The Role of Just-in-Time Privileged Access in Security Evolution

Apr 15, 2024The Hacker NewsActive Directory / Attack Surface

Just-in-Time Privileged Access

To reduce the risk of privilege misuse, a market trend in privileged access management (PAM) solutions involves implementing just-in-time (JIT) privileged access. This method of privileged identity management aims to mitigate the risks associated with long-term high-level access by granting privileges temporarily and only when needed, rather than granting users continuous high-level privileges. By adopting this strategy, organizations can improve security, minimize the window of opportunity for potential attackers and ensure that users can access privileged resources only when needed.

What is JIT and why is it important?

JIT is privileged to grant access Includes granting privileged access to users on a temporary basis, consistent with the concept of least privilege. This principle gives users the minimum level of access necessary to perform their tasks, and only for the amount of time required to do so.

One of the key advantages of JIT provisioning is the ability to reduce the risk of advancement of privilege and mitigate the attack surface for credential-based attacks. By eliminating standing privileges, or privileges that an account has when not actively being used, the JIT provision restricts the window of opportunity for malicious actors to exploit these accounts. Providing JIT disrupts the attackers’ attempts at reconnaissance, because it only adds users to privileged groups when there are active access requests. This prevents attackers from identifying potential targets.

How to implement JIT provisioning with Safeguard

Safeguard, a privileged access management solution, offers robust support for JIT provisioning across multiple platforms, including Active Directory and Linux/Unix environments. With Safeguard, organizations can create regular user accounts within Active Directory, without special privileges. These accounts are placed under the supervision of Safeguard, which remains in a disabled state until activated as part of an access request workflow.

When an access request is made, Safeguard automatically activates the user account, adds it to designated privileged groups, such as Domain Admins, and grants the necessary access rights. -access to the account. Once the access request is complete, through a configured timeout or the user checking credentials again, the user’s account will be removed from privileged groups and disabled, reducing exposure to any potential security threats.

How to improve JIT provisioning with Active Roles

When combined with Active Roles ARS, a market-leading Active Directory One Identity management tool, organizations can raise the security and customization of their JIT provisioning to greater heights. Active Roles enables more sophisticated JIT provisioning use cases, allowing organizations to automate account activation, group membership management and Active Directory attribute synchronization.

For example, the Safeguard access request workflow can trigger Active Roles to not only activate user accounts and assign privileges but also update virtual attributes within the Active Directory and synchronize environment changes.

Conclusion

Just-in-Time granting of privileged access is a critical component of a comprehensive privileged access management approach. By implementing JIT provisioning, organizations can reduce the risk of privilege misuse, improve security, and ensure that users can access privileged resources only when and for as long as necessary. Combining Safeguard with Active Roles allows organizations to implement robust JIT provisioning policies to strengthen security and reduce risks.

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