As predictions for a permanently dispersed future of work turns up the heat on cyber security, Britive has contributed to a critical cloud security report by Forrester: How Cloud Identity Governance Can Help Mitigate Access And Entitlement Risks – by Andras Cser and Sean Ryan, September 29, 2020. 

The report, a valuable guide for enterprises looking to extend their cloud platforms securely, highlights an increasing need to focus on Cloud Identity Governance (CIG), advising a modern platform approach to achieving security via intelligently controlling access rights. 

It’s no longer enough to manage static access privileges 

The fact is, this new, complex world of multiple cloud platforms and apps requires an automated approach to securing the number one entry point for security breaches: privileged access rights. Hackers compromise the profiles of privileged users to log in and steal, change or destroy company information – often with catastrophic results. 

Privileged access is being mismanaged 

Forrester reports that organizations’ current Cloud Identity Governance (CIG) systems and processes are “immature” for numerous reasons, including overly-complicated access control policies, over-privileging of human and non-human identities, and an array of identity types across the business coupled with the lack of a single interface for managing them. 

These challenges are impacting enterprises indiscriminately as we find ourselves in a race to digitize workflows across the business, which has only been accelerated by the current pandemic. 

cloud identity governance technology is out there 

The good news is, clear guidance already exists on best practices for cloud privilege management. And, the technology is out there to help organizations navigate their way out of the fog of Cloud IAM (Identity Access Management) silos and legacy security solutions.  

For those re-evaluating their IAM model, Forrester highlights the importance of a CIG solution optimized for multi-cloud environments. It also points to additional key considerations for cloud-based privileged access management, including: deep, cross-platform integration with major public clouds, dynamic permissioning for maintaining a continuous state of least privilege, AI-based anomaly detection and remediation, and access governance within the cloud admin console itself. 

The rise of zero trust access 

Essentially, Zero Trust access is now a must for any enterprise that’s serious about protecting its customers, employees and data. Anything less won’t safeguard enterprises operating in today’s digital business world. Zero Trust means no-one inside or outside the organization is automatically trusted with any access, much less privileged access. Gone are the days when that’s possible to achieve through manual effort.  

Britive couldn’t be more excited to be at the forefront of this movement to empower Cloud Infrastructure, DevOps, IT and Security teams with dynamic and intelligent privileged access administration solutions that let them operate efficiently, with complete peace of mind, in demanding, multi-cloud environments. 

Download this solution brief to read more about secure dynamic access governance