A cloud security risk assessment identifies, assesses, and implements key security controls in applications. It also focuses on preventing application security defects and vulnerabilities. Carrying out a cloud risk assessment allows an organization to view the application portfolio holistically from an attacker’s perspective. It supports managers in making informed resource allocation, tooling, and security control decisions. Conducting an assessment is an integral part of an organization’s risk management process.
The goal of Cloud security assessment is to provide a common interface and namespace that allows enterprises who are interested in streamlining their audit processes as well as cloud computing providers to automate the Audit, Assertion, Assessment, and Assurance of their infrastructure (IaaS), platform (PaaS), and application (SaaS) environments and allow authorized consumers of their services to do likewise via an open, extensible and secure interface and methodology.
The benefits to the Cloud Service Provider are to enable the automation of typically one-off labor-intensive, repetitive and costly auditing, assurance and compliance functions and provide a controlled set of interfaces to allow for assessments by consumers of their services.
We at ajnaa intend not to be prescriptive as to the mechanisms used to gather the data or how these interfaces are presented, but rather provide a consistent representation to the consumer and the tools they choose to utilize. We will focus initially on representative schema and data structures mapped to existing compliance, security and assurance frameworks.
Safety on the cloud relies on meeting a benchmark of industry best practices and incorporating tools and policies to support them. Cloud security assessments help companies identify vulnerabilities in their digital framework and how they’re managed before an attack can exploit them.
ajnaa cloud security specialists work with enterprises to:
· Map the entire architecture from endpoint to database
· Discover cloud-based applications in use by the workforce without IT approval
· Review configurations to ensure insider or external threats can’t infiltrate or alter virtual infrastructure
· Assess compliance within regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS)
· Evaluate resilience in accordance with static and dynamic workload requirements
· Implement solutions that support a dependable up-time and promote a better cyber security posture.
The resulting gap analysis report fuels an analysis-backed decision-making process to build improvements across the digital environment with a cost-effective and secure approach.
Benefits of a cloud security assessment
The cloud isn’t a ‘set it and forget it’ type of asset. Businesses need to continuously evaluate its safety and deploy a risk management policy that aligns a cyber security strategy with emerging trends.
Cloud security assessments leverage expert evaluations to discover vulnerabilities in a cloud architecture that could potentially be exploited and lead to a data breach.
By following a targeted road map, companies model a high- and low-level design to fit their unique needs based on the criticality and severity of their risks and recommendations from industry best practices.
· Assurance that corporate IT and cloud security policies are being enforced across all endpoints.
· Greater visibility into services, workloads and user interactions on the cloud.
· Offers specific and detailed recommendations to improve your overall cloud security posture.
· More secure internal and software-defined network infrastructure that’s optimized for resiliency.
· Improved data protection and privacy using the latest technology to comply with regulations like GDPR and PCI DSS.
· Clarified Identity and Access Management (IAM) protocols and guidelines.
Following the cloud security assessment, businesses are positioned to apply advanced services like penetration testing to further refine their cyber security posture.