Managing AWS Access According to Best Practices is Tough
Security and Platform teams can’t keep up with the explosive growth (10x or 100x) 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
Security 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:
- generate list of compute and data resources
- generate list of roles and users
- (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 reporting with clear details on the access and permissions of each application and person to each resource.
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.
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.
(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 process will have you up and running in no time!
Whether a limited trial, or full account, our signup process is straightforward and simple.
Configure k9 access to your company AWS IAM by our simple process.
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