Staying Compliant with Cloud Security Governance

Pallavi Khopkar

Imagine you’re embarking on a cross-country road trip with your friends. You’re all excited, mapping out the route, and packing snacks for the journey. But before you hit the road, you decide to check the car’s safety features – seat belts, airbags, and brakes. Sure, it takes a few extra minutes, but you know it’s crucial for a smooth and safe trip.

Cloud security governance is like those safety checks for your road trip. It’s not about slowing you down or dampening your excitement; instead, it’s about ensuring a secure and seamless journey. Just like you wouldn’t ignore safety features in your car because they might seem tedious, you shouldn’t overlook security measures in your cloud environment. They’re there to protect you from potential hazards and ensure that your journey – or in this case, your operations in the cloud – goes off without a hitch. So, think of cloud security governance as your roadmap to a secure and successful journey in the digital landscape.

Understanding Cloud Security Governance

Cloud security governance encompasses the policies, procedures, and controls implemented by organizations to ensure the secure and compliant use of cloud services. In regulated industries, where data integrity and regulatory adherence are crucial, cloud security governance serves as the pillar for operational resilience and trustworthiness.

As part of the governance framework, organizations need to review the controls, processes, and documentation required to satisfy regulatory and industry expectations. Manage security, risk, and compliance practices at scale by employing automation to enforce control requirements, and to help streamline governance activities across your company’s AWS accounts. This should be complemented by regular monitoring and reporting to ensure compliance.

Key Objectives of Cloud Security Governance

Data Protection
: One of the primary objectives of cloud security governance is to safeguard sensitive data from unauthorized access, disclosure, or tampering. Hi-Trust companies must implement robust encryption, access controls, and data loss prevention mechanisms to protect customer information and intellectual property.

Compliance Adherence
: In the regulated industry, compliance with industry standards, regulations, and contractual obligations is non-negotiable. Cloud security governance frameworks help ensure adherence to relevant regulations such as GDPR, PCI DSS, HIPAA, and specific guidelines set forth by regulatory bodies like the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Risk Management
: Effective risk management is essential for identifying, assessing, and mitigating security threats and vulnerabilities within the cloud environment. Cloud security governance practices enable organizations to conduct risk assessments, implement security controls, and establish incident response protocols to minimize the impact of potential security incidents.

Incident Response
: Despite preventive measures, security incidents may still occur. Cloud security governance frameworks include robust incident response plans that define roles, responsibilities, and procedures for detecting, responding to, and recovering from security breaches or disruptions. Timely incident response is crucial for minimizing the impact on operations and maintaining customer trust.

Cloud Security Governance provided by Comprinno

Comprinno believes in providing managed services to customers focusing on the 4Ps – People, Processes, Product, and Partnerships.

Each member of our Managed Services team holds
AWS SysOps certification. Furthermore, Comprinno team includes AWS-certified Security Specialists, Solutions Architects, and DevOps Professionals who are well-equipped to provide professional services.

Comprinno has a SaaS product, Tevico, which helps in cloud governance for many of our customers. Tevico offers both standard and advanced security assessments. The standard assessment includes a Security Posture Score, historical scores, categorized findings by severity, and actionable remediation suggestions. The advanced assessment evaluates AWS account security across multiple compliance standards such as GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS, RBI, ISO 27001, SOC2, etc. There are 20 compliance frameworks against which the AWS accounts can be assessed. Tevico provides compliance status reports and analyzes potential vulnerabilities and threats.

Tevico’s WAF log dashboard provides a cost-effective solution for visualizing WAF logs, eliminating manual dashboard creation and ensuring constant accessibility. Logs are directed to S3, and Athena queries extract data for efficient visualization. Key benefits include comprehensive insights into WAF requests, granular analysis for identifying threats, geographic visibility of web traffic origins, bot detection capabilities, and performance monitoring to ensure security measures do not impact user experience.

There are several other features that Tevico provides for security governance. Flagging of public S3 buckets, access analyzer reports, aged access keys are some of the other governance objectives that can be fulfilled via Tevico.

As part of processes, Comprinno’s managed services team does regular security reporting, patching and conducts periodic Well-Architected Framework reviews.

In conclusion, cloud security governance serves as the essential safety checks for your journey in the digital landscape. Reach out to us at Comprinno to embark on a secure journey with our comprehensive cloud security governance solutions. 

About Author

Pallavi Khopkar is a seasoned IT professional with over 14 years of experience in multiple domains and technologies. She currently heads the Center of Excellence initiative at Comprinno and is responsible for skill development, fostering collaboration among diverse teams, and ensuring the implementation of best practices to achieve excellence in the organization’s core areas of expertise.

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