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We’ve been hearing more often than ever before, questions about Security Orchestration & Automated Response (SOAR) or simply “auto remediation,” which is the ability to automatically execute actions in response to detected security incidents or vulnerabilities. While it has the potential to save time and improve the efficiency of security operations, it can also be risky and cause more headaches for your DevOps teams if not implemented carefully.
The type of auto remediation most involved in cloud security & cloud DevOps are familiar with is the type that automatically fixes posture or configuration errors. The goal of auto remediation is to improve the efficiency of security operations and minimize the impact of security incidents by quickly addressing them without the need for manual intervention.
Here's how it works:
Overall, auto remediation is a powerful tool for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of cloud security operations. However, it's important to approach it with caution and to thoroughly test and validate the tools and scripts before deploying them in a production environment.
While the concept of automating remediation in the cloud is appealing to improve efficiency or MTTR (mean time to resolve), it is essential to be aware of the issues associated with such applications.
In cloud security, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) drift refers to the difference between the desired state of the infrastructure as defined in code and the actual state of the infrastructure as it exists in the environment. Auto remediation in the presence of IaC drift can be risky because it can lead to unintended consequences and cause further drift in the infrastructure.
Here are some of the risks associated with auto remediation in relation to IaC drift:
It's important to approach auto remediation with caution and to thoroughly test and validate the tools and scripts before deploying them in a production environment. For your DevOps teams, this will likely mean thoroughly testing the remediation script or tool, incorporating the desired state of the infrastructure into the remediation process, and closely monitoring the environment for unexpected changes.
One of Panoptica’s core differentiators in the market has been its ability to provide Dynamic Remediation for DevOps and Security teams. Panoptica’s Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) workloads are centered around a DevOps-centric / pipeline-first approach where we generate templates to apply corrective actions in formats that DevOps engineers are likely to use with the intent to strongly suggest they be applied in a CI system instead of just blindly executed.
Panoptica generates these dedicated guardrails per account based on its configurations. When a critical attack path is identified or discovered, the Panoptica platform offers dedicated guardrails via Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Terraform files that users can download and apply to their environments. Panoptica likewise offers the ability to customize these guardrails so that if there are specific identities or accounts that require access policies, they can be modified so it is not a blanket guardrail policy applied to all.
Panoptica’s Dynamic Remediation provides:
Auto remediation in theory is a nice shortcut but in practice, needs to be further scrutinized. Such solutions should only be considered if applied under the careful eye of expert cloud security practitioners to ensure that no undue damage is done to your cloud environment. Auto remediation could improve your MTTR, but at what cost?
Instead, why not get started with a platform that can reduce the noise in your cloud environment on average by 95% and provide your team with out of the box Dynamic Remediation that can be customized to best serve your environment’s unique requirements?