July 6, 2023

Transforming Access Management: The Power of BastionZero for Seamless Onboarding and Offboarding

Devin Bernosky

VP, Solutions Engineering & Customer Success

A man boards a plane, symbolizing centralized access management

In the dynamic landscape of modern IT infrastructure, centralized access management can often feel like an uphill battle. With an ever-growing array of systems, platforms, and clouds, the process of onboarding and offboarding can become a convoluted maze of VPNs, SSH keys, and IAM roles. Fortunately, solutions like BastionZero are designed to address these circumstances, offering a centralized, security-focused platform that streamlines these processes while fortifying your infrastructure.

Centralized Access Management

One of the most potent advantages of BastionZero lies in its ability to centralize access management. We understand how painful individually configuring access across numerous systems can be. With BastionZero, you can grant or revoke access with a few clicks, saving time and reducing the potential for human error.

And in the modern era where multicloud and hybrid strategies are the norm, BastionZero can provide a unified access solution irrespective of where your systems are hosted. This eliminates the need for multiple access management tools and offers a streamlined onboarding process for new hires across all systems.

Advanced Policy with IDP/SSO Integration

A standout feature of BastionZero lies in its robust, policy-driven approach to access control, enabling the effective implementation of Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) integrated seamlessly with your Identity Provider (IDP) and Single Sign-On (SSO) systems.

When a new user is added to your organization, their profile is created in your IDP. BastionZero, with its direct integration to your IDP, allows for a seamless mapping of these users to specific groups, each associated with its predefined role and corresponding access rights within your infrastructure.

But this integration is more than just a one-time setup. It's a dynamic, ongoing relationship that responds in real time to changes in user status. Once a user is assigned to a group in the IDP, BastionZero can automatically align the user's access rights to match the necessities of the group's role. This process isn't just reserved for onboarding. When a user's group changes within the IDP, BastionZero can adjust access rights to align with each individual's current role and responsibilities.

Importantly, this process works in reverse as well. If a user is removed from a group or role within the IDP, or even from the IDP altogether, BastionZero responds immediately, revoking their access rights. This automatic access withdrawal fortifies your organization's security, ensuring that no unused or unnecessary access lingers.

With this dynamic relationship between BastionZero and your IDP/SSO systems, access rights remain fluid and responsive to changes in roles, groups and overall user status. This not only streamlines the centralized access management process but also reinforces the principles of RBAC, ensuring a continuously accurate representation of your organization's access landscape.

This synergy between BastionZero and your IDP/SSO systems optimizes the onboarding process, ensures swift and secure offboarding and significantly enhances the overall security of your infrastructure. It's an elegant solution that promotes a more secure, compliant and manageable IT environment, marking a significant stride in the world of access management.

Mitigating Privilege Creep

With just-in-time (JIT) access, users are granted access rights precisely when they need them, and these rights are revoked as soon as the need passes. This approach not only minimizes the attack surface area but also ensures that users have just enough access to perform their tasks—nothing more, nothing less.

By ensuring that access rights are granted only for the duration of specific tasks or roles, JIT access provides an effective mechanism to prevent privilege creep. When a user moves to a different role, their access rights can be adjusted accordingly in real-time, ensuring that they don't retain unnecessary privileges.


As the rate of digital transformation accelerates, the need for robust, flexible and efficient access management solutions has never been greater. BastionZero's approach to centralized access management, combined with its advanced security features, offers a compelling solution for the modern engineering leader who wants to make onboarding and offboarding an easy affair.

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BastionZero connects teams to resources and requires no additional infrastructure to deploy or manage. It is the first—and only—cloud-native solution for trustless access providing multi-root authentication while maintaining zero entitlements to your systems.

With BastionZero, you can reclaim your architecture from over-privileged third parties and ensure that the right people have access to the right resources at just the right time—every time.

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