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AWS recognized as an Overall Leader in 2024 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Policy Based Access Management

Amazon Web Services (AWS) was recognized by KuppingerCole Analysts AG as an Overall Leader in the firm’s Leadership Compass report for Policy Based Access Management. The Leadership Compass report reveals Amazon Verified Permissions as an Overall Leader (as shown in Figure 1), a Product Leader for functional strength, and an Innovation Leader for open source security. The recognition is based on a comparison with 14 other vendors, using standardized evaluation criteria set by KuppingerCole.

Figure 1: KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Policy Based Access Management

Figure 1: KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Policy Based Access Management

The report helps organizations learn about policy-based access management solutions for common use cases and requirements. KuppingerCole defines policy-based access management as an approach that helps to centralize policy management, run authorization decisions across a variety of applications and resource types, continually evaluate authorization decisions, and support corporate governance.

Policy-based access management has three major benefits: consistency, security, and agility. Many organizations grapple with a patchwork of access control mechanisms, which can hinder their ability to implement a consistent approach across the organization, increase their security risk exposure, and reduce the agility of their development teams. A policy-based access control architecture helps organizations centralize their policies in a policy store outside the application codebase, where the policies can be audited and consistently evaluated. This enables teams to build, refactor, and expand applications faster, because policy guardrails are in place and access management is externalized.

Amazon Verified Permissions is a scalable, fine-grained permissions management and authorization service for the applications that you build. This service helps your developers to build more secure applications faster, by externalizing authorization and centralizing policy management and administration. Developers can align their application access with Zero Trust principles by implementing least privilege and continual authorization within applications. Security and audit teams can better analyze and audit who has access to what within applications.

Verified Permissions uses Cedar, a purpose-built and security-first open source policy language, to define policy-based access controls by using roles and attributes for more granular, context-aware access control. Cedar demonstrates the AWS commitment to raising the bar for open source security by developing key security-related technologies in collaboration with the community, with a goal of improving security postures across the industry.

The KuppingerCole Leadership Compass report offers insightful guidance as you evaluate policy-based access management solutions for your organization. Access a complimentary copy of the 2024 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Policy-Based Access Management.

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Julian Lovelock

Julian Lovelock

Julian is a Principal Product Manager at AWS, with over 20 years’ experience in the field of Identity and Access Management. He leads the product team for Amazon Verified Permissions, and works closely with customers, partners, and the internal teams building out the service and the underlying Cedar language. He’s based in Northern California, where he enjoys mountain biking and the idea of camping.