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Just in Time Access to Rancher

Just in Time Access to


Gain enhanced security and streamlined operations with just in time access to Rancher. Ideal for managing Kubernetes security efficiently.

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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 refers to a security model where the necessary privileges or permissions are provided to users exactly when they are needed. Under this model, user permissions are not always active, instead they are granted temporarily for specific tasks and automatically revoked after a defined period. This model helps in minimizing risks related to identity theft or unauthorized access, as user permissions are limited to specific timeframes and tasks.

Benefits of Just in Time Access to


1. Enhanced Least Privilege Access: Just in time access and privilege escalation limit the permissions to what is needed at a specific moment in Rancher, thereby ensuring least privilege access. This approach reduces the probability of an insider unintentionally gaining high-level permissions, increasing security.

2. Reduced Insider Threats: This 'just in time' methodology greatly reduces the risk of insider threats as Rancher users are only granted the necessary permissions when required, lowering the chances of misuse of privileges. Any unauthorized actions attempted outside of specific task windows can, thus, be readily detected and prevented.  

3. Improved Operational Efficiency: By employing just in time access and privilege escalation, Rancher can manage permissions more efficiently as it eliminates the ‘always-on’ permissions and only grants permissions when needed. This leads to a more streamlined operational process without compromising on the security factors.

4. Easier Auditing for Compliance: With just in time access or privilege escalation, all permission granting procedures can be precisely logged and tracked in Rancher. This makes the auditing process easier and simplifies demonstrating compliance with various regulatory standards, as it provides a clear record of who accessed what and when.

Use Cases for Just in Time Access to


1. Resource Monitoring: Technicians or system administrators can be granted just in time access to Rancher to monitor the performance of a company's Docker environments, allowing them to react quickly to any issues that arise and ensure optimal system performance and reliability.

2. System Updates and Maintenance: Just in time access to Rancher can be granted to developers or administrators to perform system updates, implement new features, or troubleshoot and repair issues, allowing for minimized disruption to the system's operation and improved system stability.

3. On-demand Training or Support: Allowing just in time access to Rancher for training purposes can help new users or IT professionals familiarize themselves with the system's functionality and navigation. This could also extend to the support team who might need access to specific user data to resolve a service ticket.

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How to Implement Just in Time Access to


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1. Planning.

  • Assessment
    Begin by identifying who needs access in Rancher, determining the resources required, and noting the purposes. Document existing access rights and determine if they could be reduced or removed. Make use of an entitlement discovery tool for enhanced see-through.
  • Policy creation
    Generate explicit plans for both the granting and withdrawing of access. The policies should specify who can request access, under what conditions, and for what duration. Particularly for privileged roles, set time-bound parameters.
  • Source of truth
    Synchronize your JIT access system with an Identity Provider (e.g., Okta, Google Workspace, Azure AD, OneLogin). Treat this as the definitive source for identities. Preferring individual identities over shared accounts will allow for better control over authorization and accuracy in auditing.

2. Execution.

  • Self-serve access requests
    Simplify the procedure by letting users request system access rather than asking people. Boost adoption rates by integrating with IM platforms like Slack or MS Teams. Requests should note who's asking, what service/resource/role is needed, how long, and why.
  • Approval process
    JIT access allows organizations to delegate approvals to individuals with business context. Resource holders and business unit directors often offer better insight than IT helpdesks. Utilize messaging platforms for quick responses, offering approvers all the information needed to make an informed decision.
  • Conditional approval workflows
    Weave your predefined plans into workflows that determine access authorizations. They should be placed into workflows that dictate who can access what, and under which circumstances. Assigning if-then conditions is advised.
  • Integrations
    Contemplate integrating JITA with other IT and security systems to maximize flexibility. Connect with IT ticketing systems for automated access based on the ticket status, and link with data classification systems to adjust plans depending on data sensitivity. Tagging resources and bundling them together can streamline this procedure. Work with on-call schedule software for automated approvals in emergencies, and use training systems to grant access upon completion of training.
  • Automated provisioning and depovisioning
    Learn the intricacies of Rancher to fully and automatically grant and revoke access as required within the service. Streamlining this process is vital for JIT Access as it lessens the need to wait for people to free up time. Ensure automatic removal of access, which is fundamental to JIT access and the principle of least privilege access (POLP). All permissions should ideally be managed in one place without having to build or manage an environment for every application in your company.
  • Access methods
    Just like in Amazon EKS, for Rancher JIT Access, APIs are ideal due to their adaptability and real-time features. However, a combination may sometimes be needed, such as SAML for authentication, SCIM for user provisioning, and APIs for precise control over access.

3. Maintenance.

  • Regular audits
    Routinely scrutinize access logs to verify JIT access is working as planned. Keeping an eye out for unusual patterns or behaviors either directly or by routing the logs into your SIEM. Rapidise the process of user access review by automating it to facilitate evidence gathering, delegate reviewers, and assure your system complies with industry regulations or standards.
  • User training
    Teach users, notably privileged users, about the importance of the principle of least privilege, JIT Access, and its operation, ensuring they know how to request access when required.
  • Feedback loop
    Consistently review your JIT access plans. Seek user and IT staff feedback to identify areas needing enhancement.

By following this structured method, you'll efficiently build a robust Just-in-Time Access procedure for Rancher.

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with Entitle

Entitle provides self-serve access requests, flexible policy workflows, and automated provisioning, to restrict unneeded access across cloud infra and SaaS.

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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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Fine-grained, ephemeral provisioning of permissions
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Manage temporary access to


with Entitle

  • Allows instant visibility into all resources, roles, and entitlements within Rancher for better security management.
  • Possesses deep understanding of the modern tech stack to clearly control fine-grained permissions in Rancher.
  • Offers Bundles which combine various resources across Rancher for simplified access requests.
  • Quick installation and rollout over a few days means less downtime and increased productivity.
  • Provides native integration with over 100 widely used cloud services and applications for seamless operations.
  • Fully customizable and integrated with on-call schedules, ticketing systems and other operational tools for fast access, while automated governance ensures regulatory compliance.

"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


Rancher is an open-source software platform that provides a unified way to manage Kubernetes, the leading container orchestration platform. It allows users to deploy, manage and secure Kubernetes at scale on any infrastructure. Rancher also includes tools for cluster management, application deployment, and policy-based governance.

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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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