Cloud Infrastructures Security Audit Objectives
There has been a growing trend in the applications market to move toward cloud-based infrastructures.
Concepts like IaaS, SaaS or PaaS are part of the standard language of a generation of applications that benefit from the capacity, power and scalability of third-party services such as AWS or Azure.
At Tarlogic, we are aware of this trend and we know our customers need to guarantee the security of their assets that can make use of these environments. Our cloud security audits safeguard the security of these tools.
Cloud Security Audits Benefits
The benefits that cloud infrastructure security assessments include but are not limited to:
Detection of bad practices related to different misconfigurations and implementations on cloud services.
Detection of problems arising from the use of authentication APIs and tokens from third-party services.
Identification of authorisation vulnerabilities related to an incorrect management of roles, permissions and privileges (IAM).
Vulnerabilities related to insecure APIs.
Security assessment of cloud-based storage buckets.
Detection of vulnerabilities by exploiting lambda functions and stateless processes.
Identification of exposed services and their possible insecure configurations in serverless environments.
Cloud security assessment description
The cloud security audit on cloud-based applications require a different approach compared to regular audits. By default, third-party cloud-based infrastructures usually apply measures that cover certain aspects of security. However, the large number of possible configurations available in the management consoles of these platforms open the door to vulnerabilities that can lead to a major breach of information. Likewise, these applications are not free from problems related to incorrect programming practices due to business logic, inadequate management of authentication tokens and access policies, and injections that can affect the particularities of the elements that make up their particular architecture.
At Tarlogic we evaluate the security of all these elements by analyzing the specific components of the cloud architecture used in each case. We also carry out a methodology with tools and manual tests to detect possible vulnerabilities.
Cloud security audit FAQs
What is cloud security assessment?
Cloud security assessment is the process of assessing the security of a cloud-based infrastructure in order to identify and mitigate security risks that could compromise the infrastructure. This process includes penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, assessing the network(s) security, detecting exposed applications and testing access controls, in order to ensure that they comply with industry standards and best security practices, so that potential attack vectors can be mitigated.
What is AWS cloud security assessment?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud security assessment is the process of assessing the security of an organisation’s infrastructure hosted on AWS. This process aims to identify and mitigate security risks that are specific of the AWS environment. The assessment consists in a review of the AWS environment, both from a general and an AWS-specific point of view, including network architecture, exposed applications and resources (e.g., S3 buckets), security groups, network access controls and other configurations, so that potential weaknesses can be mitigated.
What are the main types of cloud environments?
There are four main types of cloud computing: private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, and multi-clouds. These types of cloud computing run in a cloud computing service, which main types are: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Function-as-a-Service (FaaS). The four main types of cloud computing differentiate in terms such as of location, ownership, multitenancy, etc. Public clouds often have a wider attack surface, but can also deploy comprehensive infrastructural protection usually not available in other cloud (such as Distributed-Denial-of-Sevice or DDoS protection). In contrast, private clouds can be more fine-grained secured due to specific security measures being applied by the organization. Hybrid and multi-cloud usually offer a mix of both worlds.