As organizations of every size are adopting cloud services, attackers have followed suit. But a core problem exists in AWS – there is no way to get complete access to the low-level network traffic using traditional IDS detection methods. However, this challenge can be overcome by accessing the AWS control plane. In doing so, AlienVault® Unified Security Management (USM) Anywhere™ can provide core Intrusion Detection (IDS) capabilities in AWS cloud environments.
Security benefits of AlienVault USM Anywhere for AWS cloud environments include:
AlienVault USM Anywhere unifies the essential security capabilities to enable cloud security management in a single platform:
* The ISMS that governs USM Anywhere, USM Central
AlienVault makes compliance a top priority for your organization and for ours. We have adopted the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), aligning our security controls and processes with industry-proven security best practices.
We use our own USM platform to demonstrate and maintain compliance, working with third-party auditors to regularly test our systems, controls, and processes. AlienVault is certified compliant for several regulatory and cybersecurity standards, including PCI DSS and HIPAA, among others.
In traditional environments, the network provides a common chokepoint to monitor your environment, a feature that isn’t typically available in the cloud. However, to our advantage, in AWS, the network infrastructure is largely abstracted away.
Beyond simply providing viable alternatives for the core IDS use cases, AWS also presents a new opportunity for you to improve the monitoring you have done in the past. When you consider an IDS solution for AWS, there is a new chokepoint (similar to the network layer in the past) that you can take advantage of called the control plane.
In software-defined networking (SDN) the data and control plane is decoupled. This allows programmatic access to the control plane that makes network administration much more flexible.
USM Anywhere purpose-built AWS sensors have built-in IDS capabilities that leverage the control plane, giving you full visibility into every operation that is going on in your AWS ‘data center’. This allows you to answer important questions such as:
Often the drive for AWS intrusion detection is to meet the requirements of regulatory compliance – in particular PCI DSS Requirement 11.4.
Requirement number 11.4 states: “Use intrusion detection and/or intrusion-prevention techniques to detect and/or prevent intrusions into the network. Monitor all traffic at the perimeter of the cardholder data environment as well as at critical points in the cardholder data environment, and alert personnel to suspected compromises.”
The intrusion detection in functionality for AWS within AlienVault USM Anywhere for AWS cloud environments helps you attain PCI compliance with analysis of log data on systems within the cardholder data environment or otherwise in scope for PCI DSS. This visibility, combined with the analysis of the OS-level logs, makes detection of malware and other threats to key information systems possible.
AlienVault USM Anywhere for AWS cloud environments provides IT security analysts with an AWS-native IDS solution that includes the best threat detection and response capabilities. This is powered by expert threat intelligence generated by the AlienVault Labs team.
The AlienVault labs research is supplemented with data from our Open Threat Exchange (OTX) which is the largest and most authoritative crowd-sourced threat intelligence exchange globally.
Threat Intelligence updates are published continuously by the AlienVault Labs team to the USM for AWS platform in the form of:
This provides your team with the needed information about threat actors, their methods, infrastructure, and tools making it easier for you to monitor your AWS infrastructure without having to be experts in all threats in the wild. Effectively, the AlienVault Labs team becomes an extension to your team, delivering actionable threat intelligence to where you need it most.