Monitoring the Google Compute Engine is essential to mitigate events that could jeopardize the security of your cloud environment. Cloud platforms offer many advantages in security, flexibility, and scalability, but are in no way immune from security incidents, and Google Cloud Compute is no exception.
Public cloud vendors like Google, AWS, and Azure operate on the shared responsibility model where security is split between the cloud vendor and the customer. Managing IAM roles, network configurations, and user activity falls under the jurisdiction of the customer. Tracking cloud activity at a granular level and gaining actionable insights on the state of your cloud can be daunting, but there are solutions that can help.
Log360, a security information and event management (SIEM) solution, audits Google activity logs. It collects and aggregates admin activity audit logs, data access audit logs, and system event audit logs to give you actionable insights in the form of reports and graphs. With these, you can closely track events in your cloud environment while saving time and resources for other critical tasks. Log360 can give you information on recent changes in VM instances, instance templates, node groups, and snapshots.
In addition to comprehensive reports on Google Cloud Compute events, Log360 can detect anomalies based on time, pattern, and count. Is it usual for a user to log in at 3am and make changes to a VM instance? If so, Log360's machine-learning algorithms will log this as an anomaly and assign a risk score. A high risk score could indicate that this series of events is worth investigating. This preemptive approach to security can help you narrow down your focus to areas that really need your attention.