Getting visibility into and control of complex or distributed cloud environments is not only a matter of investing in a CSPM (although that can be part of the answer). There are a number of additional approaches that can help. Let's look at a number of possibilities.
The most obvious step is using a CSPM to view and manage resources in a centralized location. There's no doubt that having everything in one place makes it easier to monitor and control your cloud environment. And a CSPM can scale as your environment changes, while helping to automate processes. CSPMs are a maturing technology that can be very effective in bringing a complex environment into compliance and the alerts and remediation offered help to harden security posture. The CSPM market includes Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Orca Security, Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management, Lacework, and Wiz, among others.
On the visibility front, cloud monitoring tools like Auvik, Datadog, Centreon, or Amazon CloudWatch and Azure Monitor provide metrics and logs that can be used to identify issues and optimize performance. They can alert you to potential problems before they become critical.
As noted, leveraging automation is going to be important when dealing with complex cloud estates. Automating common tasks will reduce the time and effort required to manage your cloud environment and can help create consistency across your systems. Tools like AWS CloudFormation, Google Cloud Deployment Manager, or Azure Resource Manager can automate the deployment and management of cloud resources.
But beyond the tools are the security best practices that can also help bring things under control and help narrow down the search for issues when they occur. They include role-based access control, network segmentation, and encryption and they should help reduce the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches.
Tried and true architectural approaches can also help, including containerization and microservices. These approaches simplify the management of complex or distributed cloud environments and break down applications into smaller, independent services, making issues easier to manage.
There is probably no single tool that can completely unify cloud compliance reporting across all cloud providers and compliance frameworks. That's a pretty big ask (but a good one).
But there are, of course, tools that streamline compliance reporting and make the process easier to manage across multiple cloud environments and compliance standards. These compliance management platforms can help identify compliance gaps, enforce policies, and generate compliance reports.
Prisma Cloud enables you to monitor, view, and report on cloud infrastructure health and your compliance posture. You can create reports with both summary and detailed findings of security and compliance risks and it also offers a Compliance Dashboard and the ability to create custom compliance standards.
Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management looks to automate conformance to regulatory requirements and security best practices. It provides compliance posture management for AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, and Kubernetes and claims to reference over 50 compliance frameworks. It also enables customization of cloud compliance with its proprietary Governance Specification Language.
Touting 65 out-of-the-box frameworks, CIS Benchmarks, and custom compliance checks, Orca Security is an agentless solution that works across multiple cloud platforms. It exposes and prioritizes issues so that compliance gaps can be addressed strategically.
Another option is Chef Compliance, which leverages certified, curated audit and remediation content and aims to make sure assets are always in compliance with CIS benchmarks and DISA STIGs. It supports multiple cloud providers and compliance frameworks.
Perhaps lesser-known, CloudCheckr helps maintain security and compliance in the cloud and monitors cloud infrastructure against dozens of standards including PCI DSS, HIPAA, CIS, and NIST.
Cloud One - Conformity, from Trend Micro, works toward security, compliance, and governance of cloud infrastructure with real-time monitoring and auto-remediation features for AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
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I believe we need to cover the SDLC from start to end as much as possible while ensuring that this does not mean too many dashboards and also keeping the cost of development in mind.
1. IDE Checks: This is the 1st step in shift left approach. Many open source tools integrate easily with IDE (VSC, Eclipse) etc and allow developers to do a check even before they commit code on local branch. We have leveraged SonarLint (https://www.sonarlint.org/) which covers a vast spectrum of programming languages and IDEs.
2. SAST: Many open source tools available in this space which do a check around security vulnerability, security hotpots etc. We use SonarQube.
3. SCA: Check against open source security vulnerabilities and license compliance is very important. WhiteSource is what we use here.
4. IaaC scan: We need tools to manage and analyze infrastructure as code (IaC) scan results across platforms and be able to resolve the issues.
5. Monitoring: Once application is deployed into production, we need tools to monitor it live and be able to check for vulnerabilities and other issues which happen when 100's of users are using the application from across the globe.
There are other areas like DAST, IAST which become important depending on size, complexity and business needs.
It depends on the budget, business and technology portfolio of the enterprise.
If you predominantly web-based and service architecture-oriented technology portfolio, Veracode set of tools (Green-light, Veracode SAST, Veracode DAST) is a good option. Veracode is good if you have enterprise-level DevSecOps transformation. But Veracode may not work well for legacy systems.
I have also used Microfocus Fortify effectively. Just on SCA, universally used Sonarqube with standard plugins is I prefer as it is easy to use. All these tools are very used to integrate into DevSecOps Application Pipeline.
Everything in technology focuses on People, Process & Technology. What binds these together is business requirements and understanding the needs of each Line Of Business. Often each Line of Business requires completely different requirements, but what tools help you meet that unified vision and executive dashboard reporting to measure your KPIs.
Why so much Fortify? It has been around 17 years, while it is old it is constantly evolving. It is the only Hybrid (Cloud & On-Premise Solution), it provides the flexibility needed for most customers. There is a reason why over 50% of Cigital (Synopsys) business is managing Fortify and not Synopsys tool suite. Deloitte, Accenture, IBM & Saltworks makes a lot of money managing Fortify. One thing you won’t hear from Gartner, Fortify SAST & DAST surpasses their competitors’ revenue by over 70%.
The detailed answers below are a good summary. How are teams pulling all these tools together and orchestrating in terms of agile stories and feedback loops? Azure DevOps, JIRA, ServiceNow, Other?
Depends on budget and the larger approach to security, compliance, and risk. There are many solutions and approaches out there but many limit the ability to scale DevSecOps beyond an experiment and justify to business leaders. Standard response: SCA, SAST, DAST, IAST. Many of these tools are disconnected and some slow down performance quit a bit, especially your traditional household names. What are your goals and what are your constraints to developing a program?
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