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(also cloud infrastructure entitlement management)

CIEM definition

Cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM) is a cybersecurity technology that aids organizations in managing and controlling identity privileges and access entitlements within cloud environments. By leveraging CIEM, organizations can identify overprivileged identities, enforce least privilege principles, and detect and mitigate potential security threats associated with excess privileges.

See also: internet security, network security protocols, cloud operating system, intelligent cloud

CIEM examples

  • Cloud security: CIEM helps enforce security policies, control access to cloud resources, and maintain compliance.
  • Data management: CIEM tools can manage and control access to data stored in the cloud, thereby protecting sensitive information.

Advantages and disadvantages of CIEM


  • Security enhancement: CIEM improves security by limiting access to necessary privileges, thereby reducing the risk of breaches.
  • Compliance: It helps ensure regulatory compliance by managing and tracking access to cloud resources.
  • Automated management: CIEM can automate the process of managing access entitlements, reducing the administrative burden.


  • Complex implementation: Implementing CIEM across various cloud environments can be challenging and may require significant resources.
  • Cost: The cost of deploying and maintaining CIEM tools can be high, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.

Using CIEM

  • Regularly audit your cloud environment for overprivileged identities and unnecessary access entitlements.
  • Implement least privilege principles to minimize potential attack vectors.