May 26, 2022

Shortening the Time Between Cloud Misconfigurations and Remediation

Most organizations will experience at least one cloud misconfiguration in the course of their digital transformation... it's not an IF, but a WHEN. Here's how to act quickly when they do happen so you can minimize the damage.

Most organizations will experience at least one cloud misconfiguration in the course of their digital transformation... it's not an IF, but a WHEN. In fact, in a recent study it was found that almost three-quarters of organizations experienced a public cloud incident due to misconfiguration mistakes.

However, one of the best defenses that organizations have against misconfigurations is reducing the time between when a misconfiguration was created, when it was identified, and when it was remediated.

Being able to quickly identify these kinds of errors and take appropriate steps to remediate them quickly is usually the difference between a mistake and a bankruptcy-level breach. With this in mind, let's take a look at why misconfigurations are so easy to create in the first place and how DevOps teams can ramp up the time it takes to identify and remediate them... without creating a larger problem.

Cloud misconfigurations are stupid easy to create.

Cloud services like AWS allow teams to spin up and spin down thousands of compute instances in just a few clicks, which is great for DevOps teams who want to experiment with new technologies, but not so great when it comes to cloud misconfigurations.

Due to everyday human error, these common misconfigs can be created accidentally without any malicious intent by simply changing some values in the wrong section of a configuration file or forgetting to update an environment variable before deploying code changes. And before you know it, one little misconfig has opened up a network port or made an asset public, where it can live unnoticed and exposed for weeks or even months.

The importance of shortening the time from misconfiguration to remediation.

As we mentioned earlier, it's not about whether cloud misconfigurations will happen, but when they will happen.

Cloud computing is a dynamic environment where thousands of resources are created, modified, and destroyed every day... then add potentially hundreds of corresponding misconfig alerts to that. It's impossible for anyone to manually check over each corresponding alert, which means critical misconfigurations are often missed or remediated incorrectly.

And as the pace of business continues to accelerate, organizations will only face an increasing amount of pressure to deliver services more quickly and cost-effectively. In turn, this need for speed will also increase the likelihood that someone will inadvertently misconfigure a cloud environment in production, which can lead to downtime, data loss and other undesirable effects.

However, one of the best ways to shorten the time between misconfigurations and remediation is through clear cloud observability and real-time monitoring of your cloud environment with a third-party platform like Tenacity.

With real-time monitoring through Tenacity, you can reduce the time to detect, respond, and remediate cloud misconfigurations WHEN they happen.

Utilizing a third-party automatic tool like Tenacity takes the pressure of manual monitoring away and gives you real-time observability into issues across your entire AWS cloud environment as soon as they happen. Our platform also gives you business-level context into the misconfigurations that have occurred, as well as offers up guided remediation steps that your team can use to fix issues before they cause damage.

Plus, because Tenacity uses guided remediation rather than auto-remediation, you never have to worry about further exposing your environment to bad actors who might find and exploit your cloud misconfigurations via third-party access. We use read-only access to observe your AWS cloud and alert you to any issue, rather than conflicting change in your environment and exposing you to any dangers that come with granting another user access to your cloud data.

We hope you learned about the need for speed when it comes to dealing with cloud misconfigurations. Tenacity was built to help you identify and resolve these issues before they become a serious security threat for your organization by putting together a real-time process that ranks and alerts you to cloud vulnerabilities in real time.

To get your free report of your current cloud misconfigurations and compliance status, click here to start your Tenacity free trial today.

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