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Just in Time Access to Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Just in Time Access to

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Gain enhanced security with just in time access to Google Cloud Platform, providing minimized data exposure and improved operational efficiency.

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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 access, or Just-In-Time access, is a security feature that only grants access privileges for a service when they are specifically needed, and for a limited amount of time. This reduces the risk of unauthorized access and potential for damage if credentials are compromised. This method of access control is commonly used in IT departments for critical systems.

Benefits of Just in Time Access to GCP

Benefits of Just in Time Access to

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

1. Ensured Least Privilege Access: With just-in-time access and privilege escalation in the Google Cloud Platform, you can ensure the principle of least privilege (PoLP) is adhered to. This system provides users with the minimum levels of access needed to perform their tasks, reducing the risk of unauthorized system access or data oversharing.

2. Minimized Insider Threats and Human Errors: The use of just-in-time permissions reduces the potential for damaging insider threats and minimises the risk of human errors. By granting the user only necessary permissions for a limited period, the possibility of unintentional data leak or misuse of authorization, caused by worker mistakes or oversights, significantly diminishes.

3. Boosted Operational Efficiency: Just-in-time model for resource access in the Google Cloud Platform increases operational efficiency by automating the permission assignment process. Auto-scaling and automated updates help in reducing manual work, thereby minimizing the administrative overhead of permission management.

4. Simplified Compliance Auditing: A just-in-time model facilitates simplification of regulatory compliance auditing as the permissions granted are clear, concise and traceable. This offers an accurate and real-time understanding of who has access to what resources in Google Cloud Platform, making it easier to track and report for regulatory compliance.

Use Cases for Just in Time Access to GCP

Use Cases for Just in Time Access to

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

1. Temporary Access for External Developers: Just in time access can be used to provide temporary and limited access to external developers working on a specific project. This ensures they only have the necessary permissions during their tenure.

2. Emergency Access for Support Teams: In case of a system outage or other emergency scenarios, support teams might need access to resources they don't usually access. Just in time access allows for this temporary elevated access to troubleshoot and repair issues.

3. Handling Sensitive Data: If a specific job requires handling sensitive data in a GCP service, just in time access can be used to grant access exclusively for the time required to handle the data, reducing the risk of unauthorized data exposure.

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How to Implement Just in Time Access to GCP

How to Implement Just in Time Access to

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

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1. Planning.

  • Assessment
    Start by determining who needs access, the resources they require, and the reason. Evaluate and document existing access entitlements and see if they can be minimized or removed. You might want to use an entitlement discovery tool for better visibility.
  • Policy creation
    Create clear policies for both granting and revoking access. Set guidelines for who can request access, under what circumstances, and for how long. For privileged roles, it's a good idea to establish time-limited parameters.
  • Source of truth
    Synchronize your JIT access system with an Identity Provider (e.g., Okta, Google Workspace, Microsoft AD, OneLogin). This will work as the ultimate source for identities. Preferring individual identities over shared accounts helps achieve better control of authorization and enhances the accuracy of audits.

2. Execution.

  • Self-service access requests
    Streamline the process by allowing users to request access via the system rather than through people. Increase adoption rates by integrating with IM platforms like Slack or MS Teams. Ensure requests detail who is asking, the service/resource/role required, duration, and reason.
  • Approval process
    JIT access can allow for a more decentralized approval system, delegating permissions to resource owners or business unit managers who may have a better understanding of requirements than IT helpdesks. Use messaging platforms for rapid communication, providing approvers with all necessary information to make a well-informed decision.
  • Conditional approval workflows
    Embed your established policies into workflows which will dictate access permissions. They should describe who can have access to what, and under what conditions. One efficient way to achieve this is by assigning if-then conditions. IF identity group “X” requests access to “Y”, then request approval from “Z” and notify “M”.
  • Integrations
    Integrate JITA with other IT and security procedures for more flexibility; consider connecting with IT ticketing systems to automate access based on ticket status or with data classification systems to adjust policies according to data sensitivity. You should also have the capability to categorize resources and group them together for better efficiency. Collaborate with on-call schedule software for automated approvals in emergency situations. Utilize training systems to grant access based on specific training completion.
  • Automated provisioning and deprovisioning
    Gain a sound understanding of Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) to effectively grant and revoke access automatically at a granular level within the service. This is crucial for JIT Access because it cuts the reliance on human intervention. It allows for automated deprovisioning of access, which is a main principle of JIT access and the principle of least privilege access (POLP). Ideally, all permissions should be managed in one place, removing the need to build or manage an environment for every application in your organization.
  • Access methods
    APIs are the preferred method for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) JIT Access because of their flexibility and real-time capabilities. However, you may need a combination of methods. For example, using SAML for authentication, SCIM for user provisioning, and APIs for specific access control decisions.

3. Maintenance.

  • Regular audits
    Regularly review access logs to ensure JIT access is functioning as expected. Look out for any unusual patterns or behaviors either directly or by analyzing the logs in your SIEM. Automate the user access review process to speed up evidence gathering, delegate reviewers, and ensure your system meets relevant industry regulations or standards.
  • User training
    Regularly educate users, particularly those with privileged access, about the importance of least privilege, JIT access and its workings. Ensure that users understand how to request access when they need it.
  • Feedback loop
    Consistently review your JIT access system. Gather feedback from users and IT staff to identify potential improvements.

Following this structured guideline will enable you to effectively implement a robust Just-in-Time Access system for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

Temporary JIT Access to GCP with Entitle

Temporary JIT Access to

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

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 GCP

Entitle has a native integration with

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Entitle has an IdP integration with

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Native integration
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IdP integration
Add/remove users from groups in an identity provider
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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 GCP with Entitle

Manage temporary access to

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

with Entitle

  • Gain real-time visibility into Google Cloud Platform resources, roles, and entitlements with our solution for comprehensive cloud resource management.
  • Easily manage and control fine-grained permissions vital to Google Cloud Platform, making use of our expertise and deep understanding of modern tech stacks.
  • Streamline the management of diverse resources with Bundles, combining resources from Google Cloud Platform and various applications into one access request.
  • Experience a smooth and quick setup process, getting Entitle up and running within days.
  • Benefit from our API-first strategy that enables seamless integration with over 100 of the most popular cloud services and applications.
  • Simplify access provisioning and governance by leveraging automation, thereby facilitating regulatory user access reviews.

Entitle can manage the following resource types in GCP:

"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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What is

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing services provided by Google that includes data storage, data analytics, and machine learning tools. It allows developers to build, deploy, and scale applications, websites, and services on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally. Users can quickly access and manage resources and applications, pay only for what they use, and scale easily as their needs grow.

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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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