Security has always been complex, but the speed and volume of the cloud has made it exponentially more so.
To deal with this complexity, organizations typically break down security challenges into multiple pieces…
… hire more developers…
… deploy piecemeal solutions…
… and end up adding even more complexity to the pressures of an ever-changing risk landscape, new cloud service releases, and regulatory requirements.
Governance solves the core problem of complexity: how to confidently make the right decisions in an environment of constant uncertainty while also accelerating the business rather than slowing it down.
Security governance is an oversight practice where business goals drive security decision-making. It blends real-world experience, best practices, and technology to:
Policy is the core of security governance. It embodies your optimal risk baseline. It connects your business goals to your desired security outcomes. And it’s how you encode your business goals into your architecture so that this architecture serves the company’s broader objectives.
Security doesn’t exist for its own sake: it’s part of doing business. The business should be the policy context—not technical resources, not engineers, not dev teams. For your enterprise to get value from moving to the cloud, your security goals should feed and reflect the enterprise’s desired business outcomes.
When the business defines security policy within this broader business context, engineers, architects and developers get to actually remediate risk instead of just addressing violations. And in doing so, the business gains availability. With well-defined business-driven policies, you can also create clear and specific zero-trust policies to help reduce false positives and alert fatigue.
On the other hand, risk posture management approaches that couple policy with cloud or other technology resources tend to be generic, forcing you to remediate resource-focused violations that may or may not actually matter to your risk posture or your business goals.
Policy statements that are too generic out of the box, or that map one-to-one with compliance requirements, can also result in overlap, excessive API calls and a significant workload as you sift through violations to pinpoint what really matters. Add auto-remediation to this situation and you end up shifting enterprise risk from cloud security to resource availability—thereby undermining the value of the cloud.
To benefit from security management efficiencies like auto-remediation, you first need adaptive, bespoke and scalable policies that are customized for the evolving needs of the business.
This approach lets you automate and scale key security decisions, continually optimize your security stance, remove guesswork/ interpretation, accelerate remediation, and enable an agile and adaptive security strategy:
Effective security governance means having full visibility into your organization’s security posture while also ensuring that each stakeholder’s view matches their decision-making needs.
Too much information, or information presented the wrong way, is as bad as no information.
Security governance makes your business more agile in five key ways: