Achieving Cloud Security, Compliance and Protection 

As the month of October and the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) comes to an end, we wanted to take a look back on the evolution of cybersecurity and this year’s theme (Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.) to provide insight on Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and how RiskForesight supports enterprises. 

Created in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), what started as a modest effort to remind Americans to update their anti-virus twice a year or back up their data more than once in a blue moon, has now evolved into a joint initiative where government and private sector come together to increase awareness in major cyber issues of today where individual’s data is a more valuable resource than oil.

Citizen’s awareness and responsibility into their own devices, both at home and in the workplace is important. Everyone should become familiarized with the knowledge and the resources needed to combat cyberthreats. Even more essential, is the need for enterprises to search for effective measures to “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” in order to protect the privacy and proprietary information of its workers. With cloud now at the forefront and rapidly expanding, we’d like to share a few ways CSPM can help businesses achieve NCSAM’s 2019 plea to “Own IT. Secure IT. and Protect IT.”  

Own IT 

Not too long ago, corporations used to run all of their own servers, in their own data centers—it was their physical equipment, as opposed to using cloud providers’ for apps and servers. With the digital transformation, few companies “own” all of their IT assets anymore. Part of this transformation is the steady increase in the adoption of cloud environments. By next year, one-third of organizations will run more than 60 percent of their workloads in the public cloud, according to a survey from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). When businesses transfer their workloads into the cloud, keeping the control and visibility of all workloads across different information silos such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform can become a challenge. 

CISOs and other C-level executives are more often than not being held accountable for the security incidents that result from a lack of control and visibility into hybrid complex multi-cloud environments. RiskForesight offers full-stack visibility into cloud infrastructure, platforms, applications and data in a one-stop-shop in order to facilitate a CISO’s job of Owning IT. 

Secure IT

With enterprises’ wide adoption of cloud infrastructures, companies’ classified information can be in jeopardy if the key components of effective risk management, like configurations and access controls, are mismanaged. That’s exactly what happened in the Capital One breach. Cloud workloads are perfectly safe as long as there are continuous security and compliance posture management safeguards in place.  

Caveonix’s RiskForesight implements a risk management continuum with its Detect, Predict, Act modules. The Detect, Predict, and Act continuum offers robust protection for applications and their workloads with an active defense including continuous, automated monitoring and risk posture analysis.

Protect IT

One of NCSAM’s timely messages this year is “If you Collect It, Protect It.” With a rise in data breaches, regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have become a necessity in order to hold businesses accountable for their security mishaps. CEOs and board-level executives now more than ever, need to find better ways to protect their customers’ data by complying with such regulatory laws. While GDPR and CCPA are fairly recent measures adopted by the government to help safeguard citizens’ right to privacy, they are not the only laws that businesses should comply with in order to Protect IT. Regulations like the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) are just a few others that have been around for a while and which must be followed by financial entities and healthcare organizations. 

To ease the process of compliance management and navigate through these and others regulating measures, RiskForesight tracks how businesses are meeting the requirements of compliance through proper configuration and hardening process management, which ultimately promotes a continuous compliance posture on a proactive basis so that organizations don’t fail any compliance checks and rechecks.  

At the end of the day, there is a total loss of visibility and control anytime companies have an environment where they don’t “own” 100 % of the assets. Instead of “owning” all the equipment (which is no longer feasible today) companies instead have to “own” the mission and priority of security while staying compliant with regulations such as GDPR, CCPA and others to create safer hybrid cloud environments and protect both their valuable assets and their customer’s right to privacy.