blog post cover

Overview: Unveiling the Need for Forensic Visibility in Cloud Security

Table of contents

During our last webinar, Unveiling the Need for Forensic Visibility in Cloud Security, Emre discussed the importance of forensic visibility in cloud security and how it can assist in protecting your digital assets.


Binalyze offers digital forensics and incident response solutions providing innovative ways to enhance corporate security posture. Emre, CEO and founder of Binalyze walked us through the ups and downs of conducting forensic investigations and brought a comprehensive approach to the subject under the guidance of Serhat, our co-founder.

Here are the highlights from the webinar: 

  • Forensics - The Dark Magic Behind 

At first, forensics was designed to assist law enforcement, especially in the investigation of financial crimes. Today, it is widely used in enterprise environments. Meanwhile, the increasing cloud migration has also increased attack surfaces, resulting in today's cloud security challenges. 

  • Challenges Security Teams and SOCs Face Today

Every second, there is something happening regarding the attack surface, and IBM's data breach report estimates it takes 207 days to identify a breach. Without a clear understanding of what happened and how it happened, it is difficult to figure out what should be done. 

Reading suggestion: 4 Reasons Behind the Attack Surface Expansion

The increase in attack surfaces, volumes, and data that must be guarded requires a much more rigorous approach, and companies also struggle to find talent that has the expertise to handle and respond to incidents on time. It is difficult for SOC teams today to identify unauthorized access, assess breach impacts, collect investigation evidence, and analyze attack patterns, among other things. They also face challenges in meeting regulatory requirements, remediating vulnerabilities, coordinating responses, and effectively evaluating their security controls, leading to potential security gaps and limitations in decision-making.

  • Performing Investigations in 3 Parts

It is the forensic investigations that take up most of the time during the identification process. Having visibility over on-premises assets is the first step, as most professionals do. Binalyze begins with Microsoft and expands to Linux and other platforms. Then they continue with adding support for cloud providers, Azure, GCP, and AWS. The second piece consists of services such as Azure Functions, AWS Lambda, and so on. The third piece is that the other applications in the cloud that would be followed by SaaS and business applications. 

  • Collecting Evidence After an Incident - Is it Possible?

The nature of forensics is reactive. In contrast, Binalyze has taken a proactive approach to forensics. In some cases, you may not know whether a breach has occurred, so it's important to keep an eye on things regularly. Binalyze does baseline analysis which allows the environment to be analyzed regularly. 

  • Forensic Investigations in Cloud Environments - Top 4 Challenges

​​Incidents in the cloud are hard to understand, and it is not possible to approach them with traditional forensic investigation methods. 

  1. Insufficient Cloud Expertise: Every month, new services are launched, so you need to stay on top of them.
  2. Outdated Approaches: These approaches are designed by people with limited cloud expertise. 
  3. Data Collection/Ingestion: Although you are collecting data there are a lot of limitations, such as most services only provide visibility for 3 months. 
  4. Data Accessibility: Ownership is creating a lot of issues.
  • Binalyze - How does it differ?

Binalyze's idea is to speed up the process. Binalyze integrates with other security solutions and collects all the data coming from them like a plumber. The company's flagship product, Binalyze AIR, is a modern DFIR platform that runs both on-premises and in the cloud.

Join us on our next Webinar and learn from the experts!

Continue Reading

next article

17 Best SIEM Tools to Try in 2024

Sign up for our Newsletter