Secure Non-human identities

Identities are no longer exclusive to humans. Behind every line of code and API call, there lies a non-human identity. These machine identities serve as programmatic access keys, facilitating authentication and interactions between systems and services, powering every API call, database, and storage access.

While we rely on MFA and passwords to secure human identities, a crucial question arises: How do we ensure the security and integrity of non-human identities? How do we authenticate, authorize, and manage access for entities that lack a heartbeat but control critical system keys?

The Dilemma

Imagine a cloud-native application architected with microservices, each meticulously containerized. These microservices operate like specialized agents, executing tasks such as data processing, credential verification, and database retrieval. They communicate seamlessly via APIs, ensuring efficient and uninterrupted user experiences. For API access, these microservices utilize non-human identities and secrets, essentially acting as programmatic access keys.

In the hands of a malicious actor, these non-human identities or secrets can become powerful weapons, capable of exfiltrating sensitive data, corrupting critical information, or even causing a total system shutdown. Without rigorous security measures, these systems are alarmingly vulnerable. Therefore, it is imperative for organizations to implement robust security protocols. By doing so, we can protect our data assets and maintain the integrity and resilience of our systems against potential threats.

 

How We Fix This

Full Context Secrets Monitoring

Managing non-human identities at scale requires a clear, overarching view of all machine identities within your systems. Centralizing critical information such as ownership details, permissions, and risk levels empowers security teams to thoroughly understand the secrets landscape. This approach eliminates guesswork, offering clear insights into non-human identities and their potential vulnerabilities.

Monitor & Protect in Real-Time

Managing non-human identities effectively demands real-time monitoring to promptly detect and flag any suspicious activities. Continuous scanning of secrets is crucial to identify unauthorized access attempts or unexpected permission changes, allowing for proactive threat mitigation. When suspicious activity is detected, it’s imperative that we have practical steps in place to address the issue without delay.

Identifying Vulnerabilities & Eliminating False Positives

Effective vulnerability detection should differentiate between genuine threats and false alarms. Security teams need to concentrate on real issues, without getting sidetracked by false positives. Otherwise, resources and time are spent ineffectively

One Platform to Rule Them All

By consolidating all security controls into a single platform, the management of secrets and non-human identities become simpler to identify, manage, and remediate. By streamlining the collaboration between security and development, security teams can efficiently oversee and protect non-human identities using automated lifecycle management and seamless integration. This ensures comprehensive security and compliance, all through a unified interface.

Your secrets & non human identities all over the place? 

We've got you covered!