We are a solution provider and Orca Security is one of the products that we implement for our clients. Most of them are start-ups and scale-ups that are building their software on the cloud platform. If they don't have cloud services, they cannot use Orca, so that's the first requirement. They need to use a cloud platform like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud.
Then to use Orca, they need to make a connection with the cloud platform's API. This means that they don't need to install any software or hardware. At that point, the site-scanning technology in Orca Security will check for vulnerabilities in the environment, and then check whether there are any configuration issues.
Our clients can see the progress in compliance after they implement Orca. For example, there is a weekly report to show how things change. Most of the time, our clients start with perhaps 30% compliance. It gives you the option to select which standards you want to comply with, for example to the ISO standard, or the GDPR standard. Orca Security also has its own standards for specific cloud platforms.
You can see that the security improves by changing the configuration and tightening your cloud set-up. Similarly, when you start reducing the vulnerabilities that you have, the number of alerts you are receiving will decrease compared to what it was in the beginning. It takes some time to achieve a healthy state of cloud security but once a baseline is achieved, you will immediately see the problem if there is a critical alert. When a new vulnerability appears, it can be solved as soon as possible.
Orca's platform provides an agentless data collection facility that collects information directly from the cloud using APIs, with zero impact on performance. This is something that is very important because now, there is a need to have full visibility of your cloud security every day. One cannot rely on only a penetration test once a year, because our customers are start-ups and scale-ups that are really innovating. They are deploying code almost every day. They make changes to the configuration of their clouds using automated tools like Terraform, and they really need to have a solution like Orca to have the guarantee and the confidence that there is nothing new and critical being configured or added to that environment. For me, it's a no-brainer to have Orca running in your cloud.
By using the agentless approach, our clients avoid the need to deploy and maintain multiple tools. Also, if you're using an agent then you need to have it installed. This means that you have something running in your production environment, so that can have an impact.
Secondly, if you forget to deploy the agent on the new machine, you will not know that machine is there. You will not have a complete picture, and that's an important thing to consider. With Orca, you will have a full inventory of all of your assets, your configuration, your network setup, even assets that are not internet-facing. The old-school agent approach will not work, because even if you have the agents installed, you will still need to have something in the cloud doing scans. You will also need something that will look at the configuration of your cloud platform, which is not possible if you are just installing an agent on a VM.
Prior to Orca, our clients had considerably less coverage for their environments. When we compared the results of Orca against a typical vulnerability scan using Tenable, for example, the classical solutions only found 20%. This is because Orca is scanning behind the security configuration of your cloud provider, which is possible with integration using the API.