Identity-Aware Proxy

Use identity and context to guard access to your applications and VMs.

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Use identity and context to sign in to apps and VMs

Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP) can help you control access to your cloud and on-prem applications and VMs running on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). IAP works by verifying user identity and context of the request to determine if a user should be allowed to access an application or a VM. IAP is a building block toward zero trust access, an enterprise security model that enables every employee to work from untrusted networks without the use of a VPN (e.g. Google's BeyondCorp implementation).

Simpler for cloud admins

Add secure web access to an application in less time than it takes to implement a VPN. Let your developers focus on their application logic, while IAP takes care of authentication and authorization. Only authenticated users are granted access to the application.

Simpler for remote workers

End users point their web browser to an internet-accessible URL to access IAP-secured applications. No VPN client is required.

Context-aware access

Administrators can create granular access control policies for applications hosted on GCP, other clouds, and on-premises based on attributes like user identity, device security status, and IP address. IAP is a key component in Google Cloud’s context-aware access solution.

Secure access administration

Configure a single layer of security to manage user access to cloud applications. Administrators can improve security with Security Key Enforcement to prevent phishing.

Features

Controls access without VPN

Manage access to your apps and VMs based on a user’s identity and context of the request (e.g. device status, location) without VPN. Powered by Google Cloud’s context-aware access.

Saves admin time

Faster to deploy than a VPN. Once deployed, IAP provides a single point of control for managing user access to web applications.

Works with cloud and on-premises apps

IAP can protect access to applications hosted on GCP, other clouds, and on-premises.

Saves end user time

Faster to sign into than a VPN. No VPN client login.

Deploys in minutes

Let your developers focus on their application logic, while IAP takes care of authentication and authorization.

Protects your apps and VMs

With the new TCP forwarding feature, IAP can now protect SSH and RDP access to your VMs hosted on GCP. Your VM instances don't even need public IP addresses.

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Pricing

There is no charge for using IAP. However, when used with Compute Engine, the required load balancing and firewall configuration may incur additional costs. Read more about load balancing and protocol forwarding pricing in the Compute Engine pricing guide.

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