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Just in Time Access Through Microsoft (formerly Azure AD)

Just in Time Access to

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

Enhance cloud security with just in time access to Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory). Offers controlled access, visibility, and reduces risk.

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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 is a process where system permissions are granted to users as and when they need it. This strategy reduces risk by eliminating standing privileges and operates under the 'least privilege necessary' principle. Rather than granting constant accessibility, JIT enables privileges for a specific time frame when the access is required.

Benefits of Just in Time Access Through Entra ID

Benefits of Just in Time Access to

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

1. Enhanced Least Privilege Access Control: Just in Time access in Entra ID enables a more granular approach to access controls, granting temporary permissions to users only when needed. This enhances the security posture by reducing the attack surface, limiting the potential impact of compromised credentials.

2. Reduction of Insider Threats and Human Errors: Using Just in Time privilege escalation in Entra ID significantly reduces the risk of insider threats and human error-based security breaches. By only granting elevated privileges on an as-needed basis, abuse of privileges and inadvertent errors can be substantially minimized, enhancing overall security.

3. Improved Operational Efficiency: Just in Time access eliminates the need to manage long-term permission assignments, enabling automation, reducing administrative overhead, and streamlining operations. The dynamic nature of these controls allows for quick response to changes and needs, improving operational efficiency.

4. Streamlined Compliance Auditing: With Just in Time access and privilege escalation, security logs capture precise information about who had what level of access, at which time, and for what purpose. This data aids in compliance auditing and makes the process more efficient, as it provides clear visibility about permissions assignment and utilization within Entra ID.

Use Cases for Just in Time Access Through Entra ID

Use Cases for Just in Time Access to

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

1. Accessing Sensitive Data: Entra ID (formerly Azure AD) just in time access could be used when an employee needs on-demand access to sensitive data within the company's system, like financial records or confidential project files, ensuring that they only have access during the necessary timeframe.  

2. Role-based Access Control: In a situation where certain roles (e.g., system administrator, network engineer, etc.) require intermittent access to specific resources or services, Entra ID JIT can grant temporary access to these roles while minimizing the risk of unauthorized access or privilege escalation.

3. Contractor or Temporary Employee Access: If a company hires contractors or temporary employees who need access to certain systems or data, Entra ID just in time access could be used to provide them with the necessary access for a limited period of time, reducing the need for ongoing account management and increasing security.

4. Dynamic Cloud Infrastructure Access Management: Allocating users to Entra ID groups set up for JIT access, providing them with time-bound access to cloud resources (such as Azure VM), thus ensuring secure and effectively managed resource utilization appropriate to their ongoing project requirements.

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How to implement Just in Time Access Through Entra ID?

How to Implement Just in Time Access to

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

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1. Planning.

  • Assessment
    Start by determining who needs access, the resources they require, and their purpose for needing access. Evaluate the current access rights and consider if they can be reduced or removed. Utilize an entitlement discovery application to gain a comprehensive view.
  • Policy creation
    Establish clear policies for both granting and revoking access rights. Detail specifies about who can request for access, the circumstances, and how long they will have access. For high-level positions, set time-limited parameters.
  • Source of truth
    Synchronize your JIT access system with an Identity Provider such as Okta, Google Workspace, OneLogin, or Entra ID. This serves as the definitive source for identities. Choosing individual identities over shared accounts promotes accurate authorization control and auditing.

2. Execution.

  • Self-serve access requests
    Streamline the process by having users request access directly through the system rather than from individuals. Promote adoption rates by integrating with IM platforms like Slack or MS Teams. Make sure requests include who is requesting, the required services/resources/roles, duration, and the reasoning.
  • Approval process
    JIT access offers organizations the ability to delegate approvals to individuals with business context. Resource owners and business unit managers often have superior context than IT helpdesks. Messaging platforms could provide resource for fast responses, giving approvers necessary information for a well-informed choice.
  • Conditional approval workflows
    Incorporate your set policies into workflows that govern access rights. Introduce them into workflows that manage who can access what, and under what circumstances. Using if-then conditions is one efficient way to accomplish this.
  • Integration
    Consider integrating JIT Access with other IT and security systems for greater flexibility. Link it with IT ticketing systems for automated access based on ticket status, or with data classification systems to modify policies based on data sensitivity. Collaborate with on-call schedule software for automated approvals during emergencies, and training systems to allow access once training is completed.
  • Automated provisioning and Deprovisioning
    To efficiently grant and revoke access automatically within the service, a deep grasp of Entra ID is crucial. This is essential for JIT Access as it minimizes reliance on individuals to provide access. Automated deprovisioning of access is fundamental to JIT access and the principle of least privilege access (POLP).
  • Access methods
    For Entra ID JIT Access, APIs are preferable for their flexibility and real-time capabilities. However, a mix might be required. For instance, utilizing SAML for authentication, SCIM for user provisioning, and APIs to make accurate access control decisions.

3. Maintenance.

  • Regular audits
    Frequently scrutinize access logs to confirm that JIT access functions as desired. Look for unusual patterns or behaviors and automate the user access review process to quicken evidence gathering, delegate reviewers, and ensure compliance with relevant industry regulations or standards.
  • User training
    Instruct users, particularly high-level ones, about the importance of least privilege, JIT Access, and how it functions. Make sure users are aware of how to request access when needed.
  • Feedback loop
    Constantly review your JIT access protocols. Collect feedback from users and IT staff to comprehend where improvements can be made.

By implementing this structured approach, you can effectively establish a reliable Just-in-Time Access system for Entra ID.

Temporary JIT Access Through Entra ID With Entitle

Temporary JIT Access to

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

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

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

Entitle has an IdP integration with

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

Native integration
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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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Manage Temporary Access Through Entra ID With Entitle

Manage temporary access to

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

with Entitle

  • Enables instant and comprehensive visibility into all resources, roles, and entitlements within your Entra ID (Azure AD) to strengthen cloud security.
  • Provides control over fine-grained permissions within Entra ID due to deep understanding of modern tech stacks.
  • Conveniently configure access controls for various Entra ID groups.
  • Assign Entra ID groups or individual users as approvers for specific resources.
  • Bundling features allow you to compile resources from Entra ID and across various applications into a single access request for improved access management.
  • Quick and easy installation that takes mere minutes and can be fully deployed in just a few days.
  • Comes fully equipped with native integrations to over 100 widely used cloud services and applications, broadening its functionality and usability.
  • Its API-first approach facilitates smooth integration with on-call schedules, ticketing systems, HRIS, accelerating the access process and automating governance.

"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

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

What is

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)

Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory) is a service offered by Microsoft that provides identity and access management solutions. Primarily used for Microsoft's cloud services like Office 365, it also supports integration with third-party applications. It provides features such as multi-factor authentication, device registration, user and group management, and role-based access control for added security.

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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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