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Introducing Role-Based Access Control in Aembit Workload IAM Platform

This security approach offers enhanced control over user actions, ensuring appropriate access and configuration capability for each role.
Aembit role-based access product screen

We have now added role-based access control (RBAC) to further protect your Aembit Workload IAM deployment. This capability is available today in our ‘Enterprise’ tier. 

Role-based access control (RBAC) is a crucial aspect of security products, providing a granular approach to managing user permissions within a system. In the context of Aembit Workload IAM Platform, RBAC offers enhanced control over user actions, ensuring the right level of access and configuration capability for each user role. Before we examine the three key role definitions the platform supports – SuperAdmin, Auditor, and Custom Roles you create – let’s dive into a brief primer on roles and permissions.

Understanding Role-Based Access Control

RBAC is a security model that dictates access rights based on predefined roles within an organization. Each role encompasses a specific set of permissions, allowing users to perform designated tasks while restricting access to sensitive resources. This approach streamlines access management, enhances security, and promotes compliance with regulatory standards.

Roles in Aembit Workload IAM Platform

Roles in Aembit allow you to assign three levels of permissions to major activities within the platform: ‘No Access,’ ‘Read Only,’ or ‘Read/Write.’ Aembit roles must be assigned when you add a new user, and can be modified any time by a SuperAdmin.

Aembit role-based access product screen

SuperAdmin

Privileges: The SuperAdmin role holds the highest level of authority within the Aembit Workload IAM Platform. It includes:

  • Full access to all features and functionalities.
  • Ability to create, modify, and delete policies, users, and resources.
  • Complete control over system configuration and settings.
  • Authority to delegate roles and permissions to other users.

Use Case: SuperAdmins are typically IT administrators or senior managers responsible for overseeing the entire IAM infrastructure. They have unrestricted access to manage and govern the platform, ensuring operational efficiency and compliance.

Auditor

Capabilities: The Auditor role is designed for users who require read-only access to the Aembit Workload IAM platform. It includes:

  • View-only access to configuration settings, policies, and user activity logs.
  • Ability to generate reports and analyze data for auditing purposes.
  • No permissions to modify or delete any configuration or resource.

Use Cases: Auditors, such as compliance officers or external regulators, rely on this role to review system activity, monitor compliance with security policies, and conduct audits. By providing a restricted view of the platform, organizations ensure transparency and accountability without compromising security.

Custom Roles

Capabilities: The Custom role allows organizations to tune RBAC to your particular environment. It includes:

  • Control and creation by SuperAdmins.
  • Flexibility that will grow and adapt as Aembit adds functionality.
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Aembit admin product screen

Conclusion

Role-based access control in the Aembit Workload IAM Platform offers a robust framework for effectively managing user permissions and enforcing security policies. By assigning roles such as SuperAdmin, Auditor, and Custom Roles made to fit your organization, organizations can strike a balance between accessibility and security, ensuring that users have the necessary privileges to fulfill their responsibilities while safeguarding sensitive data and resources. Embracing RBAC via products like Aembit not only enhances operational efficiency but also strengthens the overall security posture of the organization.

To try the Aembit Workload IAM platform for free, visit aembit.io.

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