Cloud Governance, also known as Cloud Access Governance or Cloud Identity and Access Management (Cloud IAM), uses automated tools to protect data security and privacy by enforcing “least privilege necessary” access controls for users within Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud ecosystems.
In recent years there’s been a proliferation of cloud governance models, frameworks, and best practices for managing the new frontier of cloud security governance.
Enterprises experiencing digital transformation increasingly adopt cloud governance tools to meet business demands for elasticity, flexibility, and scalability. With hybrid IT becoming the norm, critical enterprise assets are now fragmented. Sensitive data or critical infrastructure already live in the cloud and outside the enterprise’s traditional perimeter. Given the new ecosystem, today’s enterprise needs to implement cloud governance best practices designed to ensure information security within the cloud governance model.
The responsibility for appropriate and consistent enforcement of compliance and security controls and policies is the responsibility of the enterprise. Because each cloud governance tool offers different degrees of control over security, identity has become the primary factor that brings together security and trust.
Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) tools don’t always meet the need to secure some types of identities such as users, devices, business partners, customers, etc. In addition, most IGA tools only understand coarse-grained access and cannot be easily extended to secure data, infrastructure, and fine-grained application entitlements.
Enterprises using cloud governance tools present a unique security challenge and require a forward-thinking approach that focuses on identity as the new security perimeter. Leveraging the following cloud governance best practices best positions your organization to mitigate the security risks presented by operating in the cloud:
Saviynt’s Enterprise Identity Cloud (EIC) is built in the cloud for the cloud and is the only FedRAMP-authorized SaaS solution for Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) and Cloud Privileged Access Management (CPAM).
The fundamentals of IGA align closely with the requirements outlined in Federal Identity Credential and Access Management (FICAM). Saviynt EIC is a modular, converged cloud platform developed entirely in-house using a single code base without bolted-on solutions from third-party acquisitions to complicate the implementation process. Each solution can operate independently, allowing customers to select the product that suits them – and integrate EIC with existing solutions.