Governance
Policy
Perspective
Business Acceleration

Stop

complicating

cloud security.

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.

But here's the thing:

And the solution to complexity is governance.

Security

Governance

Security Governance

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:

 
Support and scale security decision-making.
Automate the things that should be automated.
Focus people’s attention where they can be most effective.
Use the superior computing capabilities of technology to track and manage compliance and risk issues.

A governance strategy adds two elements to security posture management that elevate it from ‘management’ to ‘governance’:

and

Policy

Policy

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-as-business

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.

 

Don't react.

Remediate.

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.

The result:

First

You lose availability while addressing issues that don’t serve the business.

Second

If you ignore these unhelpful violations, your risk score skyrockets.

Third

You might find yourself accepting a certain amount of drift, which ignores risk.

Finally

When stakeholders like developers and security engineers don’t understand the business context for policies, they don’t know how to address violations correctly.

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:

 

Perspective

Perspective

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.

 
 

Visibility alone isn’t enough.

Too much information, or information presented the wrong way, is as bad as no information.

Case-in-point: alert fatigue

Too much awareness
Too little perspective
Ineffective policy

You need visibility that matches your context...

That's perspective.

Business

Acceleration

Business Acceleration

Security governance makes your business more agile in five key ways:

Good timing

It lets you apply the right policies to the right resources at the right time (security-as-business, policy-as-code) to optimize availability within your ever-changing infrastructure and enable continuous deployment.

Good angles

It helps you get the right security information to the right person at the right time (perspective) for better alert management.

Good cues

It optimizes user flow by routing violations to the people best positioned to remediate them or identify them as exceptions.

Good returns

It boosts revenue potential by eliminating false-positive violations and thus improving productivity because your technical resources aren’t spending their time chasing issues that don’t impact the business.

Good vibes

It improves the performance of your development teams by reducing friction through clear, contextualized policies.

Put Security Governance into Action At Your Organization

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