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Agent-Based Cloud Security: Protecting Your Cloud Environment from Supply Chain Attacks

Sanjiv Cherian

Sanjiv Cherian, Cyber Security Director
Aug 14, 2023

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Hey there, cyber gang! Today, we're seeking agent-based cloud security, the unsung hero that safeguards your organisation from the menacing threats of supply chain attacks. Cloud security is paramount to organisations looking to safeguard their sensitive data and ensure business continuity. Agent-based cloud computing security solutions have emerged as a popular choice for detecting and preventing security threats within cloud environments. While agent-based solutions offer numerous benefits, they can also become a target for supply chain attacks, posing significant risks to organisations. In this blog, we will check into agent-based cloud security, the challenges of supply chain attacks, and how organisations can mitigate these risks to protect their cloud infrastructure effectively.

Understanding Agent-Based Cloud Security

Agent-based cloud security solutions are software applications designed to run on individual cloud hosts, providing real-time monitoring and protection against security threats. These solutions offer a granular level of security control, allowing organisations to customise security settings for each host based on specific requirements. By continuously monitoring activities within the cloud environment, agent-based solutions can detect potential security breaches, unauthorised access, malware, and other threats, allowing for timely response and mitigation.

The Challenge: Supply Chain Attacks on Agent-Based Cloud Security

Supply chain attacks have emerged as a significant threat in the cybersecurity landscape. These attacks target a vendor's software development process or supply chain to compromise software integrity or services delivered to end-users. In the context of agent-based cloud security, supply chain attacks may involve attackers compromising the software development process of the security vendor, injecting malicious code into the agent-based solution, or stealing code-signing certificates.

Once a supply chain attack successfully infiltrates an agent-based cloud security solution, the attacker gains unauthorised access to the cloud host. This could lead to data exfiltration, unauthorised modifications, or the launch of additional attacks within the cloud environment. Such breaches can cause severe damage to an organisation's reputation, customer trust, and financial stability. According to a new analysis from software supply chain management company Sonatype, the number of claimed supply chain attacks deploying malicious third-party components has surged 633% over the previous year.

Mitigating the Risk of Supply Chain Attacks

While supply chain attacks cannot be eliminated, organisations can proactively mitigate them and enhance their cloud security posture. Here are some essential strategies to protect against supply chain attacks on agent-based cloud security solutions:

Trusted Vendors:

Only install agent-based solutions from reputable and trusted vendors. Conduct thorough research, read customer reviews, and verify the vendor's security practices before deploying their solutions within your cloud environment.

Regular Updates:

Update agent-based solutions by installing the latest versions and patches. Regular updates help address known vulnerabilities and ensure the solution is equipped to defend against emerging threats.

Secure Network:

Use a secure, isolated network to install and update agent-based solutions. Isolating security applications from the public internet reduces the exposure to potential attacks and minimizes the attack surface.

Monitor for Suspicious Activity:

Implement robust monitoring and logging mechanisms to track the activities of agent-based solutions. Abnormal behavior or suspicious activity should be immediately investigated to detect potential supply chain attacks.

Additional Tips to Bolster Cloud Security

Beyond supply chain attack mitigation, here are some additional tips to strengthen cloud security when using agent-based solutions:

CSPM Scanning:

Utilise Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tools to scan for misconfigurations and vulnerabilities in agent-based solutions. CSPM tools can provide real-time insights into the security posture of your cloud environment and identify potential weaknesses.

Least Privilege Access:

Implement the principle of least privilege for agent-based solutions. Restrict access rights to the minimum level required for their functioning, reducing the potential impact of any compromise.

Firewall Restriction:

Utilise firewalls to limit access to agent-based solutions. Employing firewall rules can control communication channels and restrict access to the necessary parties, preventing unauthorised access.

Regular Backups:

Regularly back up agent-based solutions and their configurations. This ensures you can restore to a known secure state in case of a compromise.

How Microminder CS Can Help:

In the context of supply chain attacks and agent-based cloud security, several Microminder services can be particularly beneficial for organisations to enhance their cloud security posture and protect against potential threats. Let's explore the highly relevant services to this situation and how they can assist organisations:

Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM):

CSPM is a critical service that can help organisations ensure their cloud environments' proper configuration and security. With the rise in supply chain attacks targeting agent-based cloud security solutions, CSPM can scan and assess the security posture of these solutions for misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and compliance gaps. By regularly monitoring the cloud environment, CSPM provides visibility into potential weaknesses, enabling timely remediation to prevent any exploitation by attackers.

SOC as a Service (SOCaaS) and Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Services:

SOCaaS and MDR services are essential for proactive threat detection and response. These services offer 24/7 monitoring of the cloud environment, including agent-based security solutions. In a supply chain attack or any suspicious activity, a dedicated team of security experts can promptly detect and respond to the incident, minimising the potential impact on the organisation.

Vulnerability Management Services:

Vulnerability Management Services focus on identifying and prioritising vulnerabilities within the cloud environment, including vulnerabilities in agent-based cloud security solutions. By conducting regular vulnerability assessments and assessments, organisations can stay ahead of potential supply chain attacks and patch any security gaps promptly.

Threat Intelligence and Hunting Services:

Threat Intelligence and Hunting Services provide organisations with the latest insights into emerging threats and attack techniques, including supply chain attack vectors. Leveraging threat intelligence, these services can proactively search for potential indicators of compromise and signs of supply chain attacks targeting agent-based security solutions.

Identity and Access Management Services (IAM):

IAM services are crucial for controlling access to sensitive resources within the cloud environment, including agent-based cloud security solutions. Implementing robust IAM measures ensures that only authorised personnel access these critical security components, reducing the risk of unauthorised access and potential supply chain breaches.

Application Security Solutions and Source Code Review Services:

Application Security Solutions and Source Code Review Services focus on securing web and mobile applications, including agent-based cloud security solutions that may have web-based components. By conducting thorough code reviews and implementing robust security measures, organisations can identify and address any vulnerabilities that could be exploited in a supply chain attack.

Thus leveraging the expertise of Microminder's services, such as CSPM, SOCaaS, Vulnerability Management, Threat Intelligence, IAM, Application Security, and more, can help organisations against potential threats. These services provide continuous monitoring, proactive threat detection, and rapid response to incidents, ensuring that agent-based security solutions remain secure and resilient. With Microminder's support, organisations can confidently safeguard their cloud infrastructure and data, achieving a robust cloud security posture in the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.


In the face of increasing supply chain attacks and the potential risk to agent-based solutions, organisations must adopt a comprehensive approach to cloud security. Agent-based cloud security solutions are pivotal in safeguarding cloud environments from security threats. However, the rise in supply chain attacks highlights the importance of implementing comprehensive security measures to protect these critical solutions. By adopting trusted vendors, maintaining up-to-date software, and following best practices, organisations can significantly reduce the risk of supply chain attacks and strengthen their cloud security posture.

At Microminder CS, we understand the significance of robust cloud security. Our suite of cloud security services, including CSPM, SOCaaS, and Vulnerability Management, is tailored to help organizations fortify their cloud environments against emerging threats. Embrace our expert solutions to enhance cloud security resilience and gain peace of mind. Contact Microminder CS today and experience a new level of cloud security excellence.

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