanding possible improvement areas. Following this structured methodology will enable you to implement a robust Just-in-Time Access system for Azure AKS efficiently.

Temporary JIT Access to

Azure

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

Azure

Entitle has an IdP integration with

Azure

Native integration
5 minutes set up with pre-built connectors
IdP integration
Add/remove users from groups in an identity provider
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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

Azure

with Entitle

  • Instant visibility into all Azure resources, roles and entitlements allows your cloud security team to fully understand and manage what's happening in your Azure environment.
  • Deep understanding of modern tech stacks allows fine-grained permission control within Azure, enhancing security measures.
  • Bundle feature enables grouping of different resources across Azure and other applications into a single access request, simplifying management.
  • Rapid installation and roll out, getting your system up and running in mere days without interrupting your current operations.
  • Comes equipped with native integrations to over 100 widely used cloud services and applications out of the box, providing enhanced compatibility.
  • Highly customizable and integrates with on-call schedules, ticketing systems, HRIS and more, ensuring seamless operations and accelerating access. Provisioning via our system also automates governance, simplifying regulatory user access reviews.

Entitle manages the following resource types in the Azure Cloud Platform:

  • Admin Roles
  • Groups
  • SSO Apps
  • All of Azure’s Subscription Resources, such as:
  • Compute resources - Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Container Instances (ACI), and Azure Functions
  • Networking resources - Virtual Networks, Load Balancers, Application Gateways, Azure DNS, Traffic Manager, ExpressRoute, and VPN Gateway
  • Storage resources - Blob storage, File storage, Queue storage, Table storage, Disk storage, and Archive storage
  • Database resources - Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database Migration Service, and Azure Cache for Redis
  • Web resources - App Service, API Management, Azure SignalR Service, Azure Notification Hubs, and Content Delivery Network
  • Security resources - Azure Security Center, Azure Active Directory, Azure Key Vault, Azure Information Protection, and Azure Firewall
  • Analytics and AI resources - Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Data Factory, Azure DataBricks, Azure HDInsight, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure Cognitive Services
  • Management resources - Azure Monitor, Azure Log Analytics, Azure Automation, Azure Resource Manager, and Azure Advisor

"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

Azure

What is

Azure

Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft. It provides a range of cloud services, including those for computing, analytics, storage and networking. Users can pick and choose from these services to develop and scale new applications or run existing applications in the cloud.

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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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