The latest launch from Britive offers readers a detailed look at why GCP’s ever-expanding identity lifecycles within the cloud and the resulting standing privileges make businesses vulnerable to data breaches.
More details can be found at https://www.britive.com/blog/3-frictionless-strategies-to-boost-your-gcp-iam
The recently published article explores the advantages of Google’s platform for DevOps teams – namely easy collaboration and creation with very few restrictions – and why these same features also leave users vulnerable to a rising number of cyber attacks.
According to the Cloud Guru blog, GCP first appeared in 2008 as part of Google’s App Engine product, eventually turning it into a fully supported suite in 2011. It features a range of computer resources, all hosted in Google’s data centers around the world. These include popular tools such as Google Workspace, enterprise versions of Chrome OS and Android, and application programming interfaces (APIs).
Britive’s guide explains that GCP relies heavily on administrators to grant access privileges to various users and groups. This necessitates standing privileges for these individuals which, as a business scales outwards, creates more potential attack surfaces for criminals.
The article outlines three main strategies to help reduce these vulnerabilities: Just-In-Time (JIT) privileges require individual authorization for each user for set time limits. This access is then revoked upon completion of a task or when the limit expires.
Another approach, according to the guide, is to implement a cloud secrets management policy. This circumvents the exposure issues created when organizations wish to make certain objects in the cloud readable to the public, compromising security because the API keys utilized to make objects accessible cannot be programmatically monitored within GCP. Cloud secrets management offers a way to issue and revoke access after the appropriate authorization.
Britive suggests that GCP could be much improved by enhancing its identification processes for elevated and standing privileges as well as increasing the facility to monitor user behavior. Cross-cloud visibility is another aspect that requires some development.
A spokesperson says, “As a cloud architect, balancing the cost of operations with app performance and availability – without compromising compliance and security – is critical. That’s why Britive gives you the ability to monitor access privileges, streamline admin tasks, and manage identities across all cloud platforms and applications. Gain the control and visibility you need to scale securely.”
With the launch of its latest guide, Britive affirms its reputation as a thought leader and a pioneering force in access management for the cloud computing environment.
Additional details are available at https://www.britive.com/blog/3-frictionless-strategies-to-boost-your-gcp-iam
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