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Last updated November 12th, 2023 by Avigdor Book

Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management, better known as CIEM, is rapidly becoming a necessity in today’s cyber security landscape. It’s all about managing and controlling user permissions and entitlements in your cloud infrastructure. With the rise of multi-cloud environments and the increasing complexity of access management, the need for effective CIEM solutions has never been more apparent.

What is CIEM in Cyber Security

In essence, CIEM is a security model that manages cloud identities, permissions, and access control within cloud resources, particularly those provided by AWS, Azure, and GCP. It follows the principle of least privilege, ensuring that users only have the minimum necessary permissions to perform their tasks.

CIEM also streamlines the remediation process when excessive permissions are detected, reducing the attack surface and limiting the potential for data breaches. Advanced CIEM tools incorporate machine learning and real-time analytics to continuously monitor and manage cloud permissions, enhancing your overall cloud security posture.

The Difference Between IAM and CIEM

You might be asking, “Isn’t this what Identity and Access Management (IAM) does?” While there are similarities, there’s a key difference. IAM focuses on managing access to resources in on-premises networks, while CIEM specializes in managing cloud access to IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS resources in multi-cloud environments.

CIEM is essentially an evolution of IAM, designed specifically for the cloud era. It provides a more granular, sophisticated approach to managing cloud identities, which includes not only human users but also machine identities such as service accounts.


Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and CIEM are both crucial for maintaining robust cloud security. However, they address different aspects. CSPM focuses on detecting misconfigurations in cloud services and ensuring compliance with security policies, while CIEM focuses on managing permissions and identities.

Together, they form a comprehensive approach to cloud security, with CSPM securing the cloud configurations and CIEM securing the cloud identities and access.

CIEM Examples

An example of CIEM in action could involve a DevOps team utilizing AWS for deploying their applications. The CIEM solution ensures that the team has only the necessary permissions, following the principle of least privilege. If the solution detects any excessive permissions, it initiates a remediation process to adjust these privileges, thereby reducing risks.

The Role of Tufin in CIEM Security

Tufin provides a comprehensive suite of cyber security risk management tools, such as SecureTrack+, which includes a Cloud Native module to complement and enhance your CIEM strategy. Tufin’s solutions help you maintain visibility and control over your hybrid cloud environment, maintaining network compliance and providing enhanced security for your IT infrastructure.

Moreover, Tufin’s solutions can help you navigate the common cloud security roadblocks and understand the implications for cyber security as you shift your infrastructure to the cloud.


1. What is the role of CIEM in cyber security?
CIEM plays a critical role in managing permissions and entitlements in cloud environments. It helps minimize the attack surface and reduce the risk of breaches by ensuring users have only the minimum necessary permissions. Ready to delve deeper into the world of cloud security? Check out our blog on network security and infrastructure.

2. What is the difference between IAM and CIEM?
IAM focuses on managing access in on-premises networks, while CIEM is designed for the specific challenges of managing cloud access in multi-cloud environments. To know more about this, read up on our discussion about cloud security challenges.

3. How does Tufin support CIEM security?
Tufin complements CIEM solutions, through its suite of tools that enhance your CIEM strategy, including solutions for cyber security risk management and network cyber security regulatory compliance. 

Wrapping Up

Embracing CIEM is no longer optional but essential in today’s cloud-driven landscape. As you navigate through the sea of CIEM security, consider Tufin’s suite of solutions as your reliable partner. To experience this firsthand, you’re welcome to sign up for a free demo of the product.

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