Just In Time (JIT) Access enables organizations to grant access to applications or systems for predetermined periods of time, on an as-needed basis. JIT is a form of identity access management approach that is meant to address scenarios in which a user who may not typically need to use certain applications or services can receive timely access to those resources when they need it, but only for a short period of time. Just-In-Time access also follows the principle of least privileged access, which is one of the core philosophies of the Zero Trust framework.
But Why is Just-In-Time Access Important For Your Organization?
Just In Time helps organizations improve their overall cybersecurity posture by significantly reducing the risk of privileged access abuse and lateral movement by threat actors. It helps simplify the administrator experience by removing the need for review cycles and wait days while still maintaining current workflows. JIT improves compliance and simplifies auditing by minimizing the number of privileged users and privileged sessions and providing full audit trails of all privileged activities.
JIT access can be seen as a way to enforce the principle of least privilege to ensure users and non-human identities are given the minimum level of privileges. JIT access can also ensure that privileged activities are conducted in accordance with an organization’s Identity Access Management (IAM), IT Service Management (ITSM) and Privileged Access Management (PAM) policies along with its entitlements and workflows. For example, As a part of a change request for a software upgrade in production, you will provide a one-time-password (OTP) with exclusive use to the engineer that is implementing the change. The privileged access to production will be available for the time window of the change, and after that will not be revoked.
There are many ways you can leverage Just-In-Time Access to make your Privileged Access Management (PAM) more secure and efficient. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with your Privilege Access Management (PAM) Program. We look forward to hearing from you.