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Last updated: 2024-01-15 14:40:06
    Cloud Access Management (CAM) is a web-based Tencent Cloud service that helps you securely manage and control access permissions to your Tencent Cloud resources. Using CAM, you can create, manage, and terminate users (groups), and control the Tencent Cloud resources that can be used by the specified user through identity and policy management.


    If you have multiple users managing different Tencent Cloud services such as CVM, VPC, and TencentDB, and they all share your Tencent Cloud account access key, you may face the following problems:
    Your key will be easily compromised because it is shared by several users.
    You cannot restrict the access from other users and your service will be vulnerable to the security risks caused by their maloperations.

    Basic Concepts

    Root account When you sign up for a Tencent Cloud account, the system creates a root account identity for you to log in to Tencent Cloud services. Tencent Cloud records your usage and bills you based on the root account. The root account has full access to the resources under it by default and can create sub-accounts and set permissions for them.
    Sub-account A sub-account is created by and belongs to the root account. Every sub-account has a definite ID and identity credential.
    Identity credential An identity credential includes a login credential and an access certificate. The former refers to a user's login name and password. The latter refers to Tencent Cloud API keys (SecretId and SecretKey).
    Resource A resource is an object manipulated in Tencent Cloud services, such as a TencentDB for MongoDB instance.
    Permission It is an authorization that allows or forbids users to perform certain operations. By default, the root account has full access to all resources under the account, while a sub-account does not have access to any resources under its root account.
    Policy It is a syntax rule that defines and describes one or more permissions. By default, a sub-account has no access to Tencent Cloud services or resources. To grant a sub-account such access, you need to create a CAM policy.


    For more information on access management, see CAM Overview.
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