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Google Cloud Platform Administration by Ranjit Singh Thakurratan

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Identity and access management

IAM allows you to define users and roles and help control user access to GCP resources. GCP offers Cloud IAM, which allows you to grant granular access to users for specific GCP resources based on the least privilege security principle.

Cloud IAM is made up of members to whom access is granted. The following diagram shows the different kinds of member types and also roles, which are collections of permissions. When a member is authenticated and makes a request, Cloud IAM uses roles to assess whether that member is allowed to perform an operation on a resource:

Let's briefly talk about different types of member ...

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