Protect Your Data in AWS

Preventing unauthorized access to data in AWS is hard.  The security model is complex, apps and teams change constantly, and security experts are hard to find.

Security, Platform, and Data teams can’t keep up with the explosive growth (10x or 100x) and change in IAM roles and users for applications and people.

Who has access to what resources and data? 

The Challenge We Face

The three biggest challenges for managing AWS IAM effectively are:

Application Architectures Are Changing

Application architectures are constantly evolving to meet current requirements: adding applications to meet customer needs and decomposing to scale with the organization.

AWS Security Is Complex

AWS policy evaluation is very complex and changes frequently with new services and actions launching daily.

The Rate Of Change Is Increasing

Applications and their infrastructure are changing faster than ever with Continuous Delivery and Infrastructure as Code delivering multiple security changes per week, day, or hour.

$100M Credit Data Breach – A Case Study In The Danger of Accidental, Overly Permissive  AWS Security Policies


Annual Net Income (2014-2018): 

Up 29.5% (+1.3 billion)

Enabled by flexibility and scalability of AWS


Expected Loss from 2019q3 Breach:

$100 million to $150 million

Enabled by overly permissive AWS security policies

Building in the Cloud provides a great foundation for growth — how do we build safely?

Why Current AWS Identity Management Practices are Ineffective

Cloud Teams Can’t Keep Up With 10x (or 100x) More Application Identities

Continuous Delivery and Infrastructure Automation is pushing the rate of change faster. Understanding which data and resources applications and people have access to is intractable, if not impossible for most teams.

The Common Methods of Managing AWS IAM Don’t Work Effectively

Engineers expect to manage security and risk continuously for their customers. The current way works something like this:

  1.  generate list of compute and data resources
  2. generate list of roles and users
  3. (manually) inspect policies to imagine who has access

Result: Weeks of painstaking, error-prone, expert-level work that’s hard to act upon.

The Common Methods of Managing AWS IAM Waste Effort & Increase Vulnerabilities

Current ineffective methods of managing AWS IAM are incredibly complicated, resource intensive, largely ineffective, and expose companies to vulnerabilities, as well as compliance violations.

What Is Needed To Manage AWS IAM Ecosystems Effectively?


Daily reports contain clear, understandable assessment of the access  each application and person has to each resource, e.g. S3 bucket.

Increased Security

Ability to see in a transparent manner vulnerabilities and make intelligent adjustments to permissions.

Highlighted Risk Areas

Reporting including potential areas of risk and vulnerability. Continuous monitoring of related changes.

Better Resource Allocation

Reporting which eliminates the need for tedious and inefficient manual report generation.

Continuous Reporting

Automatic reporting that happens in the background and monitors critical changes and modifications.

Assess and Improve Your AWS Identity & Access Management Posture Easily

k9 Security helps large and small organizations manage their AWS IAM easily with greater security and confidence than ever before, saving time and money while reducing risk. 

Smart Assessment & Improvement


Simple Daily Reporting

Once configured, k9 will assess your entire AWS IAM ecosystem at midnight each night, and publish a report to your own secure inbox in S3. The json format is perfect for your SIEM and the Excel format is great for interactive analysis.

Security Recommendations

(Coming Soon) Included with your daily report will be various relevant security suggestions and highlighting of potential vulnerabilities as well as relevant access changes which could highlight potential access issues.

How k9 Works

Our simple setup process will have you up and running in no time!


create account

Whether a limited trial, or full account, our signup process is straightforward and simple.

configure access

Configure k9 access to your company AWS IAM by our simple process. 

receive Reporting

Daily scans of your system are initiated at midnight and delivered to your email account.

"Understanding and managing our complicated AWS IAM ecosystem has never been this simple or painless."

– Kenneth K. Slachta, Jr. – VenturPlex, LLC

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