Evaluating the Importance of Cloud Native Security

Abhinav Anand | June 29, 2022 | 51 views | Read Time : 05:00 min

Importance of Cloud Native Security
As time goes on, an increasing number of businesses worldwide are taking their approach to digital transformation a step farther than their competitors, who are yet to explore the digital front as effectively. As a result, from corporate regulations and financial limits to compliance penalties and new attack vectors, security teams face increasing difficulties when businesses move and scale their apps and services across multiple clouds. The creation of cloud-native applications has also increased as more businesses ramp up their digital transformation initiatives.

Despite not having a clearly defined boundary to secure, contemporary distributed networks based in the cloud require network security. In addition, more sophisticated observability and security capabilities are also necessary due to the rising development and deployment of cloud-native apps.

Organizations must understand what security entails for each new layer of the application stack in order to better secure cloud-native applications. They must also understand that the entire development pipeline requires a security management toolkit.

In a perfect world, all cloud-native applications would secure every one of their endpoints and restrict access to only services or users with valid credentials. Every request for resources from an application should specify who is making it, their access role, and any privileges they may have.

The difficulty of keeping track of these assets, as well as the constantly changing nature of cloud resources, adds to the complexity. As they scale up, cloud-native solutions like serverless present new difficulties. In particular, serverless apps frequently have hundreds of functions, making it challenging to manage all this data and the services that utilize it as the program grows.

Due to this, resources must be immediately recognized as soon as they are produced and tracked through all modifications until they are no longer available.

Despite the complexity of cloud-native applications, the fundamentals of cybersecurity remain the same. Beyond the necessity of end-user training, it appears that the five pillars of zero trust are strikingly similar to the essentials of cybersecurity:
  • Network
  • Application workload
  • Identities
  • Data
  • Devices (physical security)

Although using the cloud benefits businesses, security flaws, mistakes, and incorrect configurations are common. Moreover, different approaches leave security weaknesses. Lack of insight and end-to-end context about risk further hinders your capacity to safeguard the cloud. Additionally, as cloud expansion and the rate of agile software deployment rise, the task is getting steadily more complicated. And nobody wants to give up growth or speed in the name of security.

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Article | July 19, 2022

Our security research team prepared to explain a real attack scenario from the black box and white box perspective on how a vulnerable AWS Lambda function could be used by attackers as initial access into your cloud environment. Finally, we show the best practices to mitigate this vector of attack. Serverless is becoming mainstream in business applications to achieve scalability, performance, and cost efficiency without managing the underlying infrastructure. These workloads are able to scale to thousands of concurrent requests per second. One of the most used Serverless functions in cloud environments is the AWS Lambda function. One essential element of production raising an application is security. An error in code or a lack of user input validation may cause the function to be compromised and could lead the attackers to get access to your cloud account. About AWS Lambda function AWS Lambda is an event-driven, serverless compute service which permits the execution of code written in different programming languages and automates actions inside a cloud environment. One of the main benefits of this approach is that Lambda runs our code in a highly available compute infrastructure directly managed by AWS. The cloud provider takes care of all the administrative activities related to the infrastructure underneath, including server and operating system maintenance, automatic scaling, patching, and logging. The user can just use the service implementing their code and the function is ready to go. Security, a shared pain From a security perspective, due to its nature to be managed by the cloud provider but still configurable by the user, even the security concerns and risks are shared between the two actors. Since the user doesn’t have control over the infrastructure behind a specific Lambda function, the security risks on the infrastructure underneath are managed directly by the cloud provider. Using AWS IAM, it’s possible for the user to restrict the access and the permitted actions of the lambda function and its components. Misconfiguration on permission over IAM roles or objects used by the Lambda function might cause serious damage, leading attackers inside the cloud environment. Even more importantly, the code implemented into the Lambda function is under user control and, as we will see in the next sections, if there are security holes into the code, the function might be used to access the cloud account and move laterally. Attack Scenarios We are going through two attack scenarios using two different testing approaches: black box and white box testing, which are two of the main testing approaches used in penetration testing to assess the security posture of a specific infrastructure, application, or function. Looking at the Lambda function from a different perspective would help to create a better overall picture of the security posture of our function, and help us better understand the possible attacks and the related risks. Black box vs white box In Black box testing, whoever is attacking the environment doesn’t have any information about the environment itself and the internal workings of the software system. In this approach, the attacker needs to make assumptions about what might be behind the logic of a specific feature and keep testing those assumptions to find a way in. For our scenario, the attacker doesn't have any access to the cloud environment and doesn’t have any internal information about the cloud environment or the functions and roles available in the account. In White box testing, the attacker already has internal information which can be used during the attack to achieve their goals. In this case, the attacker has all the information needed to find the possible vulnerabilities and security issues. For this reason, white box testing is considered the most exhaustive way of testing. In our scenario, the attacker has read-only initial access in the cloud environment and this information can be used by the attacker to assess what is already deployed and better target the attack. In this attack scenario the attacker found a misconfigured S3 bucket open to the public where there are different files owned by the company. The attacker is able to upload files into the bucket and check the files configuration once uploaded. A Lambda function is being used to calculate the tag for each file uploaded, although the attacker doesn’t know anything about the code implemented in the lambda. We can be pretty confident there is an AWS Lambda function behind those values. The function appears to be triggered when a new object is created into the bucket. The two tags, Path and Size, seem to be calculated dynamically for each file, perhaps executing OS commands to retrieve information. We can assume the file name is used to look for the file inside the OS and also to calculate the file size. In other words, the file name might be a user input which is used in the OS command to retrieve the information to put in the tags. Missing a user input validation might lead an attacker to submit unwanted input or execute arbitrary commands into the machine. In this case, we can try to inject other commands into the file name to achieve remote code execution. Concatenating commands, using a semicolon, is a common way to append arbitrary commands into the user input so that the code would execute them if the user input isn’t well sanitized. Mitigation We have seen the attack scenario from the black box and white box perspectives, but what can we do to mitigate this scenario? In the proposed scenario, we covered different AWS components, like S3 buckets and AWS lambda, in which some security aspects have been neglected. In order to successfully mitigate this scenario, we can act on different levels and different features. In particular, we could: Disable the public access for the S3 bucket, so that it will be accessible just from inside and to the users who are authenticated into the cloud account. Check the code used inside the lambda function, to be sure there aren’t any security bugs inside it and all the user inputs are correctly sanitized following the security guidelines for writing code securely. Apply the least privileges concept in all the AWS IAM Roles applied to cloud features to avoid unwanted actions or possible privilege escalation paths inside the account. Let’s have a look at all the points mentioned above in detail on how we can enforce those mitigations. Disable the public access for the S3 bucket An S3 bucket is one of the key components in AWS used as storage. S3 buckets are often used by attackers who want to break into cloud accounts. It’s critical to keep S3 buckets as secure as possible, applying all the security settings available and avoiding unwanted access to our data or files. For this specific scenario, the bucket was publicly open and all the unauthorized users were able to read and write objects into the bucket. To avoid this behavior, we need to make sure that the bucket is available, privately applying the following security settings to restrict the access.

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IBM's Cloudburst: A Credible Step Forward in the Cloud Computing Arena

Article | July 8, 2022

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Article | June 9, 2022

Elastic announced the launch of Elastic Security for Cloud, extending the capabilities of the existing Elastic Security offering, which included SIEM and endpoint protection, to incorporate cloud risk and posture management and cloud workload protection. The new solution allows enterprises to manage their security posture for cloud-native and hybrid environments with infrastructure detection and response (IDR) and a machine learning offering that can detect known and unknown threats in cloud environments. This approach means that enterprises can detect and respond to malicious activity in the cloud as soon as possible to minimize the risk and damage caused by intrusions. Addressing cloud complexity The release comes as modern enterprises are struggling to secure cloud environments. Research shows that not only are 76% of organizations using two or more cloud providers, but also that 35% of organizations have more than 50% of their workloads in the cloud. This means for many organizations, protecting the cloud attack surface is now vital to maintaining operational stability. In other words, the complexity of cloud deployments has created a need for solutions with cloud detection and response capabilities, so that enterprises can respond to threat actors who are targeting this new attack surface. “The world has rapidly transitioned to the cloud and chosen operations over security. Cloud infrastructure is stood up and torn down at a blazing rate and many different teams are deploying these cloud instances. Just answering the question, ‘Am I good?’ is an increasingly complex question to answer for CIO/CISOs,” Mike Nichols, vice president of product for Elastic Security Elastic’s answer to monitoring these environments, is a cloud posture management and IDR solution that can improve security teams visibility over external threats. The cloud security market Elastic Security is competing in the global cloud security market, which researchers valued at $40.8 billion in 2021 and anticipate will grow to $77.5 billion by 2026 as enterprises attempt to keep up with the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, and rise in bring your own device (BYOD) and (choose your own device) policies. In the realm of cloud security, one of Elastic’s main competitors is Splunk, a cloud and observability monitoring platform that can monitor public clouds, apps, services, on-premise data centers, and edge services. Last year, Splunk announced it had received a $1 billion investment from Silver Lake. Another competitor in the market is Wazuh, an XDR and SIEM tool designed for protecting endpoints and cloud workloads with vulnerability detection, log data analysis, workload protection, and container security. Wazhu currently has more than 10 million downloads per year and is used by a range of companies including Verifone, Walgreens, Rappi, Grubhub, Intuit, and more. Although, one of the key differentiators between Elastic Security is that the solution is built on the Elastic Search Platform, with analytics, SIEM, endpoint protection, XDR and cloud security all offered as part of one single offering.

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Database Management in the Cloud Computing Era

Article | May 20, 2022

Database Management in the Cloud Computing Era A cloud computing database is ideally a service that is built, deployed, and delivered via a cloud platform. A cloud platform as a service (PaaS) delivery model allows organizations, end-users and applications to store, manage and retrieve data using the cloud. When seen from a structural and design perspective, a cloud database is not very different from one that operates its business using its own on-premise servers. However, ever since big data has entered space, database management has become a little more complex. In addition to all the traditional and structured data, we also have semi-structured and unstructured data coming in from almost all directions. In recent times, there has been significant adoption of cloud platforms, infrastructures and services. The idea of the blend of cloud technology with database services has garnered more demand with respect to management. Cloud databases, which arealso widely termed Database-as-a-Service (DaaS), offer various added options for organizations to choose. With the current rate of adoption, experts have a strong feeling that DaaS will, just like any other "as-a-service", will become the standard solution for all highly sensitive and mission-critical data. How Can Cloud Database Management Help Your Business? Every organization has the constant need to manage its data in the most efficient way possible. A cloud database effectively fulfills all the needs of any organization with respect to data, ranging from keeping the information secure, accurate and consistent for resource utilization and optimal performance. Cloud data management is constantly changing the way organizations think about data. The cloud helps bring in the required versatility, security, and professional data management assistance that is required. For any business to survive and succeed, it should ensure that the data is healthy so that everyone in the organization has access to the data they need, when they need it. "Line-of-business leaders everywhere are bypassing IT departments to get applications from the cloud (also known as software as a service, or SaaS) and pay for them similar to a magazine subscription. And when the service is no longer required, they can cancel that subscription with no equipment left unused in the corner." - Daryl Plummer, Gartner analyst Effective Strategies forDatabase Management in Cloud Computing Using a cloud-based database ensures that it is easy for your database to grow along with your needs and requirements, in addition to scaling up or down on-demand to accommodate specific peak-workload phases. Ideally, before procuring a cloud data management system, it is essential to have a solid strategy that would suit best with your organization's ecosystem and, at the same time, would also help you getthe most out of the system you select. Exploring the Best Practices for DBM in Cloud Computing With the idea ofeffectively developing, monitoring and managing database infrastructure, there are various methods that organizations can use. These days, organizations also have the option for a ready-made database management system or picking a tailored solution as per their requirements. Keeping all these aspects in mind, it is also essential that these organizations enroll themselves in the best practices followed to ensure optimum results are achieved. Some of the best practices for database management in cloud computing are mentioned below: Before moving to the cloud, build a robust data management architecture. Give cloud data integration requirements the first priority. Regardless of the data's platform or location, govern it comprehensively. Use encryption and VPN to protect data in transit. Automate database management tasks to keep track of them. Why Is Cloud DBMS the C-Suite’s Pick? While it is more than evident that in today's age and time, data management is one of the most crucial components of any organization, it is also right up the area of value addition for all the top executives in an organization. Every industry relies vastly on data and its management, with the significant shift towards cloud servicestaking place constantly several organizations and the c-suite are now evaluating what cloud services bring to their table, especially on the data front. Once the core pain points are assessed and the c-suite gets the picture of how cloud database management systems would help them become more efficient, there wouldn't be any other obvious choice. 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Conclusion With the next big things being data and the cloud, how can an amalgamation of both be wrong? Having said this, everyone willhave their own share of concerns and questions. But with what is being built and functions being worked upon, this space is bound to bring in numerous opportunities. So when the world is slowly makingthis shift, it's time you reconsidered, if you haven't already, before you get overwhelmed at the helm of data! FAQ What Are the Best Features Available in Cloud Database Management? While there are numerous features that one can leverage using Cloud Database Management, the top 5 of its features are listed below: Elasticity Scalability High availability Easy data reduction Redundancy Which Is the Most Popular Cloud Database? One of the most popular and widely used cloud databases is the Microsoft Azure cloud database. It provides services in computing, networking, databases, analytics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. In Cloud Computing, What Is Database Management? Cloud data management is a technique for managing data across cloud platforms, either in combination with or instead of on-premises storage. Disaster recovery, backup, and long-term archiving can benefit from using the cloud as a data storage tier. In addition, resources can be acquired as needed using cloud data management.

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Preview of the Lightbits Cloud Data Platform Now Available on the AWS Marketplace

Lightbits | August 02, 2022

Lightbits, the first software-defined NVMe data platform for any cloud, today announced a preview of Lightbits on Amazon Web Services (AWS). When used with Amazon Storage Optimized Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances that leverage Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built-in AI accelerators or AWS Graviton, Lightbits delivers enterprise-grade, resilient block storage that is easy to use and provides greater cost-efficiency compared to other cloud-based block storage solutions. It offers great value for enterprise organizations who want to right-size their block storage on AWS while boosting performance and operating IO-intensive database and analytics applications. Lightbits delivers cloud-native and redundant NVMe/TCP storage with an unmatched combination of enterprise-rich data services, resiliency, high performance and scalability that simplifies infrastructure management and operations for database and analytics applications. It’s easy to use and install with AWS Marketplace or AMI-based setup, automated upgrades, and automated healing capabilities. Additionally, it features compression, thin provisioning, and auto-scaling allowing for maximum capacity planning efficiency–no more worrying about running out of space or allocating the correct volume capacity or performance. Furthermore, Lightbits meets the growing demands of VMware and Openstack workloads, while also enabling full cloud-native persistent storage integration for Kubernetes. For IT organizations with a hybrid implementation, Lightbits offers one unified storage namespace whether the data resides on-premises or on AWS. “With Lightbits on AWS, we can deliver cloud-native, software-defined, and NVMe-powered solutions customers need to enhance their operational efficiency and performance, Lightbits on AWS delivers unmatched scalability, enterprise-rich features, and performance while delivering significant cost savings in CAPEX and OPEX. Customers can deploy the most demanding applications without worrying about running out of IOPs or storage capacity.” Amir Michael, Chief Technology Evangelist at Lightbits A Lightbits cluster will be significantly more cost-efficient and more performant than other popular block storage alternatives on the Public Cloud. The Lightbits advantage is one of efficiency, economics, and performance. Customers will pay only for what they use, not for what they provision. Lightbits meets applications demands with over 1.5M/volume IOPs, snapshots and clones, and high-speed restore are included with no per-use fees. “Intel processors provide the foundation for many cloud computing services deployed on AWS. Using Lightbits on Amazon Storage Optimized EC2 instances fueled by Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer IT organizations a faster, more secure, and cost-effective cloud storage platform to accelerate innovation. Enterprise IT organizations require solutions to operate in a hybrid, multi-cloud environment so we are excited to be working with Lightbits to extend their solution portfolio to the AWS Marketplace,” said Niv Zilberman, Vice President and General Manager, Datacenter & AI Business Innovation Office at Intel. About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors of the NVMe® over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments.

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Osterman Research Survey Finds 84% of Companies Have Only Rudimentary Capabilities for Securing Their Cloud Infrastructure

Ermetic | August 05, 2022

Ermetic, the cloud infrastructure security company, today released the findings of a research study conducted by Osterman Research on the cloud security maturity level of organizations in North America. The survey found that 84% of respondents were at an entry level (one or two) in terms of their cloud security capabilities and only 16% ranked at the top two levels. Meanwhile, 80% of companies reported they lack a dedicated security team responsible for protecting cloud resources from threats. The survey also revealed the top five priorities that all highly mature companies have in common when it comes to cloud security. Osterman Research surveyed 326 organizations in North America with 500 or more employees and who spend a minimum of $1 million or more each year on cloud infrastructure to establish an industry baseline against the Ermetic Cloud Security Model. The model was designed to provide organizations with a lightweight framework for determining their maturity level (1 - Ad Hoc, 2- Opportunistic, 3- Repeatable, 4- Automated & Integrated) across multiple domains, while allowing them to develop a specific, actionable roadmap for advancing their capabilities. “One of the most unexpected findings that emerged from this study was the lack of cloud security maturity among the largest enterprises surveyed, Less than 10% of companies with more than 10,000 employees reported being at the top two maturity levels, while nearly 20% of smaller enterprises have achieved repeatable or automated & integrated cloud security capabilities.” Michael Sampson, senior analyst for Osterman Research and author of the report Other Report Highlights Demonstrable ROI: 42% of companies investing more than 50 hours per week on cloud security are achieving the highest levels of maturity (Levels 3 and 4) Bigger not better: Only 7% of companies with more than 10,000 employees were at level three or four in terms of maturity, compared with 18% for companies with between 2,500 and 9,999 employees, and 24% for companies with 500 to 2,499 employees Overall, maturity is low: 84% of companies were at level one or two (41.5% Ad Hoc and 42.5% Opportunistic) and only 16% at level three or four (11.1% Repeatable and 4.9% Automated & Integrated) More clouds doesn’t equal more maturity: the percentage of companies that ranked at the highest levels of maturity (3 & 4) decreased with multicloud usage. For example, the number of organizations achieving Repeatable or Automated & Integrated security capabilities dropped nearly 50% when going from one (10%) to three (6%) cloud platforms Shared blindspot: 81% of organizations lack full visibility into all resources that are directly accessible from the Internet “This survey makes two things very clear. Without the right tools, spending lots of time and resources on cloud security will not necessarily make you more secure,” said Shai Morag, CEO of Ermetic. “And, by focusing on the right priorities you can achieve a very high level of security maturity regardless of your organization’s size.” Five Habits of Highly Mature Companies Organizations that reported focusing on the five following security priorities achieved the highest levels (3 or 4) of maturity: Detecting general cloud misconfigurations (e.g., unencrypted resources, MFA) Achieving the ability to track and investigate activities performed by human users and applications/service accounts across the cloud infrastructure Establishing Just-in-Time (JIT) access for developers / DevOps / Cloud operations teams to cloud infrastructure environments Evaluating and reporting on alignment with security best practices (e.g., AWS well-architected, CIS) and compliance standards (e.g., NIST, ISO, SOC2, PCI-DSS) Achieving least-privilege for identities in the cloud (both human identities and service accounts) About Ermetic Ermetic helps prevent breaches by reducing the attack surface of cloud infrastructure and enforcing least privilege at scale in the most complex environments. The Ermetic SaaS platform provides comprehensive cloud security for AWS, Azure and GCP that spans both cloud infrastructure entitlements management (CIEM) and cloud security posture management (CSPM). The company is led by proven technology entrepreneurs whose previous companies have been acquired by Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks and others. Ermetic has received funding from Accel, Forgepoint, Glilot Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Qumra and Target Global.

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