Gartner Research

Mitigate Common IaaS Security Risks With Identity and Access Management

Published: 24 August 2016

ID: G00311111

Analyst(s): Steve Riley , Felix Gaehtgens

Summary

Many organizations fail to meet their half of the IaaS shared responsibility model and allow too much access to IaaS controls and instances — exposing them to significant security risks. This research helps IT security leaders understand how IAM can address IaaS security risks and responsibilities.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Faced with growing IaaS use, organizations may struggle to properly manage IaaS accounts and privileges — potentially leaving workloads and storage exposed and vulnerable to compromise
  • Developers and business units that directly manage their own IaaS instances may not properly manage and secure instance accounts, thus exposing their organizations to breaches and other security risks

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