Identity & Access Management— without the burden of effort
Securely manage access to Stax and AWS with speed.
What is AWS Identity and Access Management?
AWS Identity and Access Management is a feature that comes as standard with all AWS accounts. It is designed to provide you with a fine level of control over the resources and services that individual users and user groups are able to access. You can use it to grant access to different AWS accounts and to manage the permissions that are assigned to each account. With advanced Identity and Access Management, AWS also gives you the ability to control access to specific service APIs and resources using configurable AWS IAM policies.
How can Stax help with AWS identity and access management?
Stax makes it easy for you to control all Stax and AWS access management settings from one central interface. With detailed authentication logs maintained by default, you can easily monitor all user login activity with our AWS-native Cloud Management Platform. Stax also supports federated logins using your existing IAM provider, simplifying the task of setting up and configuring the AWS Identity and Access Management service. For companies that are in the process of migrating to an AWS Cloud environment, the ability to use an existing IAM provider can save a considerable amount of time and expense.
What are the key features of Stax’s Identity and Access Management service?
Stax’s Identity and Access Management service has a number of key features that make it easy to use and configure, and very secure too:
Hosted in the Stax Security account — Because the Stax and AWS Identity Service is hosted in the default Stax Security account, it can only be accessed by authorized administrators who have access to this account.
Full authentication logging — Keep track of all login attempts with detailed authentication logging, which is enabled by default when you start using Stax.
Central control — Manage AWS account access and permissions for individual APIs/services from one intuitive interface.
Support for federated logins — If you wish to continue using an existing identity and access management provider, you can do so easily with the support for federated logins that Stax provides.
User groups — Users can be organized into groups, enabling you to quickly assign permissions to multiple individuals.
Every aspect of the Stax IAM tool has been designed with security and ease of use in mind.
What kind of support is available when using the tool?
We provide full technical support to all of our customers, ensuring that help is always on hand when you need it.
How do I get started?
If you would like to find out exactly how Stax works and what capabilities it has to offer, you can request a demo right now. In addition to advanced AWS Identity and Access Management, Stax provides a full suite of automation and configuration features for your Amazon Cloud environment.
Easily assign user roles and permissions
By collecting multiple Stax users into User Groups, you can configure their AWS permissions simultaneously. This enables flexible, fine-grained permissions control that can closely align with business functions. Users can sign in to AWS accounts via the Stax Console using roles assigned to them by their administrator.
Log in via Stax or bring your existing identity provider
Stax streamlines access by accommodating the IAM provider you already use. Keep things simple for your users, and more secure for your organization.
Easily balance team collaboration while adhering to essential security standards. Stax offers a convenient method for ensuring team members can only access the AWS accounts and Stax actions they require. Manage from a central location to keep access under control, and ensure there’s a record with full authentication logging enabled by default.
Proactively manage and reduce AWS cloud risk
Stax makes security a no-brainer.
What makes Stax the most secure AWS foundation available?
As the only native Cloud management platform for AWS, Stax has an unfair advantage when it comes to implementing security protocols in the Amazon Cloud. Stax uses tenant isolation to provide the most secure environment for your apps and services. Amazon recommends the use of tenant isolation for optimal security, and with our management software, you can easily follow their recommendation whilst taking advantage of the most effective AWS native security tools available. By maintaining an individual AWS Organisation for each customer, we keep your data safe and secure.
What are Stax's key security features?
With Stax, all components and data in the Cloud are sorted into groups, based on required protection and vulnerability to external threats. In this way, data and resources with similar requirements are placed into the same security zone, creating a structure that minimizes the potential entry points available for attackers to exploit. Stax also provides continuous monitoring of API and console usage, with any potential issues flagged for our engineers to investigate. If you take AWS security as seriously as we do, you will find that Stax offers the most effective security solution for all the data, apps, and services that your business deploys in the Cloud.
Why is security so important when using AWS?
Cloud platforms make it easy for businesses to deploy highly available distributed apps and services but they also pose security challenges that need to be addressed. Because a public Cloud environment such as AWS is always connected to the Internet, you need rock-solid security to keep your data safe at all times. Fortunately, AWS security features are very effective and with Stax to help you monitor and maintain them, you can ensure that your data in the Cloud benefits from the highest level of protection.
What kind of support is available for the Stax security tools?
As AWS management and configuration experts, we are able to provide full technical support to your business from the moment you start using Stax and the AWS security monitoring tools it has to offer. You can raise new support cases and manage existing cases from within your Stax console, making it very easy for your team to get the help they need whenever they encounter an issue that they are unable to resolve.
How do I get started?
If you would like to try our AWS Cloud security tools for yourself and discover exactly how Stax works, please feel free to request a full demo today. Our team will be delighted to help you explore all of the capabilities that Stax offers and to answer any questions you may have about our native AWS Cloud management software.
Secure accounts from day one
Stax Account Assurance automatically applies security controls to all AWS accounts within a customer's Organization, making them more resilient and resistant to external threats right from day one. Stax enables and configures AWS services like AWS Organizations, Amazon GuardDuty, AWS Config and AWS CloudTrail to achieve this.
Guardrails for your safety
AWS Service Control Policies are used to specify the maximum available permissions for all AWS accounts in an AWS Organization. This allows you to ensure all accounts are within organizational access control guidelines. With these guardrails in place, you can refine your permissions to suit your business.
Secure user access your way
Stax makes managing user access simple. With the Stax Identity Broker (IDAM), configure your team access to Stax and your AWS accounts, using your existing Identity Provider or directly through Stax. Govern who accesses what with permissions and Role-based Access Controls.
Stax aligns to your organization's technology risk management framework.
What is risk management and compliance in cloud security?
Cloud security risk management is a three-part process. The first part involves the identification of all potential risks that arise from your organization’s activities in the Cloud. The second part involves the classification of these risks according to their severity. Once all risks have been identified and classified, you can move on to the third part of the process — addressing the risks identified with measures designed to mitigate them in the most effective manner possible.
What are Stax’s key risk management and compliance features?
Stax risk management tools have been designed to enable organizations to quickly and easily implement their existing IT risk management frameworks in the Cloud. Automated patterns allow you to implement effective security protocols without adversely affecting new apps and services’ delivery and deployment speed in your AWS Cloud environment. Our software also features continuous monitoring tools that will alert your IT team whenever a change to your Cloud configuration could potentially impact the risk profile you have chosen to adopt. As a native AWS solution, Stax will help your business use AWS compliance tools and risk management tools as they were intended to be used, without dealing with the level of complexity often associated with such tools.
What kind of support is available for the Stax risk management tools?
We are committed to ensuring that all of our customers are able to benefit fully from the capabilities of our Stax risk management tools. From the adoption process onwards, our technical support specialists will be here to help whenever you may need them. You can create new support cases directly from within the Stax console, providing you and your team with easy access to expert assistance whenever you need it.
How do I get started?
If you’re ready to find out more about how Stax works and what it can do for your business in terms of risk management and AWS compliance management, we would like to invite you to request a demo. Once you have seen exactly what our software can do, you will be in a much better position to decide whether it is the right solution for your organization.
Proactive and reactive risk controls work together to reduce risk
Companies in the cloud face an ongoing challenge: how to protect critical infrastructure and customer data while still allowing teams to deliver at pace? Stax allows for safe processes without impacting delivery velocity using automated patterns offering a high level of security and lowering the impact of human error. Guardrails also help govern what teams can access and the actions they can perform, in line with best practices. Stax also allows businesses to establish continuous monitoring for risk items, called Rules, which alert your team when a change impacts your risk posture.
Achieve compliance standards
Confidently maintain adherence to relevant industry risk and compliance standards like PCI, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) standards, the CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark, and the AWS Well-Architected Framework. Standards can be targeted to either your entire organization or to relevant resources. When standards are updated, so is Stax, with full versioning capability.
Stax offers continuous monitoring across all risk items, alerting you in near real-time when your resources begin to fail compliance checks, enabling rapid issue resolution and minimizing risk exposure. Make changes to your AWS resources, knowing you will be alerted immediately if your risk posture is impacted. Real-time Rule Alerts incur no extra cost and are a standard feature of Stax.
Customize risk and compliance checks for what matters
Just because it’s not in the CIS standard, it doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Create custom risk and compliance checks targeting items that are particularly impactful for your risk posture. Set up Targeted Rule Alerts so when issues need addressing, the right people receive the right alerts in the right way: by email, Slack, Microsoft Teams or via a webhook.
By the time you see the bill it can often be too late. Cut wastage. Track spend. Make informed business decisions.
What is AWS bill shock?
AWS operates on a pay-for-what-you-use pricing model, which makes it a scalable ecosystem for highly distributed applications and services. However, if you don’t keep a close eye on your development and operational activities, it can be easy to exceed your budget. Unfortunately, many businesses don’t realise they have overspent until they receive their bill at the end of the month — hence the term “AWS bill shock”.
How can Stax help with AWS cloud cost management?
Stax is a highly capable cloud platform with AWS cost management and optimization tools that give you complete control of your spending. With instant access to accurate summaries of current and predicted spending, along with automatic alerts when daily activity exceeds expected levels, you can fix any issues as soon as they arise.
What are the key aspects of Stax’s AWS cloud cost management feature?
Stax offers several AWS cost optimization and cost management solutions:
Spending snapshots — Snapshots of your actual spending as well as your predicted spending, based on the current level of activity.
Cost allocation — Allocate your budget by project, team or account, or at the organizational level.
Automated alerts — If you exceed your set budget in any area, you will receive an automatic alert, enabling you to address the problem immediately rather than waiting until the end of the month.
Daily/weekly reports — Detailed summaries of your usage make AWS cost optimization a much easier proposition.
Wastage reports – Receive a report with targeted recommendations for reducing wasted AWS spend.
Whatever type of business you are running, our cloud cost management solutions will help you to take full control of your AWS spend.
What kind of support is available when using the cloud cost management feature?
Stax provides ongoing, real-time reporting and guidance to reducing AWS spend. Stax also offers tailored Customer Success workshops covering best practices and advice when using Stax and AWS.
What is wastage in AWS?
Wastage is any unnecessary AWS cost. If you are paying for resources and services that are not essential for your business activities, this can be considered as wastage.
What are some causes of wastage in AWS?
The causes of wastage in AWS include the storage of data that is no longer required, using instances with more functionality than is needed and idle resources that are only occasionally used for development purposes. An effective AWS cost optimization service can eliminate all these types of wastage and more.
How do I get started?
If you would like to learn more about our cloud cost management feature to see if it is a good fit for your business, you are welcome to request a demo at any time. A Stax team member will be happy to explain all the details to you, answer any questions you may have and arrange for a full demonstration.
Eliminate AWS wastage
If you don’t feel in control of your cloud spend, you’re not alone. In our experience, most organizations are wasting 10-35% of their AWS spend without realizing. If that’s you, Stax can help get it under control. Receive an alert when you’ve overspent on your budget, along with advice for fixing the problem. Right-size your infrastructure, reserve EC2 upfront, remove infrastructure you’re not using. Spend your money where it matters.
No more guesswork
Gain total visibility across your organization’s AWS accounts and resources, complete with snapshots into actual and predicted spend, along with data on tax, credits, savings plans, RI purchases and support costs.
Take charge of cost allocation
Cost allocation can be a nightmare. Stax provides full transparency on AWS cost attribution giving you the data to pivot quickly when needed. Allocate spend across your organization and by team, project, AWS account, service or resource tag.
Make bill shock a thing of the past
Don't wait for the bill to make a difference— take action early with daily or weekly reports summarizing your organization’s AWS usage. Make sure everyone hears the good or bad (mostly good) news with configurable alerts, delivered by email, Slack, Microsoft Teams or via a webhook.
Fix cost spikes quickly
Receive an automated alert when your daily run rate exceeds the average. Then you can investigate the issue and cut back before it becomes a problem.
We asked AWS to recommend a partner that could provide management tools to meet our requirements, and Stax was the best fit. Stax provides foundational and account management capabilities but also helps with cost management and compliance monitoring. It's a package of integrated functionality that I haven't seen in other standalone solutions."
Director of IT
The Stax solution was terrific for our Foresight AI build. It cut development time and costs and provided us with the exact secure data environment we needed for the project and our clients.
Exclusively built for AWS, Stax is the only native cloud management platform, globally, with a rich and robust feature set to help businesses migrate, build, operate, and maintain a thriving AWS ecosystem.
Through prefabricated frameworks, Stax establishes a best practice cloud foundation, taking care of all critical components and fundamentals to help organisations of all sizes unlock the opportunities of AWS faster.
How does Stax work?
Stax employs a serverless design for maximum reliability. It is built on factories that allow you to easily create new accounts, define new workloads, deploy new solutions and monitor AWS activities across your whole business. With a fully documented SDK, it can quickly be integrated with your own systems and code patterns. Please browse our website for more details on how Stax works, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
What are the key features of Stax as an AWS Cloud Management Platform?
Stax’s native cloud management platform provides:
Prefabricated foundations that accelerate implementation
Powerful automation (that simplifies tasks and helps build the platform faster)
Process repeatability that removes human error
Prefabricated dashboards that can be customised for specific needs
Off the shelf proactive/real-time alerting
Pre-packaged capabilities for a range of uses from industry and regulatory standards to experiential bundles
Cost control, tagging and simplified administration
What makes Stax unique from other Cloud Management Platforms?
Stax is the only native AWS cloud management platform available. Engineered to meet the AWS Well-Architected Framework standards, it has all the features and functionality you need to build an efficient AWS ecosystem for your apps, services and data storage needs. It was built from the ground up to provide developers and administrators with the tools they need to create and manage AWS solutions in the most efficient manner possible.
How do I know if Stax is right for my business?
If you are currently using AWS cloud services or planning to migrate to an AWS ecosystem in the near future, Stax is almost certainly the best solution for your business. It will help you reduce the amount of time spent on deploying new workloads and automate many essential tasks, leaving your development team free to focus on creating innovative new cloud-based solutions.
How can Stax help my business?
Stax can help your business in many ways. Reduced running costs, ease of compliance, rapid deployment of new solutions, the automation of common tasks and fast migration strategies are just some of the ways our AWS Cloud Management Platform has helped businesses in a wide variety of industries.
How do I get started?
If you would like to find out more about the capabilities Stax has to offer, please request a demo now. A member of our team will be in touch with you shortly, to make all the necessary arrangements.