Tgix Cloud Security Posture Management Hub

DevSecOps: Security compliance in the AWS Cloud

Cloud security posture is one of the top concerns across IT, operations, legal, and other stakeholders today. It’s especially key in highly regulated industries subject to HIPAA, HITRUST, PCI, SOC-2, FedRAMP, CMMC and financial regulations, but in today’s high-risk environment, nearly everyone is looking to manage security and mitigate risk.

CSPM (cloud security posture management) can be expensive in many senses, creating an additional challenge for small to mid-sized enterprises with relatively smaller teams. Security standards and compliance regulations can change quickly, new risks can come out of nowhere, and teams are tasked with juggling cyber security risk management and constant monitoring and assessment along with other maintenance and development responsibilities.

According to Gartner, “Nearly all successful attacks on cloud services are the result of customer misconfiguration and mistakes.” But catching errors and mapping out possible gaps is hard without the ability to pattern match from multiple executions or keep track of the frequent additions and changes to AWS cloud services.

Below is a collection of resources of cloud security best practices, checklists, and more. And of course, our team has extensive experience in cloud security and compliance and the ability to apply learnings from multiple clients to all of our partners. From assessment and advisory services to complete DevSecOps cloud security management, we’re here to support your team, help ensure security and compliance, and free up resources to work on your own differentiated offerings — contact us any time to see how we can help!

What Is Cloud Security Posture Management?

Businesses around the world today need to comply with an ever-increasing roster of regulatory requirements to protect their customers, with highly regulated industries such as healthcare and finance facing especially stringent requirements just to keep the doors open much less remain competitive. But any company, even those without regulatory requirements, can be at risk for phishing, hacking, or other malicious attacks.

Cloud security posture management is the continuous process of cloud security improvement, optimization, adaptation, assessment, and monitoring to reduce the likelihood of a successful attack.

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Creating a secure and compliant AWS environment needs to combine a multi-layer approach with a variety of building blocks and controls available in AWS’s ecosystem. Our security best practices whitepaper will walk you through step by step.

Cloud Security Compliance Checklist

While every situation may have unique requirements or complications, our Cloud Security Best Practices checklist is a good place to start. For more complex circumstances or with any questions at all, contact us and we can steer you in the right direction! 
  1. Control access to the AWS console Use SSO or IDMS, with MFA. Enforce password policies, and different roles & policies for the creation & deletion of resources.
  2. Control your perimeter and network security Design a scalable VPC with a layered subnet architecture to accommodate multiple public and private subnets. Use NACLs to control the type of traffic allowed in any subnet. Limit the use of public IPs.
  3. Control your systems security Use hardened AMIs – from the AWS Marketplace, or your own. Use Security Groups at the instance level to control access to known services from trusted users on known hosts. Use encryption everywhere you can – both for data at rest (S3 buckets, EBS and EFS volumes) and data in motion (using TLS endpoints).

Top 24 Cloud Security Posture Management Tools for AWS

As companies place an increasing premium on data security, especially in highly regulated industries, keeping up with the options to maintain your cloud security posture and meet security regulations such as SOC2, HIPAA, and more can be time consuming. 

There are many tools available to optimize and streamline your efforts. From security to authentication to monitoring, integrating best-in-class tools will help your team keep your company’s data secure and protected.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but these are some of  the tools we use frequently.

How We Can Help Improve Your Cloud Security Posture

Tgix’s Cloud Assessment & Advisory Services provide strategic guidance to organizations at all stages of their cloud journey: from determining what public cloud is the best fit for your business and application, to changes in operations and getting the most out of your cloud infrastructure so that you can focus on delivery and innovation, to maintaining your security posture and aligning with regulatory compliance.

Our expert assessments can help you avoid costly mistakes, ensure that your environment adheres to AWS’s Well-Architected Framework, and provide you with best-practices recommendations and optimization strategies for critical infrastructure and operational issues.

Our Cloud Assessment & Advisory Services include a holistic review of the current business operations, technology, and hosting infrastructure. A key goal of these services is to provide practical cloud strategy and recommendations for better manageability, availability, security, performance, and cost optimization. The engagements equip our clients with valuable knowledge and insights, resulting in actionable plans and roadmaps.

Reach out any time for a no-commitment brainstorm or to see how we can help!