Painless NIST Cybersecurity Framework Reporting and Management for Public Cloud Computing Environments
The absence of a physical network boundary to the internet, combined with the risk of accidental exposure by users, increases the attack surface in the cloud by orders of magnitude. Thus, it is critical for organizations to develop an effective strategy to protect their public cloud computing environments.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) in 2014 through a collaboration between the government and private sector, as a framework to manage risks across cloud computing environments such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
While the foundations of the NIST CSF framework are based on standards and security best practices, it does not add regulatory requirements. Rather it references globally recognized standards for cybersecurity such as ISO/IEC 27001, ISA/IEC 62443, and COBIT 5. Applying this framework enables organizations to apply well-understood security best practices, and meet their obligations in the shared responsibility model of cloud computing to secure systems, networks, and users within the cloud computing environment.
For organizations using public cloud environments, adherence to both NIST CSF and the shared security model is a must. Fortunately, RedLock is here to help organizations meet both requirements.
The NIST CSF framework outlines the set of policy, business, and technological requirements for managing risk. It specifically focuses on key technological requirements in four key areas – Identify, Protect, Detect and Respond – and explains how they translate for managing risks within a cloud computing environment. For organizations unclear as to how to formulate and implement a cloud threat defense strategy, the NIST framework provides an excellent starting point The RedLock Cloud 360 platform has implemented these requirements as part of its standard reporting feature set, and is summarized as follows:
RedLock’s custom compliance dashboard enables organizations to create their control panel to view and manage NIST compliance, including a summary for all your public cloud computing environments. With RedLock, you can easily and quickly see the number of resources passing and failing compliances checks.
During an audit, organizations are asked to prove compliance for a given time period. This poses significant challenges in public cloud computing environments where users are constantly making changes without a security review. RedLock enables you to report on your current compliance posture, including NIST, and also maintains historical snapshots of your environment, enabling you to prove compliance for any past periods as well.
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