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Security Roundup – stories and launches from first quarter 2022

The security world keeps changing, with new tools and new threats in the ever-evolving arms race that is cybersecurity. To keep you up to speed on all that Google Cloud is doing to help safeguard your data and your applications, welcome to the first installment of the Security Roundup. In this regular series, I’ll be sharing a selection of news and guidance to help ensure you have the resources you need for your hectic, high-stakes harm-preventing job. 

Applying the principle of least privilege to GKE clusters 

Access to your GKE clusters – just like any other resource – should be based on the principle of least privilege.  Use groups, individual roles, and Identity and Access Management tools to limit who can do what with your Kubernetes clusters in Google Cloud. These principles can help you control who uses which elements of the Kubernetes API as well as how they access your clusters. More details are in Anthony Bushong’s video.

Ensuring CI/CD pipeline security

To make sure only trusted code artifacts enter your continuous integration and deployment pipeline, you can take advantage of Binary Authorization on Google Cloud, and then only permit signed builds to go through. Learn more in Martin Omander’s video interview and walkthrough with XIaowen Lin.

Protecting against denial of service and flooding attacks

Once your applications are on the web, they become potential targets for attack. You can use Cloud Armor to protect against many types of traffic attacks, including distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), HTTP POST flood attacks, and more. After learning the normal traffic patterns of your apps, Cloud Armor monitors for anomalies and then generates alerts or intervenes on your behalf to block malicious traffic. Learn more with Arman Rye in this video.

Defending against cyberattacks with Palo Alto Networks

If you use Palo Alto Networks products for endpoint protection or network monitoring, now you can integrate the signals from those systems into Google Cloud security tools. You can ingest device health conclusions from Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR to boost your visibility into those endpoints’ state and improve your trust decisions. BeyondCorp Enterprise users can incorporate Cortex XDR metadata into access policies, leveraging additional posture information to add another level of trusted device information and operate with more confidence. Check out the details in this interview with Mason Yan at Palo Alto Networks.

Dealing with Apache Log4j 2 vulnerability(ies)

The Apache Log4j 2 vulnerability, if exploited, makes it possible for attackers to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable server. Read this post by the Google Cybersecurity Action Team for more details on log4j vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-44228 and CVE-2021-45046) and how you can find out if you’re affected. It includes advice for how to use Google Cloud products like Binary Authorization rules and Security Command Center to keep your cloud deployments safe.

Good luck out there, and remember: Keep your data yours!

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