Last year, Gartner added a new category to its Identity and Access Management Technologies Hype Cycle™: Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management. CIEM is increasingly vital as enterprises continue to prioritize company-wide digital transformation and the public cloud.
According to Gartner: " Cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM) tools help enterprises manage cloud access risks via administration-time controls for the governance of entitlements in hybrid and multicloud IaaS. They use analytics, machine learning (ML) and other methods to detect anomalies in account entitlements, like accumulation of privileges, and dormant and unnecessary permissions. CIEM ideally provides enforcement and remediation of least privilege approaches. ."
CIEM is the best solution for managing access and enforcing the least privilege in the cloud.
Cloud infrastructure, by nature, is complex. Compute spins up and spins down in a matter of minutes, even seconds. Identities can exist briefly or lay dormant for years, and their permissions are never set in stone. The ephemeral nature of the cloud makes it even harder to continuously monitor resources with complete visibility.
Cloud complexity compounds when the business demands accelerated production schedules without forethought into the further cloud data sprawl and potential permissions creep. Stakeholders often want to speed up development that adds identities and resources with innumerable endpoints. Their understanding is that the cloud provides infinite scalability and mistake cloud as the ultimate solution to always keep assets safe. It’s a failure to grasp their end of the shared responsibility model of the public cloud.
Gartner predicts "By 2023, 75% of security failures will result from inadequate management of identities, access and privileges, up from 50% in 2020." CIEM is the approach to that challenge.
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Gartner, Innovation Insight for Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management, Henrique Teixeira, Michael Kelley, Abhyuday Data, 15 June 2021
Gartner, Hype Cycle for Identity and Access Management Technologies, 2021, Tricia Phillips, 27 July 2021
Gartner, Managing Privileged Access in Cloud Infrastructure, Paul Mezzera, 9 June 2020
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