Security configuration management (SCM) involves maintaining a secure baseline configuration for an organization’s systems and monitoring those assets for deviations from that baseline. This fundamental control pairs well with other elements of an organization’s security strategy. As such, SCM enables security teams to harden their organization’s cloud workloads, industrial environments and other IT assets against digital threats.

There’s just one question: how can security teams best implement SCM in practice?

This blog post will begin by discussing the four integral processes of SCM. Next, it will dive into four other elements of SCM which security teams should know about. Understanding these eight components will give security teams a foundation on which they can both create and strengthen their organization’s SCM program.

The Four Integral Processes of SCM

No one wants their organization’s systems to become misconfigured. But when that does happen, you want to make sure you automatically receive a notification that offers detailed remediation instructions on how you can return that asset to its secure baseline. It’s therefore important for your security team to go with a SCM tool that automates the following four processes:

  1. Device Discovery: Security teams can’t protect an IT asset if they don’t know about it. If the organization’s SCM program is to be successful, security professionals need to make sure they have an up-to-date asset inventory that contains everything that’s installed on the network. It’s not always easy to make such an inventory manually. Employees from other departments might be able to add new assets onto the organization’s IT infrastructure, for instance, which would make discovery difficult. That’s why it’s important for security teams to invest in an SCM tool that ideally comes with an integrated asset management repository. Such a capability will help security team members to discover assets automatically and to (Read more...)