Google Cloud Platform (GCP) provides many unique benefits for its users; however, it’s important to remember that the same threats and vulnerabilities exist on GCP as they do anywhere else. To help with this fact, we’ve outlined some of the most common GCP security concerns and best practices to secure your GCP environment.
The following security guidelines will provide tips and tools for securing your GCP account:
Encryption methods should be used to provide protection against unauthorized intrusion into your stored data in GCP. Google offers several options depending upon the type of information that needs to be secured including cold storage, disk encryption using OS encryption APIs, file system level encryption offered through GCP’s Cloud Storage service, and G Suite data encryption.
There are a number of features that can be used to secure the GCP infrastructure including using Google Compute Engine firewall rules for filtering incoming traffic at various levels; enabling VPC flow logging which allows you to monitor network flows from specific source IP addresses or ranges in GCE & GKE clusters when configured with multiple networks/firewalls; restricting outbound access by creating deny rules within IAM policies.
Protecting your identity is an important aspect of securing your account. There are several ways this is done including individual user accounts that require authentication before granting authorized GCP access, G Suite single sign-on to GCP using Google identity or SAML federation for G Suite users, and Azure AD integration which allows authenticating using company credentials.
Google provides a number of tools that can be used to secure your GCP account at the individual project level including default network security audit policies; Cloud Audit Logs allows you to monitor user activity on projects/instances by specific actions such as creating an instance or making API calls; Identity & Access Management (IAM) policies for controlling what resources are accessible within GCE & GKE clusters when configured with multiple networks/firewalls.
Google Cloud Platform is a powerful tool that can transform the way you work. But it’s important to know how to properly secure your data in order to take full advantage of this innovative service. GCP Testing entails not only the testing of web apps, but also the verification that appropriate security measures have been installed on your cloud applications. Gray box penetration testing is a type of testing that combines black-box and white-box testing methods. Some information is sent to the testers who are doing this testing. The testers will examine the application from the point of view of a malicious outsider. The guidelines we’ve outlined will help you get started thinking about GCP security, and give you some pointers on what steps you should be taking when securing your account against potential threats.