Staying ahead of the competition in digital business means that companies must continually innovate and deliver improved services and products to the market. The speed and agility of public cloud has proven to be a cost effective, flexible platform, but it has brought with it new security challenges. The cloud has matured and can be very secure, if configured correctly. It also can be riskier because it’s connected and accessible, to the good guys and bad actors alike.
How hard can it be to set up security for public cloud? Well, there are over 100 AWS services and 120 Azure products, each of which needs to be configured securely. There are also over 300 Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks for AWS that give guidance on how to configure AWS services. Eventually there will be similar CIS benchmarks for Azure and Google clouds, but for now, you are on your own. Securing and then managing hundreds of configurations for each cloud service you run is ridiculously hard.
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When configuration changes are made to applications and systems in multi-cloud and container environments, they can expose your data and applications to new threats, increasing your chances of being breached. For the average enterprise, a data breach can cost $4M according to Ponemon1. Violations can also damage your company’s brand and lead to regulatory actions, or get you fired. That’s why cloud configurations must be properly set, monitored, and tested to mitigate risk. We’ll show you how BMC SecOps Policy Service simplifies the process for you. Take this free trial and see for yourself.
Keep in mind that driving rapid innovation and application delivery while maintaining security and compliance is a balancing act that can’t be solved by simply “throwing” more people at the problem. The number of configurations and frequency of change are just too much. Even if you could add people, there’s a cybersecurity skills shortage that would make scaling up difficult.
You need automation that can continuously monitor settings to ensure that apps and data are protected. That requires embedding automated compliance and security in cloud operations and DevOps processes.
4 ways to automate and innovate securely with SecOps Policy Service
1. Reduce security risks across multi-cloud environments that depend on secure configurations. The lifespan of resources in multi-cloud environments may be very short. Discover how to analyze and quickly address risks in cloud resources and containers. The dashboard easily shows compliance status and provides insight into policy violations and impacted resources to rapidly find and fix noncompliant services.
2. Eliminate blind spots in multi-cloud and container technologies. These technologies introduce services and objects that can create security blind spots. For example, AWS accounts may have services that must be consistently managed to meet industry and organizational standards. Containers and container hosts, which may appear to be secure, can have openings for unintended access. Automation can address these challenges.
3. Identify and fix vulnerabilities early in the software development lifecycle to reduce bottlenecks in the agile/DevOps processes. By putting security processes into the DevOps process with policy checks, you can discover if third-party libraries might have known vulnerabilities that need to be fixed before apps are released to production.
4. Enforce standard and easily customized policies based on your needs. By implementing standards-based policies, such as CIS or OWASP, or your own customized policies, you can support initiatives for accelerated development while also ensuring security and compliance.
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1 Ponemon Institute, 2016 Cost of a Data Breach Study, June 2016↩