What problems does CIEM solve and why would I need it?
As organizations migrate and run more critical workloads in the cloud, they also increase their attack surface and risk of a data breach. This is primarily because the “shared responsibility model” of public cloud security saddles organizations with the responsibility of controlling access to cloud resources. This reality led Gartner to estimate that by 2023, inadequate identities and privileges management will cause 75% of all cloud security failures.
Identity and access management (IAM) solutions are typically employed to control access for human entities such as users and administrators, but what about the applications, machines, and other services that need to communicate with each other? This is where CIEM solutions are deployed, using discovery, analytics, and machine learning techniques to detect anomalies and misconfigurations in account entitlements. CIEMs can alert organizations to potential security issues such as accumulation of privileges, dormant privileges, and unnecessary entitlements. When deployed and managed properly, CIEM solutions can help to mitigate risk caused by excessive account entitlements that can lead to data breaches, ransomware attacks, and business disruption.