Advanced Granular PAM in Identity Security: Unpacking Axiom’s ‘Crafting’ Feature

In the realm of cloud security, managing access is a paramount concern. Axiom Security stands at the forefront of this challenge, offering an identity security platform with a focus on Least Privileged Access Management (LPAM) and Just-in-Time (JIT) access. This technical exploration delves into our unique ‘Crafting’ capability, which exemplifies our commitment to modern, dynamic, and secure access control.
Advanced Granular PAM in Identity Security: Unpacking Axiom's 'Crafting' Feature

Granular PAM and JIT: A Necessity in Cloud Security:

Traditional PAM solutions often fall short in today’s complex cloud environments, where access needs are fluid and highly specific. The ‘Crafting’ feature within Axiom Security’s platform addresses this by offering granular control over access permissions, aligning with the JIT principles. This approach ensures that access rights are provided precisely when needed and only for the duration required, significantly reducing the attack surface.

Technical Deep Dive into ‘Crafting’:

‘Crafting’ is engineered to transform how permissions are allocated in cloud environments. It departs from the conventional RBAC model by enabling a more nuanced and situation-specific role-creation process. Here’s how it works:

  1. Resource-Specific Access Requests: Users initiate the process by requesting access to specific cloud resources rather than selecting from pre-defined roles.
  1. Dependency Analysis: Axiom’s platform conducts a thorough analysis of dependencies associated with the requested resources, utilizing advanced algorithms to understand the full scope of necessary permissions.
  1. Dynamic Role Creation: Based on this analysis, ‘Crafting’ dynamically generates a tailored role or permission set. This role encapsulates the precise level of access required, adhering strictly to the least privilege principle.
  1. Just-in-Time Allocation: The custom role is then assigned to the user or group, but crucially, only for the duration necessary. This JIT approach minimizes the window during which privileges are active, thereby reducing potential security risks.

Example: A Developer’s Scenario in a Financial Company

Let’s consider a scenario where a developer in a financial company requires access to specific resources for a project involving AWS S3, EC2, and DynamoDB:

Scenario Overview: The developer needs to access a particular S3 bucket for data storage, a set of EC2 instances for application development, and a DynamoDB table for handling financial transactions.

‘Crafting’ Process: Upon receiving a developer’s request for specific AWS resources, Axiom Security’s platform performs a comprehensive analysis, evaluating project requirements, dependencies, and necessary permissions for the needed S3 bucket, EC2 instances, and DynamoDB table. Leveraging its ‘Crafting’ feature, the platform then dynamically generates a custom role, meticulously tailored to grant only the essential access in line with the least-privilege principle. This role is assigned to the developer for the project’s duration, embodying Just-in-Time (JIT) access principles to optimize security and efficiency.

Enhancing Security and Compliance:

The technical sophistication of ‘Crafting’ offers several key benefits:

  • Minimized Privilege Escalation Risk: By providing only the necessary permissions, ‘Crafting’ significantly reduces the risk of privilege escalation attacks.
  • Compliance with Stringent Regulations: This granular control aids in meeting compliance requirements, which often necessitate detailed logging and justification of access rights.
  • Operational Efficiency: The automation of role creation and assignment streamlines operations, allowing IT teams to focus on strategic initiatives rather than manual permission management.


In conclusion, Axiom Security’s ‘Crafting’ capability offers a sophisticated and tailored solution for managing IAM in cloud environments. While ‘Crafting’ provides dynamic, custom role generation for precise, least-privilege access, Axiom also maintains the flexibility for users to select from existing roles. This dual approach ensures that organizations can either opt for bespoke access solutions or utilize pre-defined roles, thereby catering to a wide range of operational needs and preferences. This combination of customization and traditional role selection positions Axiom as a versatile and comprehensive platform for identity security, ensuring robust security and operational efficiency in the complex digital landscape.

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