Cloud Security Review
The complexity of properly securing cloud environments, and the consequent misconfigurations, is one of the main causes of data breaches. According to many research studies, anywhere from 70-99% of cloud security failures result directly from customer misconfigurations around identity and access management, storage exposures, over-entitled roles or permissions, insufficient encryption, mismanaged credentials and porous network security rules.
With interconnected systems and workloads spanning on-prem and cloud infrastructures, exposure in one area can lead to lateral movement throughout the entire ecosystem. Excess permissions and unauthorised access provide pathways for privilege escalation and data exfiltration at scale.
This epidemic of preventable cloud misconfigurations calls for continuous reviews by qualified experts. Organisations cannot rely solely on cloud providers to lock down environments securely and many times, the default settings are not sufficient. Comprehensive audits of cloud infrastructure must accompany migration efforts to obtain security assurance and improve cloud postures over time.
The latest version of ISO 27001 outlines the processes required for the acquisition, use, management and exit from cloud services so configuring your cloud environment effectively must be a priority, particularly if your organisation requires ISO compliance. Razorthorn Security adheres to the CIS Benchmark.
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A Cloud Security Assessment Can Include:
Checking the configuration settings to ensure they align with security best practices and compliance requirements.
Access Controls Review
Evaluating the effectiveness of access controls to prevent unauthorised access to sensitive data.
Data Encryption Analysis
Assessing the encryption methods used to protect data both in transit and at rest.
Identity and Authentication Evaluation
Reviewing the identity management and authentication processes to ensure only authorised users have access.
Incident Response Planning
Assessing the cloud provider’s incident response plan and evaluating the organisation’s readiness to respond to cloud-related incidents.
Verifying that the cloud environment complies with relevant regulatory standards and industry specific requirements.
Third Party Vendor Assessment
If applicable, reviewing the security measures implemented by third party vendors within the cloud ecosystem.
Data Backup and Recovery Assessment
Evaluating the effectiveness of data backup and recovery processes to ensure data resilience.
Network Security Analysis
Assessing the overall network architecture and security controls in place to protect against cyber threats.
Review of Patch Management
Ensuring that the cloud environment is promptly updated with security patches to address vulnerabilities.
Specific Cloud Cybersecurity Reviews