Authenticate Gmail™ Users with AWS® Servers

Authenticate Gmail users to AWS servers

Is it possible to authenticate Gmail™ users with AWS® servers? Said another way, can somebody use their Gmail or G Suite™ credentials to login to AWS® Linux®, and Windows® servers? These services exemplify two of the most widely used in their respective IT fields. AWS is the market leader in cloud infrastructure, and while Gmail trails Microsoft’s Office as a productivity platform (which includes Outlook), it is still a very popular email solution. So, it is easy to surmise that organizations and their users are most likely leveraging both on a day-to-day basis.

Is Authenticating Gmail Credentials with AWS Servers Possible?

Gmail AWS authenticationWith the proper tooling, authenticating Gmail users with AWS servers is a very real possibility. A modern cloud directory, called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, is doing exactly that and much more for tens of thousands of organizations. Resulting, IT admins have the ability to manage user access to a plethora of on-prem and web-based resources because the directory services is platform neutral and delivered from the cloud. 

How Does It Work and Why Is It Helpful?

G suite integrationBecause JumpCloud is tightly integrated with G Suite, Google Cloud™ Platform, and other Google Apps™, this modern approach to identity and access management (IAM) is changing the game for IT organizations. Instead of requiring multiple identity stores or an on-prem Microsoft® Active Directory® instance, IT admins can centralize their identity management in the cloud. That means there is no need for VPNs, and IT admins can also enforce system management tasks in the form of GPO-like Policies from anywhere there is a network connection.

This is all very helpful as it gives IT admins the ability to simply integrate their cloud directory with on-prem and cloud IT resources like G Suite, AWS, Office 365, systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), WiFi, file servers like Box™ and Samba/NAS devices plus more with one set of credentials used to access all of their resources. Those credentials can include a username and password, SSH keys, and multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Takeaways of Authenticating Gmail with AWS

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Ryan Squires. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/authenticate-gmail-aws/