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Cloud Security Assessment

Evaluating Security Measures and Practices in Cloud Environments

At SpearTip, our team recognizes that security challenges in the cloud are different from challenges with on-premises solutions. Our team’s vast experience and proven methodology provide our clients with a comprehensive picture of the risks present within their cloud infrastructure and the remediation steps for each. We focus on security misconfigurations and deviations, including reviewing account privileges and analyzing current logging details from recommended cloud security architecture. As an approved Microsoft Azure and Preferred AWS partner, SpearTip’s capabilities extend deep into the cloud to prepare you for a security incident.

Project Workflow

Phase 1 | Reconnaissance

SpearTip scans systems and networks related to your environment and examines for publicly available data to identify vulnerable systems or other potential targets.

Phase 2 | Exploitation

SpearTip leverages data discovered during the reconnaissance phase and, with client approval, attempts to exploit vulnerable services. Where relevant, SpearTip’s assessors also attempt to access the internal network leveraging an exploit or move laterally within the environment.

Phase 3 | Validation

SpearTip examines the technical data and validates all findings. This ensures that false positive findings are filtered out of the final reports. The analysis includes the discovery of compensating security controls that could affect the criticality rating of a discovered vulnerability.

Phase 4 | Deliverables

Finalized deliverables are presented to and reviewed with the client.

Phase 5 | Feedback

The client provides feedback and asks questions about the deliverables and findings of the engagement.

Phase 6 | Rescan

After the client has an opportunity to resolve relevant vulnerabilities and provide engagement feedback, SpearTip rescans the environment to provide evidence that discovered vulnerabilities have been remediated.

Assessment Objectives

Identify weaknesses within your current cloud infrastructure and security programs

Reduced probability and impact of a successful data breach

Develop a proactive security model that aligns IT, information security, and other aspects of your internal security posture

Production of a detailed technical report with findings and remediation guidance

The Importance of Cloud Security Assessments

A cloud security assessment offers organizations peace of mind by ensuring that their networks and assets are properly configured, secure, and not under ongoing attack. The evaluation identifies weaknesses in the architecture and provides recommendations to strengthen defenses and capabilities for the future.

Specific benefits of a cloud security assessment include:

  1. Reduced risk from accidental misconfiguration: Customized configuration changes recommended by the assessment can minimize the organization’s attack surface in the cloud environment.
  2. Reduced risk from missed notifications: The assessment’s recommendations, when implemented, improve an organization’s ability to detect and respond to compromises promptly, preventing minor issues from escalating into major breaches.
  3. Improved resilience: The assessment team provides recommendations to help organizations recover from breaches more efficiently.
  4. More efficient account management: Optimized identity architectures reduce time spent on account and privilege management and lower the chances of inadvertently granting excessive privileges.
  5. Detection of past compromise: While not comprehensive, the assessment can identify anomalies in the organization’s cloud configuration that might indicate previous compromises.

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