Last updated at Wed, 14 Dec 2022 14:00:01 GMT

Setting your own standard

Today’s regulatory environment is incredibly fractured and extensive. Depending on the industry—and the part of the world your business and/or security organization resides in—you may be subject to several regulatory compliance standards. Adding to the complexity, there is overlap among many of the standards, and they all require considerable resources to implement properly.

This can be a difficult endeavor, to say the least. That’s why many companies have dedicated compliance personnel to (as much as possible) push workloads and resources to adherence to cloud security standards. It’s important to build a plan to keep up with changing regulations and determine what exactly they mean for your environment.

From there, you can specify how to incorporate those changes and automate cloud posture management processes so you can act fast in the wake of an incident or breach. Deploying a cloud security posture management (CSPM) can ease the administrative burden associated with staying in compliance.

Complex compliance frameworks

There’s no reason to think your organization needs to go about all this compliance confusion on its own, even with skilled in-house personnel. There are regulations you’ll need to adhere to explicitly, but oftentimes regulatory bodies don’t offer a solution to track and enforce adherence to standards. It can be difficult to build that compliance framework from scratch.

That’s why it’s important to engage a CSPM tool that can be used to build in checks/compliance standards that align to one or more regulations—as noted above, it's often a combination of many. It's also likely you’ll want to supplement with additional checks not covered in the regulatory frameworks. A capable solution like InsightCloudSec can help you accomplish that.

For example, The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires organizations to incorporate data protection by design, including default security features. To this point, InsightCloudSec can help to enforce security rules throughout the CI/CD build process to prevent misconfigurations from ever happening and govern IaC security.

A pre-configured solution can erase the complexity of setting up your own compliance framework and alert system, and help you keep up with the speed of this type of regulatory pace. The key is knowing if the solution you’re getting is up to date with the current standard in the location in which it’s required.

When choosing a solution, look for one that delivers out-of-the-box policies that hold cloud security to high standards, so your controls are tight and contain failsafes. For example, a standard like the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix (CSA CCM) helps you create and fortify those checks so that your customers or users have confidence that you’re putting cloud security at the forefront. The InsightCloudSec CSA CCM compliance pack provides:  

  • Detailed guidance of security concepts across 13 domains—all of which follow Cloud Security Alliance best practices.
  • Alignment with many other security standards like PCI DSS, NIST, and NERC CIP.
  • Dozens of out-of-the-box policies that map back to specific directives within CSA CCM, all of which are available to use right away so you can remediate violations in real time.

A few questions to keep in mind when considering a solution that aligns to the above criteria:

  • Does the solution allow you to export and/or easily report on compliance data?
  • Does the solution offer the ability to customize frameworks or build custom policies?
  • Does the solution allow you to exempt certain resources from compliance requirements to minimize false positives?

Automating enforcement

Real-time visibility is the key to automating with confidence, which is a critical factor in staying compliant. Given the complexity of today’s hybrid and multi-cloud environments, keeping up with the sheer number of risk signals is nearly impossible without automation. Automation can help you safeguard customer data and avoid risk by catching misconfigurations before they go live and continuously auditing your environment.

As aptly noted in Rapid7’s Trust in the Cloud report, automation must be tuned to internal risk factors like trustworthiness of developers and engineers in day-to-day maintenance, trust in automation to set guardrails in your environments, and your organization’s ability to consistently and securely configure cloud environments. Continuous monitoring, enforcement, reporting—and, oh yeah, flexibility—are keys to success in  the automated-compliance game.

Automated cloud compliance with InsightCloudSec

It can be very easy for things to fall between the cracks when your team is attempting to both innovate and manually catch and investigate each alert. Implementing automation with a solution like InsightCloudSec, which offers more than 30 pre-built compliance packs available out-of-the-box, allows your teams to establish standards and policies around cloud access and resource configuration. By establishing a common definition of “good” and automating enforcement with your organizational standards, InsightCloudSec frees your teams to focus on eliminating risk in your cloud environments.

Get started now with the 2022 edition of The Complete Cloud Security Buyer’s Guide from Rapid7. In this guide, you’ll learn more about tactics to help you make your case for more cloud security at your company. Plus, you’ll get a handy checklist to use when looking into a potential solution.

You can also read the previous entry in this blog series here.