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The 4 Best Cloud Compliance Tools for Startups & SMBs

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The 4 Best Cloud Compliance Tools for Startups & SMBs
Author: DuploCloud | Tuesday, August 9 2022
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Stay on top of the latest regulations and keep your data secure with these helpful tools

Security and compliance are vital steps in the software development life cycle, but many developers see them as the enemy of productivity. Staying on top of the latest regulations while maintaining data security across multiple access points is a Herculean task for small teams and start-ups looking to beat competitors to market, and time spent researching and addressing those concerns is time taken away from product development and feature implementation.

Investing in cloud compliance tools and integrating them earlier in the development cycle can reduce production cost and effort by 50% and ensure teams take a holistic approach to cloud security and compliance by implementing checks across the stack. Read on for a breakdown of the best cloud compliance solutions currently available.

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Best Cloud Compliance Tools by Category

Cloud Infrastructure Automation for Security and Compliance: DuploCloud

Cloud Access Security Broker: Symantec CloudSOC

Cloud Security Posture Management: Lacework

Cloud Workload Protection Platform: Trend Micro Deep Security

Streamline Cloud Compliance With DuploCloud

Best Cloud Compliance Tools by Category

Cloud Infrastructure Automation for Security and Compliance: DuploCloud

Whether you’re processing credit card payments, storing sensitive medical information, or merely trying to adapt to the increase in state, national, and global data regulations, maintaining security and compliance by hand requires a level of time and effort out of reach for many start-ups and small to medium-sized businesses. That’s where DuploCloud comes in. 

DuploCloud is a DevOps-as-a-Service platform that provides no-code/low-code infrastructure automation software for cloud security and compliance, reducing total implementation hours from six months to one week. 

Each layer within the taxonomy of cloud operations — such as network infrastructure, identity and access management policies, encryption, Kubernetes, as well as logging and monitoring — requires controls to ensure compliance and security. DuploCloud allows developers to provide a high-level specification, which the system uses to auto-generate a fully secure and automated infrastructure with compliance controls in place. Engineers can then interact with either a no-code web-based user interface or a low-code terraform.

DuploCloud implementation maps line-by-line to the specifications of security and compliance regulations like SOC 2, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, HITRUST, GDPR, and more. Most security platforms only provide controls post provisioning of the core infrastructure, meaning DevOps engineers are left to deal with the remaining controls while provisioning or updating the infrastructure. This limits coverage to 30% of the full required security controls set. Because DuploCloud is an end-to-end DevOps automation tool, it ensures continuous adherence to 90% of the controls set, with minimal work required to cover the remaining controls. DuploCloud also provides audit-ready proof of control reporting.

Our automation platform isn't the only tool we want to offer you - check out our free step-by-step guide to FedRAMP compliance and see how DuploCloud makes compliance easy:

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Cloud Access Security Broker: Symantec CloudSOC

As organizations increasingly adopt cloud-centric approaches to operations and development, the need for increased scrutiny on data transactions is crucial. Symantec CloudSOC is a cloud compliance tool that aids teams in pursuing a Zero Trust framework.

With API integration into SaaS platforms like Google Workspace, Box, and Office265, CloudSOC ensures the protection of sensitive data across cloud apps, email, and the greater web. This allows you to provide CASB controls to unsecure devices and increased visibility into sanctioned and unsanctioned apps, ensuring maximum security coverage regardless of how users interact with your cloud services.

Regarding sensitive data, CloudSOC can classify data as PHI, PCI, or other regulated tags, then enforce cloud sharing and access policies, protecting data via encryption and multi-factor user authentication.

Symantec CloudSOC also includes continuous risk monitoring and security response, providing you with all the information your team needs to shore up weak points and monitor usage to prevent malicious access. Should a security incident occur, contextual data covers every aspect of the breach to help you respond and mitigate damage quickly.

Cloud Security Posture Management: Lacework

Improper configurations across cloud tools can act as potential vectors for malicious activity. However, as teams rely on a vast array of tools in their workflow, it’s unrealistic to manage and keep track of all of these options manually. Lacework is a cloud security posture management platform that helps teams maximize security by ensuring tools are configured based on declared specifications or best practices. 

Lacework integrates and collates configuration data across Kubernetes, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and multicloud environments into a single platform. It then continuously scans them to detect changes to policies and roles to prevent unauthorized access. For example, if an S3 bucket is changed from private to public, Lacework will note that the change took place and generate an alert. These posture and compliance policies can be customized based on your needs, or you can set them to out-of-the-box frameworks like PCI-DSS, HIPAA, SOC 2, and more.

In addition to discovering IAM vulnerabilities and unauthorized API calls, Lacework can automate checks to identify IAM users without multi-factor authentication enabled, misconfigured security groups, and more. Plus, it offers daily audits of your entire cloud infrastructure, allowing you to adjust your configuration as needed to tighten security.

Cloud Workload Protection Platform: Trend Micro Deep Security

When working across multiple cloud platforms, you must ensure your data remains secure. Trend Micro Deep Security protects data against vulnerabilities across hybrid cloud, virtualized data centers, and microservice environments with machine learning and virtual patching techniques via a single interface.

Streamlining is the name of the game here, as Deep Security applies a unified set of security controls across your development stack with runtime protection. Deep Security provides anti-malware tools, behavioral analysis, intrusion prevention, a robust firewall, and more. These tools can be implemented on current workloads, and automated, host-based security allows for seamless auto-scaling as new workloads are brought online. Plus, you can ensure your stack meets compliance requirements for GDPR, FedRamp, PCI-DSS, and HIPAA.

Deep Security is also optimized for DevOps, with baked-in API integration with Azure and AWS and CI/CD pipelines and integration with orchestration tools like Chef, Puppet, and Ansible. Built-in container image scanning at build-time and continuous registry scanning help move risk detection and management into the pre-deployment process, ensuring problems are found before they hit users.

Streamline Cloud Compliance With DuploCloud

As developers build increasingly complex applications using off-the-shelf components and services, managing cloud infrastructure is becoming more and more difficult. Building fully automated and compliant infrastructures can demand huge investments of time, funding, and already overtasked engineering resources. DuploCloud is a cloud infrastructure automation and compliance solution that makes cloud provisioning ten times faster and lowers costs by 75%, all with low or no code required. To learn more about how DuploCloud’s DevOps-as-a-service platform helps companies of all sizes achieve these benefits and others by building and deploying cloud-native applications at scale, read our No-Code/Low-Code DevOps whitepaper.

Author: DuploCloud | Tuesday, August 9 2022
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