Anomaly Detection for Cloud Container Environments
Detect anomalies which are indicators of threats that deviate from your base model of normal infrastructure behavior established through machine learning
Identify and Analyze Anomalies in Cloud and Container Environments
Public clouds enable enterprises to implement infrastructure-as-code and allows them to rapidly develop, test, and deploy services at scale. In this environment, network, storage and compute resources are in constant flux to adapt to business needs. While this agility and flexibility provide many business and technological benefits, the cloud is also more susceptible to new forms of threats and cyber-attacks. Unfortunately, legacy security solutions are unequipped to handle these and leave organizations vulnerable.
Big Data and Anomaly Detection to Secure The Cloud
Traditional security solutions rely on signatures or rule-based approaches. The advantage of these solutions is that the rules are readily understandable. However, the drawbacks are that these rules are manually entered and catch known attack profiles. These rules do not catch new attack profiles and require constant manual maintenance. In addition, to reduce false-positive rates, the rules are typically written for very well defined threat scenarios, limiting their effectiveness in actual production environments.
Lacework takes a completely different approach to anomaly detection. Our approach is to collect high fidelity process, network, file, and user data to form a base model of normal infrastructure behavior. We then use sophisticated analytics and machine learning techniques to detect anomalies which are indicators of threats.
The Lacework anomaly detection system is adaptive as your environment changes. In addition, because these baselines are generated automatically (not manually created), our system can be fine-tuned to reduce false positives at the same time.
The Power of the Polygraph
Lacework’s foundation is Polygraph, a deep temporal baseline built from collecting high fidelity machine/process/users interactions over a period of time. The polygraph is used to detect anomalies, generate appropriate alerts, and provide a tool for users to investigate and triage issues.
Fundamentally, the polygraph technology dynamically develops a behavioral and communication model of your services and infrastructure. The model understands natural hierarchies (processes, containers, pods, machines, etc.) and aggregates them to develop behavioral models. A behavioral model is, in some sense, the essence of how a customer’s infrastructure operates. With this model, Polygraph monitors your infrastructure for activities that fall outside the model. In addition, the polygraph continually updates its models as your data center behavior changes.
Integrated & Comprehensive Anomaly Detection
- Pinpoint exactly how a file changed: content, metadata, and whether the file was modified or simply appended
- Extended information on executables, such as files created without a package installation, command lines used at launch, currently running processes (with users and network activity), and suspect versions
- Expanded file intelligence with integrated threat feeds from ReversingLabs’ library of 5 billion files
- One-click investigation of anomalous events and activities related to FIM signals
- Cloud-wide capabilities for search, file type summaries, and detection of new files
Cloud-Scale & Speed
- Automated configuration, file discovery, and operations
- Scalable architecture with no added complexity or performance penalties
- Anomaly detection included with all Lacework Cloud Security agents
Meet Your Compliance Mandates
- Protect log and configuration files against tampering
- Daily re-check of all monitored files
- Pre-defined directory maps monitor critical files and directories
- Easily configurable; users can add directories to the watch list
Detect and resolve anomalous changes in behavior across your workloads, containers, and IaaS accounts that represent a security risk or an IOC with Lacework’s comprehensive anomaly detection system for enterprise DevOps teams.
- “My argument with InfoSec is always the same. If I take Lacework out, what’s the alternative? There isn’t one.”
Matthew Zeier | Wavefront
- “Lacework Polygraph, within minutes of the attack occurring, was able to detect something that the other ones were not. It outperformed everything we’ve been doing.”
Mario Duarte | Snowflake Computing
- “I’m extremely happy with Lacework. I sleep better at night knowing we have full visibility into our cloud operations. It was the one tool that checked all my security boxes.”
Devin Ertel | Guidebook
- “Lacework offers us speed and offers us the ability to focus on what we do in terms of building a great product that’s secure. I would definitely recommend it to other IT professionals or product companies that are building a cloud-based application.”
Ian O’Brien | Arista Networks
FAQs About Lacework's Anomaly Detection Solution
Lacework’s approach uses automation and unsupervised machine learning. The Lacework anomaly detection system is adaptive as your environment changes. In addition, because these baselines are generated automatically, and our system continually tunes, Lacework is able to deliver high fidelity alerts.
The Lacework Security Platform eliminates false positives and significantly reduces the number of alerts generated and the amount of time needed to investigate all alert events without sacrificing fidelity. We do this by maintaining a rich contextual understanding of each client environment, along with detecting and scoring meaningful changes to nominal behavior.
The Lacework Policy Editor can be used to build customized workload policies which trigger alerts on matching criteria.
Once deployed, the Lacework Cloud Security Platform immediately starts building a contextual understanding of each customer environment. For most environments, Lacework will create a complete contextual map and baseline understanding of each monitored environment within 24-48 hours, depending on the level of activity.