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Automate Cloud Compliance with Security by Design

Cloud compliance involves the alignment of cloud-hosted services and data with a robust framework of guidelines, laws, standards, and regulations designed to safeguard security and privacy in cloud computing. This adherence is not a one-time event but a continuous process that necessitates adequate controls including prevent controls such as segregation of duties and detect controls such as periodic assessments, audits, and continuous monitoring. 

Key compliance standards prevalent today include but are not limited to ISO 27001, NIST, GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, and FedRAMP. Each of these plays a pivotal role in ensuring the security, privacy, and integrity of financial, health, and personal data processed in the cloud. While stemming from good intentions, these standards require time and effort some more and others less but all impact business agility as they all have ramp up time. This often leads to compliance efforts that are often simply “check-the-box” rather than holistic security or privacy programs.  That is precisely why we even see companies that have all the necessary compliance seals and certificates and accreditations still getting hacked with terabytes of data stolen costing millions in damages and penalties. So then can we have holistic security programs governing in a way that compliance is a by-product instead of compliance driving half hearted attempts at security? 

Let’s take cloud security, that we at Invi Grid are passionate about. A compliance driven approach is looking at misconfigurations and vulnerabilities in the cloud often after the fact using various detect tools. A holistic security program should be looking at security end-to-end starting from the time any system in the case of cloud any resource in the cloud is spun up, to its management and deletion. For decades the security community has focused on detecting misconfigurations and vulnerabilities, often leaving the prevention to the cloud operations teams who may be experts at cloud and automation, but may not be experts at cloud security.  Even with the right intention and approach, having the already lean resource trapped security team review the thousands of lines of cloud infrastructure as code is never an effective solution. No wonder that almost half the infrastructure as code modules used to build resources for AWS, Azure,  and Google Cloud are misconfigured

To implement a holistic cloud security program, a secure by design approach incorporating security every time a resource is even spun up is the only way to achieve both security and compliance goals. Towards that end it is important to bring the siloed security and cloud operations teams together on a unified platform that achieves security and compliance while automating infrastructure provisioning and management to maintain speed and business agility. 

Essential best practices such as data encryption, access control, audit and monitoring, and regular compliance audits are indispensable for maintaining a robust compliance posture. Challenges such as complexity, data sovereignty issues, third-party services, shadow IT, and security gaps must also be acknowledged and addressed. By integrating security by design principles, an effective and authoritative approach to achieving compliance can be established, embedding security into every layer of cloud infrastructure deployment and management.

This not only secures the cloud environment but also aligns with regulatory standards, ensuring that security is not an afterthought. Platforms like Invi Grid offer the necessary tooling to support holistic secure by design from day zero and continuous compliance efforts, providing a competitive edge in today's fast-paced cloud-centric world.

The Invi Grid platform melds seamlessly with the agile nature of cloud development, proving to be a vital yet accessible means to safeguard cloud infrastructures. The future of cloud computing demands such an integrated and forward-thinking approach, where security and compliance is no longer a hurdle but an inherent aspect of the developmental ethos.


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