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Just-in-Time Access To RDS

Leverage the integration of RDS with Apono to automate the management of access to RDS databases. Effortlessly establish dynamic access workflows, provide granular permissions, and obtain a comprehensive audit trail detailing the who, why, and when of RDS access.

Note: The Integration could either be done with AWS or by connecting a specific MySQL or PostgreSQL.

Apono automates access management to RDS

Apono empowers you to craft dynamic Access Flows, providing on-demand permissions with meticulous granularity and comprehensive audit capabilities.

01. Automated Database Permissions Approval Workflows

Align the access approval workflow with meticulously defined organizational permission guardrails to enhance precision and efficiency, fortifying overall security posture. This methodical approach ensures a seamless and compliant framework, maintaining heightened control over critical resources.

02. Restricted access to PII

Restrict access to PII and sensitive data synced with cloud resources and RDS groups.

03. Comprehensive Audit Log

Enhance RDS access and permissions transparency, facilitating comprehensive auditing for incident investigation and the implementation of scheduled reporting mechanisms to meet compliance requirements effectively.

04. Third-Party Access Flows

Preconfigure access flows for third-party entities such as customers, vendors, or partners. Effective Third-Party Access Flows contribute to enhanced security, compliance, and overall operational efficiency within an organization.

05. Single Source of Truth

Centralize and streamline the management of privileges across your entire technology stack by consolidating them within a unified platform. This approach not only enhances efficiency but also facilitates a more comprehensive and cohesive oversight of the various permissions and access levels throughout your system, contributing to a more robust and integrated security framework.

06. Self-Service Access Requests

Amplify employee productivity through the implementation of an efficient system that empowers individuals to seamlessly discover, request, and obtain access to essential resources in a matter of minutes. This transformative approach not only expedites operational efficiency but also cultivates an environment characterized by heightened agility and responsiveness.

07. Request & Approve via ChatOps

Leverage the power of ChatOps workflows, seamlessly integrating platforms such as Slack and Teams, to both grant and request access in a collaborative and streamlined manner. This innovative approach enhances the accessibility and efficiency of access management within your organizational framework. By incorporating ChatOps, you create an environment where access permissions can be granted or requested through intuitive and user-friendly interfaces, such as chat interfaces in Slack or Teams.

08. Incident Response Access Flows

Gain the advantage of instant and on-demand access to swiftly address and remediate any production errors that may arise. This expedited access empowers your team to promptly identify and rectify issues, minimizing downtime and ensuring the continuous, seamless operation of your production environment. By facilitating real-time access for remediation purposes, you enhance your organization’s agility and responsiveness, enabling efficient problem-solving and bolstering the overall reliability of your systems.

09. Credentials Rotation

Reinforce security and minimize unauthorized access risks through credential rotation. Your sensitive information is in safe hands with our proactive approach to credential management.

10. Ephemeral On-Demand Access

Ensure that access privileges are meticulously aligned with the specific requirements of each task by implementing a sophisticated system of granular ephemeral access. This strategic approach involves providing nuanced and temporary access permissions, precisely tailored to the unique demands of individual tasks. By adopting this level of granularity, you not only enhance the precision of access control but also optimize security measures within your operational landscape.


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Create an Automated Access Flow to RDS

Enable your users to independently access RDS instances through self-service access requests.



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Simplify Access To RDS

What is Just in Time Access?

Just-In-Time (JIT) access involves assigning permissions to users or systems in real-time as needed, rather than maintaining continuous access. This strategy is frequently employed in cybersecurity to reduce the risk of security breaches by restricting unnecessary access. It aligns with the principle of least privilege (POLP), emphasizing that users should only have the minimum access levels required to fulfill their tasks.

Use Cases

01Just-in-Time Access to Production Database

  • Allow SREs, Developers or Platform Engineers to receive temporary granular permissions to certain schemas and databases.
  • “BreakGlass”, “Firefighter” role, and On-Call access automation with integration to PagerDuty and more shift management and incident response tools.
  • Contractor or Third-Party Restricted Temporary access granting with MFA.

02Compliant Customer Database Access

  • Grant permissions to only the specific customer data across multitenant databases and with customer consent.
  • Satisfy customer security requirements with granular access control and full audit of access to customer databases.
  • Easily restrict access to PII, PHI, PCI and any regulated or sensitive data access.

03Secure Break-glass Access Flows

  • Manage break-glass access, balancing the need for emergency access with the imperative of maintaining robust security measures.
  • Dynamically grant only the permissions needed for the task at hand to prevent costly mistakes in production and downtime.
  • Implement robust logging and monitoring systems to track and record break-glass access events.

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Integrate with Apono in 3 easy steps

Three easy steps are what it takes to create Just-In-Time and Just Enough permissions for everyone with access to your cloud assets and resources.

  1. Install a Connector

    Connectors are the components that mediate between Apono and your resources to sync data from cloud applications and grant and revoke access permissions.

    The Connector does not read, cache or store any secrets, nor does Apono need an account with admin privileges to function. The Connector contacts your secret store or key vault when it needs to sync data or provision access.

    Here’s how Connectors work:

    2. Integrate With Cloud Apps

    After you’ve installed the Connector, integrate Apono with your cloud applications to sync data on users, groups, resources and permissions.

    Apono currently has integrations for 35+ resource types in AWS, GCP, Azure and Kubernetes platforms, as well as development and CI/CD tools, databases, incident response tools, IdP, ChatOps products, and more. Check the Integrations Catalog for details and to see the latest.

    3. Create Access Flows

    Create an Access Flows by answering five questions:

    • Who should get access?
    • What can they gain access to?
    • What Actions will they be able to perform?
    • How Long should they have the access?
    • Who must Approve the request?

Review Access

View a detailed access audit of who was granted access to which instances with what permission level and why.