The role of CIEM in preventing breaches and unauthorized access
CIEM serves as a critical defense against security breaches and unauthorized access in cloud environments. It accomplishes this by tightly controlling user identities, enforcing strong authentication, and implementing fine-grained access policies. CIEM continuously monitors user activities, swiftly detects anomalies, and responds to potential threats. It also supports access reviews, ensuring proper permissions, and integrates privileged access management for heightened security. CIEM's role is to maintain robust identity management, access controls, and compliance, collectively reducing the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access, thereby bolstering overall cloud security.
Differences between IAM and CIEM
IAM (Identity and Access Management) and CIEM (Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management) both play crucial roles in governing access within cloud environments, but they serve distinct functions. IAM primarily focuses on identity governance through establishing, defining, and verifying the identities of users and services, ensuring that the right entities have access to appropriate resources. It manages authentication (who you are) and authorization (what you can access).
On the other hand, CIEM dives deeper, emphasizing the management and oversight of the permissions or entitlements granted to those identities. It concentrates on the specifics of what those identities can do once they have access. While IAM might grant a user access to a particular database, CIEM ensures that the user has only the necessary permissions on that database, like reading data but not deleting it. In essence, while IAM determines who can access a resource, CIEM fine-tunes and governs what they can do with it across public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments.
A strong CIEM platform can serve as the foundation of your identity strategy in the cloud. Protecting your critical business applications, people, data, and, in essence, your IP. It enables visibility and accountability of user access within their cloud environments. In terms of the differences between IAM And CIEM – while IAM identifies who is allowed access to specific resources across your critical systems, CIEM is narrowly focused on understanding and managing what those identities do within cloud environments. The major benefits of CIEM include reducing an organizations security risk with over-privilege accounts and providing audits for compliance reporting.
Matt Graves, MajorKey Principal Solution Advisor – Cloud Security