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8/15/2019
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7 Biggest Cloud Security Blind Spots

Cloud computing boon is for innovation, yet security organizations find themselves running into obstacles.
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Forensics and Threat-Hunting Telemetry

Some of the biggest cloud blind spots that security teams are battling today are related to forensics and threat-hunting telemetry. Not only do organizations struggle to get the right information fed from all of their different cloud resources, but even when they do manage to do this they face an uphill battle. Just consolidating that data and correlating it with on-premises telemetry becomes its own nightmare - a form of multidashboard blindness for incident response and threat-hunting teams.
According to SANS Institute, over half of organizations faced frustrations in getting low-level logs and systems information for forensics from their cloud providers, and less than one in three organizations have been able to integrate the forensics and incident-response tools they use in-house with their public cloud environments.

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Forensics and Threat-Hunting Telemetry

Some of the biggest cloud blind spots that security teams are battling today are related to forensics and threat-hunting telemetry. Not only do organizations struggle to get the right information fed from all of their different cloud resources, but even when they do manage to do this they face an uphill battle. Just consolidating that data and correlating it with on-premises telemetry becomes its own nightmare a form of multidashboard blindness for incident response and threat-hunting teams.

According to SANS Institute, over half of organizations faced frustrations in getting low-level logs and systems information for forensics from their cloud providers, and less than one in three organizations have been able to integrate the forensics and incident-response tools they use in-house with their public cloud environments.

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9/3/2019 | 10:34:30 AM
Forensics and Visibility
Great summary of a bunch of key research!
The challenges with forensics and visibility, especially in the dynamic and decentralized world of container-based architectures are compounded with new TLS 1.3 encryption, pinned certificates coming from 3rd party APIs and even TLS 1.2 with perfect forward secrecy enabled. 

Security teams must have a way to get decrypted visibility in the cloud so they can do threat hunting, forensic / root cause analysis and passive, out of band inspection. Even DevOps teams increasingly need this for troubleshooting and appPerfMon activities. 

Symmetric Key Intercept is a new, out-of-band decryption technique for the cloud that should be investigated. Instead of creating contorted cloud architectures (like routing all back-end API calls through a front-end MITM set-up), out of band decryption that can handle the new standards provides decrypted visibility in the cloud without sacrificing the benefits that drew you to the cloud in the first place. 
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