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Trend Micro Cloud One™ – Conformity: Providing Continuous Security, Compliance, and Governance for your Cloud Infrastructure

Overview

Compliance is at the forefront of consumers’ minds as the world becomes more interconnected through technological advancements. They are demanding to interact and transact with businesses in a safe environment, where their privacy and data will be protected.
We use the world wide web to stay connected, make online purchases, or run and manage our businesses. As time goes by, it is getting more challenging, and riskier, to participate in the new age of eCommerce without having to part ways with your confidential information.
Businesses are under pressure to prove themselves as capable, by providing accreditations or certifications to conduct their business. They must verify themselves as compliant to confidently run their business.
Often consumers are sent safety tips to protect them from fraudsters’ malicious ploys over the internet. Users always need to be wary when logging into websites requiring confidential data, especially when using public Wi-Fi. The importance of detecting a phishing email or fraudulent website is also something users cannot take for granted.

The current tactics performed by cyber fraudsters display high intelligence, and the best of us have fallen victim to online scams or cyber-attacks because they appear legitimate and secure. Falling victim to these scams and security hacks may severely compromise your business and possibly everyone and everything connected or affiliated.

Transacting online has made life much easier. From the comfort of your couch, you could pay for your traffic fines, book your next holiday, and even get your groceries delivered to your doorstep, all within your lunch break. The downside of transacting online is that you can become vulnerable to hackers accessing and using your personal information for their gain.
Unknown to you, you could have unauthorised debit orders go off your account, purchase pricey items, or transfer large sums of money electronically because of identity theft by hackers. Again, all this happens while still in the comfort of your home and having your bank account wiped clean before you even realise what is happening.
These days a hacker’s most significant prize is targeting businesses, and information has become the most valuable possession. Companies have been held to ransom to retrieve their data back, and online fraudsters have made a fortune from selling valuable personal data on the dark web. It sounds like science fiction, but it sadly is our reality.

The Age of eCommerce Must Be Governed

South Africans still don’t trust online retailers and thus prefer to only do business with companies compliant with government standards, rules, and regulations.

Thankfully, the government enforces stringent rules to protect consumers by implementing, enforcing and regulating compliance laws such as POPIA, PCI DSS, GDPR, and CIS and regulating them.

The Covid 19 pandemic is an excellent example of how the retail sector had to quickly adapt to lockdown laws to keep doors open and continue trading. Retailers have made a great success of this and thus have changed the way we shop forever.
Colleen Harrison, Head of Marketing at PayFast, says she saw a 178% increase in QR code payments and a 55% growth in mobile usage for online shopping over 2021. This indicates that the habits picked up by consumers during hard lockdown are here to stay.

The Digital Shift in Compliance Standards

Adhering to compliance standards can mean the difference between a client choosing you or your competitor. Every business should have measures to ensure that they adhere to compliance standards.
The first thing consumers do is research the products and services they need. Then once ready to purchase, they will ensure that the business of choice is compliant with the relevant bodies before they proceed to purchase.
If your business cannot guarantee consumers’ personal information safety, the consumer will not do business with you even if you were the first or best choice because it’s just too risky.
Businesses’ repercussions for not being compliant can be costly and affect the bottom line due or worse close a business due to payment of high fines. They will also have a limited pool of resources available to them because other businesses or vendors will not be willing to partner and compromise themselves.
A company that has spent years building a good reputation and gained brand loyalty, could be easily stripped of that and find it very difficult to recover from, should they fall victim to cyber hacks. On a positive note, Trend Micro has blocked over 41 billion threats in the first half of 2021. With online attackers getting more sophisticated, consumers will not do business with companies that could leave them compromised.
The solution businesses are using to ensure compliance is not only employing Compliance Officers but also introducing Chief Compliance Officers into the executive office suite. The risk of non-compliance is far too significant, and so is the complexity of maintaining compliance standards and regulations to keep doors open for business.
The ethical conduct and processes in place that govern how a business should conduct themselves in our digital era are making the role of the Compliance Officer more complex than ever. There is no room for error.
The digital age is forcing businesses to become more proactive and less reactive by taking advantage of new opportunities. They need to keep up with the ever-shifting changes in compliance standards with confidence by choosing the right cyber security option for them.

What is Trend Micro Cloud One™ – Conformity?

Trend Micro Cloud One has come up with a tool to make this process easier called Cloud Conformity, which provides real-time monitoring and auto-remediation for your cloud infrastructure’s security, compliance, and governance.

Boost your Cloud Security and Compliance

Trend Micro Cloud One ™ – Conformity has a growing public library of over 750 cloud infrastructure configuration best practices for your AWS™, Microsoft® Azure, and Google Cloud™ environments. Therefore, your business will leverage best practices and quickly get onto the Trend Micro Cloud One™ Conformity platform.

Cloud Conformity has removed the pressure of adhering to compliance standards by providing businesses with simple, step-by-step resolutions to rectify security vulnerabilities, performance, cost inefficiencies, and reliability risks.
At any given time, businesses can view their compliance status and act on threats with immediacy. Companies can pull instant compliance reports for major global standards such as the SOC2, ISO 27001, NIST, CIS, GDPR, PCI DSS, GDPR, HIPAA, AWS Well-Architected Framework, Azure Well-Architected Framework, and CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Security Benchmark.

The Knowledge Base of Cloud Conformity is built on the AWS Well-Architected Framework, and it offers an approach to building architectures that is consistent and scalable over time. Six pillars exist within the AWS Well-Architected Framework and they are, operational excellent, security, reliability, performance efficiency, sustainability and cost optimisation.

Mapping out the AWS Well-Architected Framework helps your business meet ongoing compliance requirements and build viable cloud architectures, keeping your environment secure and scalable.
While AWS provides secure cloud infrastructure, through the Shared Responsibility Model, the Shared Responsibility Model approach ensures that you are responsible for securing the workloads, applications, and data run on AWS—that’s where Trend Micro Cloud One – Conformity comes in.

How Does Trend Micro Cloud One™ - Conformity Work?

Automate Security and Compliance Checks

You can continuously improve your security and compliance posture for your cloud infrastructure through hundreds of automated checks against industry compliance standards and cloud security best practice rules.

Simplify Reporting

A single-pane-of-glass dashboard provides complete and clear visibility of your entire multi-cloud infrastructure. Run reports on an endless combination of filters to audit your infrastructure exhaustively.

Integrate with Existing Workflows

Trend Micro Cloud One™ – Conformity integrates seamlessly into your existing workflows and allows you to maintain complete autonomy. Utilise single sign-on (SSO) solutions, individual access levels, and connecting your preferred third-party ticketing or notification provider.

Provide Comprehensive Visibility and Auto-Remediation

It offers real-time monitoring of your cloud infrastructure with a single, multi-cloud dashboard. As well as auto-check against nearly 1,000 cloud service configuration best practices across over ninety services from AWS, Microsoft, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

View your risk status and resolve violations with step-by-step guides or auto-remediation, continuously improving your security and compliance posture.

Automated security and compliance checks

Run continuous scans against hundreds of industry best-practice checks, including SOC2, ISO 27001, NIST (Cyber security and different versions), CIS, GDPR, PCI DSS, GDPR, HIPAA, AWS, etc. and Azure Well-Architected Frameworks, and CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Security Benchmark.
Leverage standardised or custom reports, auditing your infrastructure for misconfigurations with an endless combination of filters.

Enable a DevOps culture

Infrastructure as code (IaC) ensures the deployment of the most secure and compliant templates are aligned with industry best practices. Integrate seamlessly into your CI/CD pipeline with powerful APIs. Get real-time alerts of risky configurations changes and take action immediately.

Connect to preferred 3rd-party ticketing or communication providers – Slack, Jira, Zendesk, PagerDuty, Microsoft Teams, and more.

Cloud One ™ – Conformity Platform Best Practices

Conformity ensures the best practice of the usage of its solution by checking the following rules.
  1. Ensure Conformity API keys are rotated periodically as a security best practice
  2. Users signed into Conformity from an approved country, conformity user authentication from a non-approved country will be detected
  3. Conformity user has signed in without MFA, user authentication without MFA will be detected
  4. Monitor and rule administrative configuration changes detected within your Conformity account.
  5. Ensure that the AWS account uses the latest version of Conformity custom policy.
  6. Trend Micro Cloud One™ – Conformity Insufficient Access Permissions, ensure that the Conformity Bot has all the permissions required to perform its latest checks.
  7. Enable Conformity Multi-Factor Authentication for the account.
Silicon Overdrive has been awarded AWS Cloud Management Tools Competency and Security Partner Competency. By leveraging Trend Micro Cloud One™ – Conformity’s security and governance platform to deliver continuous assurance that your infrastructure is compliant, secure, and optimised.
Companies must take greater accountability and responsibility than ever before. In a fast-paced world, autoscaling is essential as the business grows. Having access to pre-built custom reports on the security and compliance status of your cloud posture, having a global view of what is happening within the company and being able to remediate puts the business back in control.

Silicon Overdrive will help you get started with securing your cloud platform today.

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