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Google Cloud Enabling just-in-time access to Google Cloud resources

The principle of least privilege states that we should grant users just enough access to carry out everyday activities, but no more. But what about the occasional case where a user does need privileged access, maybe to handle an incident or perform a rare configuration change? This is where just-in-time access can help. Continue »

Google Cloud Doing service account things without a service account key

Before we deploy an application to Google Cloud, we typically want to test it locally. If the application uses Google Cloud APIs, then we somehow need to ensure that the application can authenticate. We could use a service account key for that, but there’s typically a better way. Continue »

Google Cloud Authenticating to Google Cloud using Integrated Windows Authentication, workload identity federation, and SAML-POST

Previously, we explored two ways of authenticating to Google Cloud using Kerberos and NTLM credentials. Both ways involved authenticating to AD FS using Integrated Windows Authentication, and then using workload identity federation. But there’s a third way that we haven’t cover yet – and it involves using the SAML HTTP-POST binding. Continue »

Security Defining privileged access

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Privileged access is a term we commonly encounter in the realm of access management. The term seems pretty self-explanatory, but finding a good definition isn’t easy. Continue »