Back in July 2021, Microsoft acquired cloud security firm CloudKnox to bolster protection on the Microsoft Azure platform. Now the company has launched CloudKnox Permissions Management in public preview for Azure customers.

If you are unfamiliar with CloudKnox Security, it develops Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) services. As a leader in the space, the company allows organizations to manage permissions and privilege access. Using analytics, the platform protects against security breaches.

Microsoft previously discussed how it will use the platform in Azure. It seems those plans are coming to users in the form of CloudKnox Permissions Management. This is a unified CIEM that allows Azure customers to manage permissions across their cloud infrastructure.

It constantly monitors the use of identities across the cloud and solves permission holds to provide more security. Admins can see all identities and see what permissions they have. Aways form identity management, the service also allows management of access keys, virtual machines, scripts, and virtual machines.


As well as being available in Microsoft Azure, CloudKnox Permissions Management is also coming to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud.

“The dashboard gives you an overview of your organization’s permission profile to locate where the riskiest identities and resources are across your infrastructure. It leverages the Permission Creep Index, which is a single metric ranging from zero to 100 that calculates the gap between permissions granted and permissions used. The more unused actions and untouched resources, the higher the gap and the index.”

Customers can access the public preview now. To get it, head to the webpage for CloudKnox Permissions Management here. Microsoft is holding a What’s Next in Security event on Friday, February 25 where this product will be discussed.

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