IAM security

Leverage policy-as-code to develop least-privileged IAM

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is essential to providing access and managing permissions across cloud services. By leveraging infrastructure as code (IaC), Bridgecrew helps security teams embed automated guardrails within development pipelines to enforce right-sized IAM policies.

IAM 101

What are the risks of overly-permissive IAM?

Maintaining the principle of least privilege is key to hardening your cloud security posture by making IAM policies more manageable and reducing the risk of unauthorized access and stolen credentials.

Unmanageable IAM

Maintaining least-privilege IAM requires a concerted effort and can be at odds with moving fast. When overly-permissive IAM policies build up over time, it can be difficult to untangle the resulting sprawl to get clear insight into who has access to what.

Unmitigated access

Managing access and permissions across hundreds, if not thousands, of cloud services is easier said than done. Without proper guardrails in place, it’s hard to retroactively identify overly permissive access that could amplify the impact of compromised credentials.

Our approach

Enforcing least-privilege IAM policies across code and cloud

As teams diversify their infrastructure and expand their usage of existing cloud services, the best way to keep IAM under control is through policy-as-code enforcement and automated governance. In addition to helping teams enforce security and compliance policies across services, Bridgecrew also helps assess, resolve, and govern risks in IAM.


By analyzing IAM data and usage patterns from both your code and cloud, Bridgecrew develops context-rich models of your permissions across users, roles, groups, and custom policies.


To eliminate IAM sprawl, Bridgecrew provides a right-sized Terraform file for your policies that can be applied to correct overly permissive access or can be merged into your existing IAM policy code.


Bridgecrew also helps you proactively and continuously govern your cloud IAM and code-based modifications to your IAM policies so you can prevent IAM drift and maintain least privilege permissions.

Caleb Sima

VP Security

Databricks right-sized IAM with Bridgecrew
Cloud growth is amazing both in terms of productivity and security, however due to the ease of use in creating assets on the fly it has created a cloud sprawl problem that quickly gets out of control. One of the top challenges is in roles and permissions. Bridgecrew helped us accurately identify our IAM issues and remediate them safely without breaking anything.

How it works


To help teams maintain IAM security best practices programmatically and consistently, our open source tool AirIAM and our platform are here to help.


Bridgecrew is equipped with dozens built-in IAM policies enforced from code to cloud to minimize over-privileged IAM roles and permissions.

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AirIAM is our open source tool that analyzes IAM activity and transforms sprawl into right-sized IaC that can be managed and versioned in code.

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