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Using Native IaaS Workload Security Capabilities in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform

Published: 31 January 2019

ID: G00373510

Analyst(s): Richard Bartley , Mario de Boer


Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform offer numerous security services for IaaS cloud. This assessment examines which of these native capabilities technical professionals can use to secure their deployed VM or container workloads.

Table Of Contents


  • Native Cloud Workload Security Approaches
    • Overview
    • General Approach
    • Multicloud Offerings
    • Some Things in Common
  • Amazon Web Services
    • AWS Workload Security Services Overview
    • AWS and Containers
    • Security Automation With AWS Landing Zone and AWS Control Tower
    • AWS Security Hub and Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)
  • Microsoft Azure
    • Azure Workload Protection Services Overview
    • Security Deployment Focused on Azure Security Center
    • Azure Container Capabilities
    • Azure and Security Automation
  • Google Cloud Platform
    • GCP Workload Security Services Overview
    • Automation and Monitoring in GCP
    • GCP and Container Security
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Cloud Workload Security Capabilities
    • Overview
    • Addressing Threats With Cloud Workload Security Capabilities
    • Multiple Stakeholders
    • Use Cases and Where Layered Defense Capabilities Become Important
    • Cloud Workload Security and CI/CD Pipeline Automation
  • Hardening and Configuration
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Application Control
  • Integrity Control
  • Network Firewalling and Segmentation
  • Exploit Prevention and Memory Protection
  • Workload EDR
  • Privileged Access Management
  • User Behavior Monitoring
  • IaaS Data-at-Rest Encryption
  • Intrusion Detection/Prevention
  • Vulnerability Shielding
  • Deception
  • Antivirus
  • Operational Management Capabilities
  • Risk Management
  • Compliance
  • Automation and Remediation
  • Integration
  • Investigation

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