Gain Control with Unified Cloud Security

What is a Unified Cloud Security Platform?

Rapidly moving cloud environments often rely on point security solutions that complicate cloud security management and result in coverage gaps. IT architectures in the cloud are becoming more dynamic, diverse, and distributed. As a result, security teams are required to rapidly cover a larger and more complicated attack-surface area, but often with fewer resources. 

According to TAG Cyber, a unified cloud security platform replaces complex, unmanageable suites of IT security tools with multiple security controls and capabilities in a single platform. 

Unified cloud security supports multiple cloud workloads and technology form-factors. In terms of connectivity, it will work across any combination of public private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments to prevent, detect, and mitigate cyberattacks and exploits. These cloud security platforms can rapidly scale and adapt at cloud-speed—elastically—to improve visibility, close coverage gaps, and address compliance issues automatically. This holistic approach to cloud security provides greater benefits to the organization with fewer resources and in less time. [1]

[1]TAG Cyber, Enterprise Buyer’s Guide for Unified Cloud Security and Compliance, 2020

Why do Organizations Need Unified Cloud Security?

In 2021, 92% of organizations report having a multi-cloud strategy, and 82% report having hybrid-cloud architectures. [2] As a result, the adoption of multi-cloud environments has been confirmed to be part of the ever-growing list of challenges faced by IT security teams. Cloud and Hybrid IT environments are introducing new attack surfaces for potential cyberattackers, but unfortunately, point security products and legacy security solutions can’t keep up.

Unified cloud security offers increased IT security control over cloud environments with a single platform to create policies, monitor compliance, alert security response teams, view reports, investigate cyberattacks, audit events, and more. A unified security platform that’s built for the cloud can scale security to match your cloud footprint, keep track of all assets—even those that only last for moments—and move seamlessly between clouds without requiring manual intervention or reconfiguration. 

With a unified cloud security platform in place, Security Operation Center (SOC) teams empower their organization to accelerate innovation in the cloud, while gaining the total visibility and security control they need to keep critical assets secured.

[2]Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report, March 2021

What are Unified Cloud Security Controls?

Today’s cloud infrastructures are extremely complex. Increasingly, business cloud environments are comprised of both hybrid and multi-cloud environments. This combination increases security challenges by reducing productivity, increasing costs, and creating gaps in security controls. 

As you move from the datacenter and across clouds, your security platform should encourage growth and not hold you back. Unified cloud security controls means having one set of policies and rules that you create in a central location that can be applied uniformly across all target environments–automatically. 

A unified cloud security platform should include controls for:

Asset Discovery and Inventory

Eliminates blind spots in complex, dynamic environments with automated discovery and inventory of your assets, operating systems, workloads, user accounts, and more. Includes:

  • IT asset discovery and security assessment
  • IT asset inventory monitoring
  • Continuous inventory update

 

Vulnerability Management

Defends against malicious exploits and stay compliant with continuous vulnerability assessments of your cloud configurations. Includes:

  • Configuration security
  • Vulnerability and exposure alerting
  • Network access configuration monitoring
  • Privileged access configuration monitoring

 

Threat Management

Keeps you ahead of adversaries and attacks with unified threat management tools that cover your blind spots in the cloud, detect indicators of compromise, and minimize exposures after the attack. Includes:

  • Integrity and drift monitoring
  • Indication of compromise detection
  • Security event management
  • Event-based threat detection

 

Network Security

Secures, manages, and monitors your cloud networks and improves security awareness across distributed and multi-cloud environments. Includes:

  • Network and NAC configuration monitoring
  • Network security/firewall policy management
  • Network traffic monitoring
  • Traffic visualization
  • Microsegmentation

 

Compliance Management

Applies policies and rules for CIS benchmarks, regulatory requirements, including PCI, HIPAA, and SOX, and industry best practices uniformly across multiple cloud providers and accounts. Includes:

  • Configuration compliance assessment
  • Administrative activity auditing
  • Operational activity auditing
  • Continuous compliance monitoring
  • Real-time alerting with remediation guidance
  • Compliance automation capabilities

 

Accelerate Evaluation of Unified Cloud Security Platforms

TAG Cyber wrote the “Enterprise Buyer’s Guide for Unified Cloud Security and Compliance” without vendor preference or bias, which makes it a powerful tool for determining the right cloud security solution for your organization. The guide provides:

  • A framework for cloud security and compliance unification
  • Key requirements for cloud container security, server workflow security, and cloud infrastructure workflow security
  • Questions to ask cloud security vendors and the answers you should look for to frame your evaluation and vendor discussions
Get the Buyer’s Guide

Unify Security Across Public, Private, Hybrid and Multi-cloud Environments

Cloud workloads, cloud migrations, lift-and-shift projects, and new cloud applications all come with their own share of security challenges. Whether you’re on AWS, Azure, GCP, or other public or private clouds, your organization’s cyber security depends on securing each service, server, workload, and container while maintaining total network and asset visibility, assessment, and management. Unified cloud security allows you to do all of this faster and with greater confidence. And an automated platform frees your SOC team to focus on investigations, emerging threats, audit requirements, and other mission critical activities.

The Fidelis CloudPassage Halo® platform is cloud-first and DevSecOps-ready. It provides unified cloud security posture management (CSPM), cloud workload protection platform (CWPP), and container security. Fidelis Halo conserves cloud budgets, simplifies operations, accelerates security to the speed of cloud, and gives you control over your most distributed, diverse, and dynamic infrastructures.

Learn More

Fidelis Halo is an automated, unified security platform that keeps up with cloud-speed deployments. It also provides integration capabilities and controls for all IT assets to achieve continuous compliance across the enterprise.