AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

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AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enables you to securely control access to AWS services and resources for your users. Using IAM, you can create and manage AWS users and groups, and use permissions to allow and deny their access to AWS resources.

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AWS IAM review by Sheehan A.
Sheehan A.
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"Robust service for managing cloud application access"

What do you like best?

- Granular permission control

- GUI interface is easy enough to use, has room for improvement however

- CLI interface is easy to use

- API interface available to dynamically build roles

- Must have good IAM roles setup to manage application access, as it is the entry point into your cloud system

What do you dislike?

- GUI interface can be simpler. AWS tends to build minimum UI but the ability to CLI and use API interfaces makes IAM a winner still

- Automatic Threat Detection / Access is not built in to IAM. You need to setup your own monitoring using other AWS services to look for access anomalies. If this was built into the service, it would make it a very appealing full stack Identity service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Set granular permission groups. From a security and access perspective, the more control you have over users/applications that have access to critical data, the less likelihood of a breach.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have several web applications and infrastructure on AWS. We use IAM to control application access to our databases and other services. We also use IAM to manage individual user access to our systems. We use various role and groups to isolate permissions and practice the principle of least privileged access.

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AWS IAM review by Administrator in Libraries
Administrator in Libraries
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"AWS IAM - heart of AWS security"

What do you like best?

AWS Identity and Access Managemen (IAM) is a user and access control service. It'a allows you to create new users, add permissions, manage access keys and many more. You can create groups of users for easy access management. Permissions are granted using policies (document that defines allowed actions). What's really cool is that policie can be attach not only to users but to EC2 instances as well so your application can run certain actions without credentials saved on local drives. AWS provides a lot of preconfigured policies that can be use as a templates. IAM can integrate smoothly with Active Directory and almost all AWS services.

What do you dislike?

It's actually good as it is. I could imagine more friendly GUI for policies generator. It could allows you to chose individual services and fill ARN dynamically. Searching for ARN can be a challenge sometimes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Can't use AWS without it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

User and access management.

What Privileged Access Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
AWS IAM review by Adam .
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"Security by granularity"

What do you like best?

IAM is the heart of AWS security. Main and most important thing is that you can grant privileges on granularity level of API call for certain object in certain region and availability zone . You can control all your users and their privileges from one place.Other great features are: two factor authentication, Active Directory integration, great web interface to manage policies, roles and group and useful predefined policies. Last but not least is feature called "IAM Roles for Amazon EC2" which allow you to assign role to EC2 instance without keeping credentials on it.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it's hard to find needed permissions for certain task or for AWS own managed services but there's a lot of great documentation and examples on AWS developer forums so with some patience and effort you can always find what you'r looking for. Policy generator could be better organised.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's integral part of AWS Services - you have to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

User, permission and key management for AWS environment.

AWS IAM review by Federico R.
Federico R.
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"Powerful access management"

What do you like best?

The basic functionalities are there. It's what you need to use in order to access the other AWS goodies.

CLI support is pretty good.

It's easy to setup really advanced and specific policies, giving your users only the access they need.

MFA support.

Powerful administration tools and fine-grained tools.

What do you dislike?

The UI could use some improvement. It's often hard to find things.

Policies are powerful but unnecessarily complicated - the same could be accomplished with a UI, leaving less room for mistakes.

You can potentially do actions which don't make sense - if I had a penny for every time somebody set up an account for me, just to have them reconfigure permissions later...

Recommendations to others considering the product

Set up finely grained permissions, pay extra attentions to your policies.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing accounts and permissions, accessing your aws account.

AWS IAM review by Austin C.
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"IAM covers all AWS security thoroughly and logically"

What do you like best?

Simple, straightforward solution that's highly configurable

What do you dislike?

There are not a lot of good diagrams explaining interactions between permissions objects

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're inside of an AWS account you absolutely have to set up IAM or you're just wasting an opportunity for maintaining good security.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Controlling permissions inside of our AWS accounts both to prevent outside access and to control internal access to follow a least privilege model.

AWS IAM review by Administrator in Paper & Forest Products
Administrator in Paper & Forest Products
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"Good service offered by AWS"

What do you like best?

The different levels that we can define be it the roles, users and policies.

Every department can have its own roles/policies which is great.

What do you dislike?

Everything seems good till now, no drawbacks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

GOod for access contirl

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are setting up different types of roles for different departments/business groups in our company.

Some times a specific business group just need access to for example a S3 bucket so that can be done easily via IAM

AWS IAM review by User in Computer Software
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"easy to understand and clean service"

What do you like best?

A very clean and straightforward service for account management. I can quickly make a limited to very limited access account for a developer or someone totally new and unaware for a quick QA run or any other check/test they may want to run.

What do you dislike?

Could have more explanation on steps while creating new roles and accounts, rest all is fine. Maybe bring in the new console for this service instead of S3.

Recommendations to others considering the product

use it to the most!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

using AWS for different users like admin, testers and developers. helps keep different services untouched by testers and other developers I don't want to give access to or maybe avoid giving access to billing details

AWS IAM review by Administrator
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"Powerful but Tricky"

What do you like best?

Gives you total control of your AWS services and permissions. Extremely useful for a startup or large company that has a fluctuation of employees because it allows you to quickly give certain permissions to certain users.

What do you dislike?

Can be conceptually complicated and often need to "code" policies. There can be an easier process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sometimes you don't want to give your employees total access to every service, from a security perspective and an expertise perspective. IAM allows you to fix this problem.

AWS IAM review by Zhanbolat A.
Zhanbolat A.
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"One of the best IAMs ever used"

What do you like best?

I like AWS Security, and how easy to delegate control and integrate with 3rd party software or web-application

What do you dislike?

For newbies, it is a little bit difficult navigate through its UI because of its structure

Recommendations to others considering the product

Suggest to use UI to newbie users/admins to get better feedback

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helped us to control and manager our users

AWS IAM review by Kamal R.
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"Best security model for users and role managemnt"

What do you like best?

I like the user management model along with roles . Better User experience to manage all this under one umbrella.

What do you dislike?

so far nothing to dislike. so far everything i like.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its for user validation and using AWS lambdas

AWS IAM review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Extensive cloud RBAC control"

What do you like best?

The full integration of IAM with AWS sub-services and organizations

What do you dislike?

The UI can would be better served via a wizard option for self check type of services

Recommendations to others considering the product

Browse all tutorials for IAM and ensure that there's a separate admin and billing role

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Customer onboarding, solution deployment, on-prem to cloud connectivity, AD integration

AWS IAM review by Sean O.
Sean O.
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"SOC"

What do you like best?

Excellent SSO and

federated capabilities

What do you dislike?

ADFS Integration is somewhat cunky and lacks ease of config

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

User

provisioning and de-proviosioning

AWS IAM review by User in Higher Education
User in Higher Education
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"So many uses!"

What do you like best?

It allows you to do so many things. it solves so many problems that our university had. cloud computing, cold storage, virtualization, etc.

What do you dislike?

The many uses might seem overwhelming at first.

Recommendations to others considering the product

their higher ed model is very supportive and flexible

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

cold storage, virtualization, and many many other uses.

AWS IAM review by Administrator
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"Centralized user management"

What do you like best?

Allows me to manage user access for all AWS services in one place.

What do you dislike?

Could be more flexible and have more integrations with other providers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

User management and access management.

AWS IAM review by User
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"Love it!"

What do you like best?

New to it, but love it so far. Would like to learn more though.

What do you dislike?

MFA was a bit troublesome to set up intially

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Gateway management.

AWS IAM review by User
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"My experience with IAM"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, set up is easy .

VEry intact,reliable

What do you dislike?

nthing about it as of now

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

hide admin operations from developers

AWS IAM review by User in Financial Services
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"Review Info"

What do you like best?

Ease of Use for my customers. Added protection

What do you dislike?

Nothing at this time. it works great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Added security

AWS IAM review by Administrator in Higher Education
Administrator in Higher Education
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"Easy sign on"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, easy to implement and good

What do you dislike?

Costs associated, dependency on amazon,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Secuirty

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