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Just in Time Access to

Microsoft 365 Admin Center

Utilize just in time access to Microsoft 365 Admin Center for enhanced cloud security measures, improving 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 and access reviews

What is Just in Time Access?

Just-In-Time (JIT) access refers to a security protocol that provides temporary, time-bound access to resources only when it is needed. This approach minimizes the risk of unauthorized or inappropriate access by limiting open points of attack. It is often used in cloud computing to enhance security and mitigate insider threats.

Benefits of Just in Time Access to

Microsoft 365 Admin Center

1. Enhanced Least Privilege AccessImplementing just in time access and just in time privilege escalation in Microsoft 365 Admin Center ensures the application of the principle of least privilege. It limits user access rights to the minimum permissions they require to carry out their tasks, thereby mitigating the risk of unauthorized data access or manipulation.

2. Reduced Insider Threats and Human Errors By minimizing the number of administrators who have full-time, unnecessary privileges, just in time access can significantly reduce potential damage from insider threats and human errors. It only grants administrative privileges when required, thereby limiting the exposure and reducing the likelihood of security incidents.

3. Improved Operational Efficiency Having just in time access and privilege escalation in Microsoft 365 Admin Center streamlines administrative processes by allowing administrators to quickly grant or escalate permissions when required and revoke them immediately after the task is completed. This avoids the need for time-consuming manual permission adjustment, thus improving operational efficiency.

4. Easier Auditing for Compliance Just in time access strategy allows easy tracking of access points, permission changes, and individual user activities. This simplified auditing trail helps meet compliance requirements by providing transparent data on who had access to what, when, and why, making it significantly easier to demonstrate due diligence during audits.

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Use Cases for Just in Time Access to

Microsoft 365 Admin Center

1. IT Troubleshooting: An IT professional could use just in time access to troubleshoot and solve issues that Microsoft 365 users might be experiencing, such as login difficulties or software glitches, without having constant admin access.

2. User Management: A company supervisor could use just in time access to quickly add or remove user profiles, adjust user permissions, or reset passwords, ensuring users have the correct access when they need it.

3. Security and Compliance Checks: A cyber security officer or a compliance auditor could use just in time access to perform spot checks on the corporation's Microsoft 365 environment for any potential security risks or compliance issues without having full-time admin privileges.

How to Implement Just in Time Access to

Microsoft 365 Admin Center

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1. Planning.

  • Assessment
    Start by identifying who needs access, what resources they will need, and the reasons why. Review current access rights and see if they can be downsized or even removed. An entitlement discovery tool could be a valuable asset for this process.
  • Policy creation
    Clearly decide on policies for both granting and revoking access. Guidelines should be set out on who can request access, in what situations, and for how long. Particularly for privileged roles, establish time-limited parameters.
  • Source of truth
    Link your JIT access mechanism to an Identity Provider (for instance, Okta, Google Workspace, Azure AD, OneLogin). This will serve as the confirmed source for identities. Opt for de/escalating individual identities rather than shared accounts for a more accurate authorization control and audit.

2. Execution.

  • Self-serve access requirements
    Make it easier for users by allowing them to request access through the system instead of through individuals. Encourage its use by integrating with IM platforms such as Slack or MS Teams. All requests must outline who is asking, the service/resource/role needed, duration, and reason.
  • Approval process
    Delegating approvals to those who are more knowledgeable about the business can be a major benefit of JIT access. Resource owners and business unit managers usually have better understanding than IT helpdesks. Use instant messaging platforms for quick responses, ensuring that all necessary information for an informed decision is supplied to approvers.
  • Conditional approval workflows
  • Instill your set policies into workflows that guide access permissions. Develop them into workflows that decide who has access to what, and under what conditions. A proven method is by implementing if-then conditions. E.g., IF identity group “X” wants access to “Y”, then approval from “Z” must be sought and “M” must be informed.
  • Integrations
    Consider integrating JIT Access with other IT and security systems for increased flexibility; e.g., integrate with IT ticketing systems for automated access derived from ticket status. Connection with data classification systems can adjust policies based on data sensitivity. Ideally, the ability to identify resources and merge them together can simplify this process. Working in tandem with on-call schedule software can automate approvals during emergencies while training systems can grant access based on course completion.
  • Automated provisioning and deprovisioning
    Understand Microsoft 365 Admin Center well to efficiently grant and retract access automatically within the service. Automatic revoking of access is essential for JIT Access, conforming to the principle of least privilege access (POLP). Ideally, all permissions would be managed in a single place, eliminating the need to create or manage an environment for each application in the organization.
  • Access methods
    For Microsoft 365 Admin Center JIT Access, APIs are recommended due to their versatility and real-time capabilities. However, a combination may be necessary, such as employing SAML for authentication, SCIM for user provisioning, and APIs for definitive access control decisions.

3. Maintenance.

  • Regular audits
    Periodically review access logs to confirm that JIT access is functioning correctly. Look for any strange patterns or behaviors, either directly or by inputting the logs into your SIEM. Automating the user access review process can speed up evidence collection, delegate reviewers, and ensure your system is compliant with pertinent industry regulations or standards.
  • User training
    Teach users, particularly privileged ones, about the significance of least privilege, JIT Access, and how it functions. Help users understand how to request access when it's necessary.
  • Feedback loop  
    Regularly review your JIT access procedures. Get feedback from users and IT staff to see where improvements can be made. Following these steps will enable you to efficiently put a robust Just-in-Time Access system in place for Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

Temporary JIT Access to

Microsoft 365 Admin Center

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 365 Admin Center

Entitle has an IdP integration with

Microsoft 365 Admin Center

Native integration
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IdP integration
Add/remove users from groups in an identity provider
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Manage temporary access to

Microsoft 365 Admin Center

with Entitle

  • Instant visibility into resources, roles, and entitlements within Microsoft 365 Admin Center provides comprehensive overviews for better security management.
  • Deep understanding of the modern tech stack enables the control of fine-grained permissions within Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
  • Bundles allows for streamlined access requests by grouping different resources across multiple applications.
  • The solution is installed in minutes and can be fully functional in just a few days, making it a swift tool for access management.
  • Comes equipped with native integrations to over 100 widely used cloud services and applications for maximum compatibility and ease of use.
  • A nimble, API-first approach ensures high customization and smooth integration with varying systems to accelerate access.

"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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Microsoft 365 Admin Center

What is

Microsoft 365 Admin Center

Microsoft 365 Admin Center is not a separate company but a part of Microsoft Corporation. It is a web-based portal where administrators can configure settings and manage Microsoft 365, or Office 365, services. This platform allows admins to manage users, devices, apps and various functions within their organization's Microsoft 365 subscription.

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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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