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Meeting Egress Related Regulatory Compliance Requirements in Production

This is Part 1 of our series on how platform teams can leverage Qpoint’s egress observability and control capabilities to meet regulatory compliance requirements for their production environments.

Rob Genova
May 23, 2024

Modern production environments are becoming increasingly interconnected across clouds, on-prem, and SaaS services. A key challenge for platform engineering teams that need to comply with regulatory frameworks like FEDRAMP, ISO 27001, PCI, and SOC2 lies in effectively managing and securing the egress traffic from their core applications (the HTTP and other requests to external endpoints outside the network). Qpoint’s universal egress visibility and control platform provides the flexibility that platform teams need to meet their compliance requirements in a digital landscape that continues to rapidly evolve.

 

Egress Traffic is Often Overlooked

Managing egress traffic is a complex challenge that many organizations overlook - an oversight that can result in the exfiltration of sensitive data by unauthorized internal actors or malicious intruders, making it a critical focus area for regulatory compliance. Qpoint addresses this challenge by offering unparalleled visibility and control over egress, empowering platform engineering teams to confidently monitor, manage, and secure egress traffic flows​ using a consistent workflow across their production environments. This proactive approach to egress traffic management ensures that potential compliance violations and vulnerabilities are detected and mitigated before they can cause significant harm.

 

Securing Egress for Regulatory Compliance 

Compliance frameworks like FEDRAMP and ISO 27001 demand rigorous observability and security measures, including comprehensive monitoring of data flows, controlling access to sensitive information, and ensuring data integrity and confidentiality during transit. These frameworks emphasize the importance of securing both incoming and outgoing data, which includes monitoring egress traffic to prevent unauthorized data exfiltration. By addressing the security of data flows in both directions, these standards mitigate the risks associated with data security, making them essential for businesses handling sensitive internal or customer information. Adhering to these standards not only protects the organization from potential data breaches but also builds trust with customers and partners by demonstrating a commitment to maintaining high security standards.

 

Improve Egress Observability with Qtap

Qtap is a crucial first step for a platform team looking to improve its regulatory compliance posture. Leveraging the latest eBPF technology, Qtap enables a team to effortlessly discover which applications are making external requests, to which endpoints, and what the payloads are. This capability is essential for preventing unauthorized data exfiltration and ensuring that PII and other sensitive information does not leave the network without proper oversight. By enabling a team to map sources and destinations for all PII, Qtap can validate compliance with data protection laws like GDPR, HIPAA, and others. Qtap also enables an organization to systematically perform detailed audit logging of all outbound requests and responses from their core applications, ensuring traceability and accountability for security investigations and forensic analysis.

 

Zero Trust Security for Egress Traffic with Qproxy

Qproxy enables a platform team to take its compliance strategy to the next level with access control capabilities for egress that limit external communication to approved sources and destinations only - based on identity. And to further reduce the risk of accidental data exposure or a data breach by an attacker, Qproxy can selectively scrub PII from egress traffic before it leaves the network to ensure compliance with privacy regulations and to protect sensitive information. This capability is highly customizable as described in the next section.

 

Extend Qpoint Functionality with Next Generation Middleware

One of Qpoint's strengths is its extensible and flexible middleware framework which enables a team to adapt and customize Qtap or Qproxy capabilities to meet specific compliance and security requirements. This flexibility ensures that Qpoint can be integrated into an existing platform or production environment without disrupting established workflows​​. Platform engineers can write and deploy custom middleware functions in any WASM supported language to address any unique challenges not currently supported by the Qpoint middleware catalog.

 

Conclusion

Qpoint stands out as an egress focused compliance enabler by offering a flexible toolset that platform teams can use to meet the stringent requirements of various regulatory frameworks for their production environments. By integrating Qpoint’s solutions, a business can get unparalleled visibility into and robust governance over the egress traffic from the core applications that have access to its most sensitive data, to reinforce their compliance posture and maintain trust with their stakeholders.

Are you interested in further exploring how Qpoint can transform your regulatory compliance strategy for your most critical production environments? Engage our solutions engineering team for a detailed demonstration and discussion on the best fit for the unique needs of your organization.

Stay tuned for additional posts in this series which will detail how Qpoint can help your organization meet your egress related compliance requirements for specific frameworks including FEDRAMP, ISO 27001, PCI/DSS, SOC2, and others.