Just-in-time Access

Just-in-time access is best security practice, but companies often do the opposite—they give too much access instead of giving just enough access.

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The Problem

Teams don’t have the resources to implement just-in-time access.

With an unclear process to request and approve access, most companies opt to just give access to all the things so employees can get their work done.

But that can quickly become a security and compliance nightmare.

The Solution

Short-lived just-in-time access enters the picture. It means exactly what it sounds like—you give access when it’s needed, not by default. And when you do give it, it’s for a definite period of time.

Requesting access only when you need it can be a productivity nightmare. With Opal, users request for access to resources seamlessly—we’ve seen teams enthusiastically take part!

Beyond our deep integrations, we change the way teams communicate—in other words, true ephemeral just-in-time access is not just a technical problem. It’s a cultural shift.

I was worried the team would be skeptical of using an access management tool. No one wants to get slowed down. But Opal has actually helped us work faster—our infrastructure feels like a Ferrari.

Gil Feig, Merge
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Set granular permissions

With fine-grained control, Opal allows you to request just-in-time access to resources, yes, but also to different access levels within those resources.

Think specific rows and columns in your database, or certain roles within Salesforce. 

Break bottlenecks

The key to the way Opal does just-in-time access is decentralization.

In Opal, it’s our way of breaking bottlenecks.

We help teams take out the middleman, spreading out the responsibility to approve requests. In short, teams move faster. 

Achieve short-lived access across the org

Giving access when someone needs it is one thing—removing it when they’re no longer using it is another ball game.

You could set a calendar reminder to remove Joey’s access after an hour, but multiply that by a hundred people and it becomes impossible to manage.