Audit and compliance has always been a challenging task and migration to the cloud has only made this a greater challenge for many organizations. The changes in security controls, loss of visibility and logging, and the dynamic movement of data all make audit and compliance a huge headache for IT organization.
It’s not at all surprising that more than 70% of those surveyed as part of a HyTrust SDDC adoption study expected more compliance and auditing issues going forward. Unfortunately, out of the box security controls are often insufficient to meet most regulations, leaving organizations at risk for audit failure, fines and disclosure reporting. Furthermore, compliance problems don’t only result in costly fines and penalties. They can also wreak havoc on a company’s reputation, market value and more.
Proving IT Compliance in the Cloud
We believe that security and compliance is most effective when it is automated and implemented in an always-on model. However, virtualization and cloud challenges this model since workloads can be migrated, different privileged user roles can overlap, and entire infrastructure changes can be executed in just a few clicks. Further, with all aspects of infrastructure (compute, network, storage) being virtualized, privileged admin power is now heavily concentrated at the hypervisor layer, which introduces a whole new set of security and compliance challenges.
Virtual infrastructure (e.g. vSphere, NSX) configurations can easily drift over time. Having an automated process for tracking these changes and remediating when needed helps organizations maintain compliance. Unfortunately, solutions for keeping the virtual infrastructure secure and compliant has remained relatively stagnant over the years. As a result, most organizations continue to rely on costly, time-consuming, and error-prone manual processes, which simply can’t keep up with the constantly changing threat landscape and regulatory environment.
By integrating automated technology into the compliance process, businesses can effectively eliminate additional risk of human error that could threaten to derail an otherwise sound operation.
Mitigating Risk with Compliance Automation
The HyTrust Cloud Security Policy Framework offers one of the most complete solutions available to meet a broad range of government and industry compliance mandates including GDPR, NIST 800-53, NIST 800-181, HIPAA, PCI, and more. Our approach to protecting cloud infrastructure is different, because the focus is on automating each phase of the compliance lifecycle.
We achieve this by providing organizations compliance templates for a broad range of regulatory and government standards. These templates assist in creating an accepted baseline configuration for virtual and cloud infrastructure, which can be leveraged to automate the assessment, remediation, and continuous monitoring of the organization’s cloud security posture.
The HyTrust Compliance Lifecycle
HyTrust follows an automated four-phase lifecycle approach to achieve and maintain compliance of an organizations cloud infrastructure as follows:
- Phase 1 defines the vSphere or NSX configuration standards
- Phase 2 assesses the state of the infrastructure by running operations or tests
- Phase 3 enables HyTrust to perform remediation operations to bring the cloud infrastructure back into compliance.
- Phase 4 allows organizations to review past compliance reports, modify security controls and update templates to reflect changes in the organizations security posture.
Learn more about how HyTrust can help your organization:
- Consistently enforce security controls to meet compliance mandates including PCI-DSS, HIPAA, GDPR, NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171 and many more
- Automate configuration hardening and continuously monitor infrastructure to increase ROI and reduce the costs associated with maintaining regulatory compliance
- Collect audit data from disparate sources for quick compliance reporting requirements leveraging user friendly dashboards