Google Cloud | Security

Security Command Center Now Supports CIS 1.1 Benchmarks And Granular Access Control

Security Command Center (SCC) is our native Google Cloud product that helps manage and improve your cloud security and risk posture. As a native offering, SCC is constantly evolving and adding new capabilities that deliver more insight to security practitioners. We’ve just released new capabilities in Security Command Center Premium that enable organizations to improve their security posture and efficiently manage risk for their Google Cloud environment. SCC now supports CIS benchmarks for Google Cloud Platform Foundation v1.1, enabling you to monitor and address compliance violations against industry best practices in your Google Cloud environment. Additionally, SCC now supports fine-grained access control for administrators that allows you to easily adhere to the principles of least privilege – restricting access based on roles and responsibilities to reduce risk and enabling broader team engagement to address security.

Security Command Center with its native security and risk management capabilities is used by enterprises across the world to protect their environment by gaining visibility into cloud assets, discovering misconfigurations and vulnerabilities in resources, detecting threats targeting Google Cloud assets, and maintaining compliance based on industry standards and benchmarks. These new capabilities further enhance enterprise security teams’ ability to demonstrate accountability and transparency of their Cloud compliance stance and gain operational efficiency with scoped access.

Improve your security posture with CIS Google Cloud Foundation 1.1 benchmark

Organizations can now monitor and see how their Google Cloud environment stacks up against CIS Google Cloud Computing Foundations Benchmark v1.1. The CIS benchmark provides guidance for securing the GCP environment that can help organizations protect from common cyber threats and improve their overall security posture. CIS 1.1 expands coverage to additional Google Cloud services and refines instructions and guidance. 

With this release in SCC, you can continuously monitor resources and policy violations against common security controls described in the CIS Google Cloud Foundation 1.1 and certified by the Center for Internet Security for alignment with CIS Google Cloud Computing Foundations Benchmark v1.1.0. 

Security Health Analytics is a built-in service in Security Command Center that provides misconfiguration findings across your GCP environment along with recommendations to remediate those findings. These findings are mapped to the supported compliance standards and industry best practices, giving you the ability to prioritize actions based on the compliance regime applicable to your organization. 

SCC provides a one-click compliance dashboard, making it seamless to get a complete view of where your environment is passing and failing against the CIS 1.1 benchmarks. It gives you quick posture stance metrics against the different levels in CIS 1.1 benchmarks – Level 1 is considered as a base recommendation to lower the attack surface and Level 2 is considered as a best practice for security conscious organizations. 

The CIS 1.1 report indicates the number of controls that are passed, how many need to be addressed, and remediation steps for addressing the failed controls against the standard. It also provides an export capability that lets you easily demonstrate your compliance stance to internal and external audit teams.

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In addition to CIS, SCC also supports Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS v3.2.1), International Organization for Standardization (ISO 27001), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST 800-53). 

Manage assets and findings within an assigned scope.

With the new fine-grained access control capability, you can grant access to assets and findings at the folder and project level. This enables you to isolate projects and folders and restrict employee access to only those who need to do their jobs. If you need to delegate SCC findings to specific teams without having to give those teams a view of the entire organization or need to restrict specific folders for compliance regimes, you can now achieve this using the access control capability. 

Many organizations are looking to ensure security is addressed earlier on in the development and their application roll out lifecycle. Organizations can use this capability to engage development teams and line-of-businesses to take ownership for addressing the security findings for the assets their teams own. 

Enabling fine-grained access control at the folder and project level provides individual teams to review findings and quickly act on the ones they are responsible to address. These fine-grained access controls enable your security teams to scale, help reduce the security risk, and achieve compliance goals by limiting access as needed within your organization.

If you are already using SCC Premium, you can get started with these new capabilities today using our product documentation. If you don’t yet have an SCC Premium subscription, contact your Google Cloud Platform sales team.

By: Anoop Kapoor (Product Manager, Google Cloud) and Anil Nandigam (Product Marketing Lead, Google Cloud Security)
Source: Google Cloud Blog

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