IT infrastructure abstraction to the Internet and cloud, while allowing you to roll out applications faster, comes with a cost. It dims your visibility and control over the full scope of your server and desktop environments, applications, files and containers. For today’s digital security and compliance reality you need file integrity monitoring.
You might have firewalls on premises and swear by your VPN or endpoint protection but there’s still the vast part of your on-premise and cloud computing environments where security control and visibility, not to mention, compliance, is off your radar. Security tools that work in your datacenter do not transition well to the cloud, both in terms of security landscape coverage and resource requirements of these tools. When you consider that the cloud provider is only responsible for security and compliance up to the VM-running hypervisor or physical equipment level, there are likely to be some gaps in your cloud coverage.
Containers, for instance, in which you roll out applications on demand, can fall between the cracks in terms of overall enterprise security and compliance footprint. Containers are not advanced security environments, per se, so you want to make sure that your security policy extends to protect these container environments and the data in them.
File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) for Visibility, Control and Compliance
A best practice is to not only inspect files but keep the environment clean, whether it’s a web server or database, whether cloud-based or internally operated. Hence, file integrity monitoring – or the crucial ability to automatically know when file changes occur, and to inspect those changes for malicious activity, against a trusted baseline – is a critical part of workload protection.
A good FIM tool should monitor more than just the files and data stores containing sensitive data. It should also monitor configuration information and software native to the operating system, like registries, applications, containers, and libraries, as well as infrastructure components like the configuration of network and cloud devices, web servers, and firewalls. All this should be monitored in real-time.
Leading FIM tools should do the following:
1) Detect threats and prompt rapid response versus just logging incidents.
2) Reduce noise and SIEM infoglut management costs.
3) Inspect more than just files.
4) Inspire strategic DevSecOps thinking and service orchestration.
5) Reduce agent fatigue.
6) Comply with standards and regulations.
Cloud Workload Protection Platform
Atomicorp provides file integrity monitoring and workload protection for hybrid cloud environments. It brings an extension of open source advanced security to your Red Hat OpenShift containers and Kubernetes environments through leading file integrity monitoring and enterprise workload protection. Atomicorp OSSEC extensions are lightweight and as easy to roll out as your new apps, with a pre-engineered yet evolving DevSecOps discipline in their DNA.
Don’t let security and compliance trail behind as you roll out new application infrastructures, whether hosted on physical or virtual assets. More easily address security and compliance standards like NIST, PCI DSS, HIPAA, CMMC, and JSIG in these rapidly sprouting and increasingly virtualized hybrid cloud environments with Atomic OSSEC file integrity monitoring.
Find out more.
Read the file integrity monitoring whitepaper.
Explore your interest areas through the open source security (OSSEC) community. Register for discussions and guidance on zero trust networks, practical applications of OSSEC, file integrity monitoring, secure Kubernetes containers, and using OSSEC to create DevSecOps capabilities.
Hear the replay of the Nov. 17, 2020, webinar session, “The Importance of Visibility and Security in Cloud Environments.”