CISA Seeks Public Feedback on Cloud Application Security Guidance

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) seeks public comment on guidance to protect business applications in the cloud.

Titled Secure Cloud Business Applications (SCuBA) Hybrid Identity Solutions Architecture, the document is intended to help federal agencies securely integrate cloud-based solutions with existing on-premises infrastructure.

The SCuBA project includes two guidance documents developed by CISA that provide agencies with recommendations on adopting the security and resiliency best practices needed to use cloud services.

“SCuBA will help protect Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) information assets stored in cloud environments through consistent, effective, modern, and manageable security configurations,” CISA notes.

While primarily intended for federal agencies, these documents can be used by any organization.

The first document, (SCuBA) Technical Reference Architecture (TRA), is intended to provide context, standard views, and terminology that aligns with SCuBA.

The second document describes the extensible framework of the Visibility Reference Framework (eVRF), designed to help organizations identify visibility data to use to mitigate threats, understand the amount of visibility products and services can provide, and identify possible gaps.

The eVRF consists of a guide that defines concepts and workflows, and workbooks that define specific visibility surfaces and allow organizations to create visibility coverage maps.

CISA opened TRA and eVRF for public comment last year (the public comment period for them has ended) and is now seeking information on the Hybrid Identity Solutions Architecture guide (PDF), which details identity management options and challenges associated with integrating on-premises and cloud-based solutions, and provides recommendations on how to address them.

The public comment period for the document will end on April 17, 2023.

“In accordance with Executive Order 14028, CISA’s SCuBA project aims to develop consistent, effective, modern, and manageable security that will help secure agency information assets stored in cloud operations,” CISA notes.

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