Cybersecurity, Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) and Resiliency

Security Configuration Management (SCM)

Solution Overview

Security Configuration Management (SCM) is the management and control of secure configurations for an information system to enable security and facilitate the management of risk.


Minimizing security risk and achieve regulatory compliance

Modern enterprises face two enormous challenges: how to minimise network security risks and maintain compliance with industry and/or government regulations.

Security configuration management (SCM) enables IT security professionals to reduce their networks' attack surfaces by proactively and continuously hardening the security configurations of operating systems, applications, and network devices. At the same time, security configuration management (SCM) enables compliance auditors to monitor compliance with mandated policies.

Security configuration management (SCM) invested by enterprise is intent to achieve either one or both of the following objectives:

  • To reduce your network's attack surface, by hardening network assets to minimise the potential for network security breaches
  • To achieve regulatory compliance with industry and/or government regulations

Address IT security and IT operation requirement

What is SCM? Security configuration management (SCM) is a point solution product developed to address IT security and IT operations requirement. It is a software-based solution that combines elements of vulnerability assessment, automated remediation, and configuration assessment.

The goal of security configuration management (SCM) is to reduce security risks by ensuring that system are properly configured and hardened to meet internal and/or regulatory security and compliance standards.

Typical security configuration management (SCM) combines network monitoring and endpoint protection methodologies to compare monitored systems against an approved configuration baseline. Deviations from this baseline, known as test failures, can often be corrected with little to no human intervention.


Every enterprise use SCM for Compliance

How SCM is used? Security configuration management (SCM) is a "must-have" solution for hardening IT systems and network devices (routers, switches, and other network components) and for demonstrating compliance with regulatory standards. Virtually every enterprise and government used security configuration management (SCM) whether perform manually or use the system tool as part of a defense-in-depth strategy and as a means of verifying compliance with regulatory standards.

From an IT security perspective, hardening computer systems is a fundamental step toward securing the network, from assess to understanding vulnerability and exploitable weaknesses, missing security controls, recommendation to hardened configurations.

From an IT operations perspective, failing to comply with industry and/or government regulations can result not only in security breaches but also in costly fines for noncompliance. Security configuration management (SCM) gives organisations a clear path to achieving regulatory compliance and makes it easy to demonstrate compliance through a variety of prebuilt reports and templates.


Target Users & Use Cases

Security configuration management (SCM) is design and cater for the followings group of users:

  • Organisations with dedicated IT security teams. These organisations understand that every entity is a target for cyberattacks and see security configuration management (SCM) as critical to their defence-in-depth strategy against these threats.
  • Organisations that must comply with security mandates. Various industry and government policies require certain organisations to secure sensitive data. For examples, PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, NERC, GLBA, FISMA.

Organisations that leverages security configuration management (SCM) for policy compliance typically automatically gain the benefits of an increased security posture, due to reduce attack surface and achieve regulatory compliance.

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File Integrity Monitoring Matter

Typically SCM can not do right with FIM. File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) is monitoring files for deviations from an expected or baseline state. While security configuration management (SCM) helps prevent cyberattacks by creating known and trusted states for servers and databases; File integrity monitoring (FIM) automatically detects when those states have been changed and a threat maybe present. This is particular so for real-time or agent ongoing FIM deployed under the context of security configuration management (SCM).

Most of the Security configuration management (SCM) offering in market will feature both security configuration management (SCM) and file integrity monitoring (FIM) in the offer, unless agent less solution is deployed, which may lack some of the continuous configuration monitoring feature.


Modern Features

Modern Security Configuration Management (SCM) Features. The goals of all security configuration management (SCM) products are the same - hardening network assets and maintaining regulatory compliance - despite some feature set slight different.

  • Policy library - a collection of policy tests that are relevant for IT security and regulatory compliance.
    System baselining - capturing the state of a monitored node.
  • Agent - security configuration management (SCM) agents for Windows, Unix, and Linux systems are important. Active agents based SCM provide a greater level of detail than passive scanning alone, and they update the security configuration management (SCM) console in real time as the configurations of monitored nodes change.
  • Periodic agentless scanning network devices such as routers, switches, and intrusion prevention system (IPS) appliances to detect deviations from approved configuration baselines, focused on harvesting detailed configuration items.
  • Dashboards - every security configuration management (SCM) provides a dashboard for viewing SCM data in the aggregate, and drill down into dashboard charts and graphs to see the underlying host configuration data.
  • Reports - since orgnizaitons must comply with industry or government regulations, the SCM offer templates related to what you need.
  • Remediation guidance - provide step-by-step remediation guidance and instructions for resolving the configuration error.
  • Asset tags (like metadata) - to classify assets with business-relevant attributes, such as risk, priority, geographic location, and which regulatory policies govern which assets.
  • Policy waivers / exception - to overrides failed policy-test results when calculate a score for the policy.
  • Third-party product integration - depend on the SCM solution, some may offer security information and event management (SIEM), IT governance, risk management, and compliance (IT GRC), configuration management database (CMDB)

E-SPIN & Security Configuration Management (SCM)

E-SPIN has been active in both Security Configuration Management (SCM) and related total solution supply, project management, network/system integration, training and maintenance for enterprise customers since 2005. Be it part of holistic enterprise turnkey project or point solution use case.

Feel free to contact E-SPIN for the hassle free, project turnkey supply with value added services (VAS), from consulting, project management, training and maintenance. Be it for global fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations (MNCs), public listed medium to large enterprises, national government agencies, who need to access it for carry out project and operation requirements.

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