An Overview of How InsightCloudSec Unifies Visibility of Your Cloud Infrastructure

In InsightCloudSec, all services, utilities, or functions that make up your cloud are managed as Resources. Regardless of the Cloud Service Provider (CSP), e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP, etc., InsightCloudSec uses normalized terminology in a single unified display of all of your cloud resources. For example, a "Storage Container" in InsightCloudSec includes: AWS’ S3 Bucket, GCP’s Cloud Storage, Azure’s Blob Storage Container, or Alibaba’s Object Storage Bucket.

Resources are fundamental to every feature within InsightCloudSec. After deploying our platform and connecting your cloud accounts, the Resources page is a single location from which to view resources across all of your cloud accounts.

Resources Landing Page

Resources Landing Page

With the correct access and permissions, every resource in your cloud is available in InsightCloudSec. This visibility is the key building block for creating meaningful reporting, management, and automation.

Starting with your Resources, InsightCloudSec capabilities allow you to refine your view by applying Query Filters to create Insights or Insight Packs, and then take action using Bots.

The image below is a high level overview of the key InsightCloudSec features. The connection between these features allows you to customize your configuration for a clearer understanding of the impact, security, and compliance of what exists in your cloud environments.


InsightCloudSec Features

Before Getting Started

Before getting started with Resources, you will need to have a functioning InsightCloudSec installation that includes at least one connected cloud account. If you haven't connected any cloud accounts, there won't be any resources to view.

Take a look at our Cloud Account Setup page to review the steps for connecting your cloud account(s).

Viewing & Accessing Resources

The "Resource" option on main navigation in InsightCloudSec expands to display access to:

  • Resources (the section we are reviewing here)
    This page walks through the details around the information available in the main "Resources" section of the InsightCloudSec platform (or the first option under the Resource menu).

  • Resource Groups
    Resource Groups offer a way to more efficiently manage resources, enabling users to apply functionality to groups of resources.

  • Application Context
    Application Context provides visibility into your Applications, which are collections of resources/infrastructure that are dynamically built and maintained

  • Tag Explorer
    The Tag Explorer of InsightCloudSec allows users to create tagging configurations to view breakdowns of tagged (or untagged) resources.

Resources Landing Page

Selecting "Resources" from the main navigation menu displays the main Resources landing page.

InsightCloudSec includes 6 categories of resources: Compute, Containers, Storage, Network, Identity & Management, and Machine Learning & AI.

  • These categories display at the top of the main "Resources" landing page.
  • Individual resource types can be selected under their applicable resource category.
Resource Categories

Resource Categories

Navigating Resources

Resources under each category are organized alphabetically. You can modify the view of your resources using search, scope, or Query Filters. You can also toggle the list of resources for each category using the "Vertical Ordering" toggle. Navigation tools (from left to right) include:

  • "Resource Type Search" Click the arrow to expand the full list, otherwise begin typing to narrow the selection with suggestions. This search box supports provider-specific terminology. For example, searching for and selecting 'S3 Bucket' will navigate you to the Storage Container Resource Type.
  • "Scopes" (the cloud icon to the right of the search box) Displays resources associated with selected clouds or selected resource groups. You can scope clouds using Badges or searching for specific cloud accounts. You can scope resource groups or applications by searching for specific names (or portions of names) of the resource group or application (respectively).
    • To reset this list, select "X Clear All" next to "Actions" (upper left-hand side of window).
    • To remove specific clouds from the scope, select the "X" next to the cloud name beside "Scopes" (upper left-hand side of window).
  • "Query Filters" (the menu option between Scopes and My Resources) Displays resources scoped by Query Filters. You can search for specific filters by name or partial name, cloud type (e.g., AWS), or resource type (e.g. Storage Container) and explore the results with the pagination controls. (See additional details below)
    • To reset this list, select "Clear All" next to "Actions" (upper left-hand side of window).
  • "My Resources" (the person-shaped icon to the right of "Query Filters") Shows only the resources belonging to you, the current owner. To reset the list of resources, click "My Resources" again.

All resources matching your scopes and selected Query Filters will be displayed as a list beneath the resource categories. This list will show different resource characteristics, depending on the resource type selected.

  • For example, characteristics describing a Database Snapshot -- a Storage resource type --may include Snapshot type, Size, and State (Availability). Characteristics describing a Storage Container --also a Storage resource type---may include Total Objects, Size, and Logging Bucket.


A Note About Resources & Insights

Resources are also the building blocks of Insights (and automation, e.g., Bots). This page is a high-level overview of navigating the Resources landing page within the InsightCloudSec platform but it's also important to note that Scoping (via Cloud Accounts, Badges, and Resource Groups), as well as implementing Query Filters, are also accessible through this page, and these capabilities are tied to creating Insights.

This page will not cover the specific details on configuring these additional capabilities, but if you are looking for more information, refer to the following pages:

Query Filters

To narrow your view of Resources select the "Query Filters" option at the top of the page.

Resources Page - Query Filter Option

Resources Page - Query Filter Option

The Query Filters panel allows you to narrow the scope of your resources using Query Filters that you can identify using any of the following:

  • Search - Use text search based on Query Filter names to identify Query Filters
  • Clear - Allows you to clear all selected criteria and start over
  • Select Cloud - Identify Query Filters based on their supported Cloud Service Provider or multiple providers (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) by selecting or text searching
    • Hover over the Cloud Service Provider icon to see all supported options (e.g. AWS, AWS GovCloud, AWS China)
  • Select Resource Type - Identify Query Filters based on supported resource type (e.g., storage container, instance, database) by selecting or text searching
  • Category - Identify Query Filters based on category (e.g., Compute, Container, Network) by selecting
Resources Page - Query Filter Panel

Resources Page - Query Filter Panel

Viewing Query Filter Details
Each line in the panel shows the name of the Query Filter along with the icons for all supported Cloud Service Providers. Click on the arrow to the left of any Query Filter name to see additional details for any Query Filter including:

  • Description of the Query filter behavior
  • Supported Resource Types
  • Query Filter code (Note: If these details are not visible, your InsightCloudSec platform installation may not include support for an associated feature. Reach out to our team through Getting Support to confirm, or discuss access.)
Query Filter Details

Query Filter Details

Applying Query Filters

1. Selecting "Config" or "Apply" will allow you to apply the Query Filter to your resources view.

  • If your desired Query Filter has a "Config" button next to it, you will need to supply additional details before applying to the filtered Resource view.
  • If your desired Query Filter has an "Apply" button next to it, click "Apply" to view the filtered Resource view.

2. Click the "X" in the top right of the Query Filter panel to close and view your filtered resources.

3. The Resources Page will display your results with the selected Query Filter(s) applied. The filtered view will show the number of Query Filters applied, the name(s) of the Query Filters, and what resource types are supported.

  • Select "Clear All" to start over
  • Select "Save Insight" to turn your filtered view of resources into a custom Insight
  • Select "Download Resources" to download the filtered set of resources
Resources Page - Applied Query Filter

Resources Page - Applied Query Filter

The name of the Query Filter will appear red if it is misconfigured. Hover over the name to see details about the issue.


Misconfigured Query Filter

Downloading Resources

At the top of the Resource Management page, you have the option to download your full cloud asset/resource inventory (up to 250,000 items).

Download Resources

Download Resources

This download capability can be filtered in one of two ways.

  • Through the modal when you click the Download button, or
  • By selecting a Query Filter for the resources and then selecting the download button

Click on the download button to display all of the resources available in an alphabetical list (by normalized InsightCloudSec name) and then select your desired resource.

  • In addition, use the resource type, badge, or tag fields to provide a keyword to narrow the list of options to select.
  • You can also download JSON details of an individual resource through the resource blade view.
Download Resources - Narrow Your Scope for Download

Download Resources - Narrow Your Scope for Download

Otherwise, by searching for and applying a Query Filter (e.g., Resource Orphaned), narrow the scope before selecting the download option.


Filtering Set of Resources for Download.

Resource Properties

For visibility into each resource, click on the box-with-arrow icon just to the left of the resource name.

Resource Properties

Resource Properties

In the newly opened pane, the following list shows the most common information available for resources (each of these is a tab at the top of the window):

Note: Depending on the resource, additional information will display, e.g., Permissions for Storage Container resources, InsightVM Vulnerabilities, etc.

  • "Properties" - All resource attributes that are directly accessible, e.g., name, cloud, account ID.
  • "Actions" - All actions you can take for this resource directly from the InsightCloudSec console, e.g., Delete Resource, Remove Public Permission.
  • "Related Resources" - Other resources, if any, associated with the resource. Review Related Resources for details.
  • "Activity" - Scheduled events (if any) and the cloud history for the resource. Cloud history is currently only available for AWS resources.
  • "Insight Findings" - Specific Insights where Bots have found violations or noncompliance, if any, for this resource. Click an Insight's title to open the Insight Report in a new browser tab.
  • "Tags" - Existing tags for this resource with options to edit these as well as add new tags.


Other Important Properties

All Resources also include a "Last Full Harvest" status under the resource properties, note this may be blank if a resource was not recently harvested. Check out Harvesting Overview for more information.

Under "Storage --> Container Images" the resource properties contains a "Vulnerabilities" tab.

Under "Compute --> Instances" the resource properties contains "Threat Findings" tab.

These additional resource properties are particularly useful when working on configuration around security and compliance for these specific resources.

Download Resource JSON

In addition to viewing details about an individual resource you can also download the details in JSON format. Select the individual resource you want to download, expand the detail blade view, and click on the arrow located in the top right of the individual resource view.

  • Note: This downloads all of the data associated with this resource (Properties, Actions, Dependencies, Activity, etc) in JSON format.
Download JSON Details for a Resource

Download JSON Details for a Resource

Source Documents (Data)

For select AWS resource types, there is an additional detail pane, Source Documents, that surfaces raw data about the resource harvested directly from the Cloud Service Provider (CSP). This additional context about your resources can help to further investigate configuration issues or provide deeper analysis. Click into the document viewing area, then use ⌘F (MacOS) or CTRL+F (Windows) to search through the data. This data is also included with the resource download, or can be viewed and copied directly from the Source Documents pane.

Source Documents Supported Resources

Support for this feature is currently available for a subset of AWS resource types. More resources will be added over time along with coverage for other CSPs, including Azure and GCP. The Source Documents detail pane will inform you if the selected resource is not supported.

Source Documents - Supported AWS Resources

Amazon DocumentDB
Amazon Macie
Amazon MemoryDB for Redis
Amazon MQ
Amazon OpenSearch Serverless
Amazon Redshift (Snapshot)
Amazon Sagemaker (Notebook)
Amazon Timestream
Amazon Transcription
API Gateway (Domain, Key, Stage)
Athena (Workgroup)
AWS AppSync
AWS Auto Scaling (Group, Launch Configurations)
AWS Backup (Vault)
AWS Glue (Data Catalog, Security Configuration)
AWS Outposts
AWS Transfer Family (SFTP Server)
Batch (Compute Environment)
CloudWatch (Alarm, EventBridge event bus, Log Group, Rule)
Codebuild Project
Cognito (User Pool)
Container Image (ECR)
DataSync (Task)
Direct Connect
Directory Service
Dynamo DB (Accelerator (DAX))
DMS Replication Instance
EC2 Instance (Amazon EBS Snapshot, Amazon EBS Volume, Launch Template, SSH Key Pair)
Elastic Container Service/Fargate (Cluster, Container Task, Task Definition)
Elastic Container Registry (Container Image)
Elastic IP
Elastic Kubernetes Service (Cluster, Container Instance, Node Group)
Elastic MapReduce
Elastic Network Interface (ENI)
Elastic Transcoder (Pipeline)
IAM (IAM/ACM SSL Certificate)
Key Management Service
Kinesis (Data Firehose)
Kinesis Video Stream
Managed Apache Airflow (Environment)
MSK (Instance)
NACL/Security Group
NACL/Security Group Rules
RDS (Aurora, Aurora global database, Event Subscription, Snapshot)
Route 53 (DNS Zone, Resolver Configuration)
Recycle Bin
S3 (Access Point)
S3 Glacier
Secrets Manager (Secret)
Serverless Application Repository
Simple Notification Service (Subscription)
Simple Queue Service
Step Function State Machine
Storage Gateway (NFS/SMB File Share)
Systems Manager (Parameter Store (Parameter), Document)
WorkSpaces (Instances)
VPC (Endpoint/PrivateLink, Elastic Network Interface (ENI), Flow Log, Internet Gateway, Peer, Managed Prefix List, NAT Gateway, Route, Route Table, Site-to-Site VPN, Subnet, Traffic Mirror Target, Transit Gateway, Virtual Private Gateway)
VPC Subnet

Source Documents - Supported Azure Resources

API Management Service
App Registration
Azure Active Directory Group
Azure Active Directory Service Principal
Azure Active Directory User
Azure Cosmos DB
Data Factory
Event Grid Topic
Federated Azure AD Group
Federated Azure AD User
Logic App
Network Security Group
NSG Flow Logs
Redis Cache
Role Definition
Security Rules
Service Endpoint/Service Endpoint Policy/Private Endpoint
Service Fabric Cluster
Storage Account
Template Spec
Virtual Network

Source Documents - Supported GCP Resources

Airflow Environment
Artifact Registry
Container Cluster
Cloud Credentials
Data Factory
Direct Connect
Logs Storage
NAT Gateway
Network Flow Log
Network Peer
Notification Subscription
Service Certificate
Service Certificate Authority
Service Domain
Service Policy
Shared File System
Stackdriver Sink
Virtual Private Gateway

View & Copy Source Data

From the actions menu and the context details panel, you have the ability to view and copy CSP source data for a given resource. Currently, source data can only be viewed for one resource at a time.

  • The source data is available as a JSON file and contains a summary of the information collected directly from the CSP for a given resource (for example just the data collected directly from AWS). Note to just view and copy this data you will need to cut and paste from the Source Documents tab, the "download" button will provide all of the details for this resource in JSON format including the content on the Source Data tab.
Viewing the Source Documents Data for a Resource

Viewing the Source Documents Data for a Resource

Additional Resource Details

Some helpful additional Resource details are provided below. This is not an exhaustive list of browsing, filtering, or automation capabilities, but an overview to help build your familiarity with what details are available in this section of the InsightCloudSec platform.

Direct Linking for Resources

As part of your Resource, under "Properties", InsightCloudSec includes capabilities to build dynamic links that connect to many resources within Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Resource Direct Link

Resource Direct Link

To display direct link information for any supported resource, select the resource type from your target category, and click on the "Open Resource Properties" dialog (next to the checkbox for individual resources).

  • The last line of the resource properties panel, "Direct Link", will show the link associated with the applicable resource.


Important Details on Direct Linking

Direct Link Permissions
AWS Required permissions (already in the AWS policy): iam:ListAccountAliases
GCP For GCP resources, "view" permissions will be required to properly display and access any direct links.

Supported Resources
Direct link capabilities are currently available for AWS and GCP. Direct links are not applicable to all resources - we are working to expand coverage with each release. For resources that are not supported, links may be improperly formatted or redirect to general console locations rather than resource-specific locations.

Smartlink with Jinja2
You can also use direct link with Jinja2 to create notifications in Slack that link to the resource. The Jinja2 call is {{resource.get_provider_link()}}. Check out additional details on our Jinja2 - References page.

Additional Resource Navigation

Six navigation functions are available for viewing individual resources within your selected resource type.

Additional Navigation Options

Additional Navigation Options

These navigation functions include:

  • "Include Tags" - Allows you to specify up to 5 tags to include in the listing; then displays the values of those tags for each of the listed resources. Learn more about tagging in our page on Tag Explorer.
  • "Create a new resource" - Opens the "Provisioning" screen, from which a new resource can be created. Admin permissions are required.
  • "Refresh Resources in Table" - Refreshes the current resources table.
  • "Download CSV" - Downloads the resource data from the current view as a CSV file. This will download the data per individual resource type (e.g., Compute, Network, Storage, etc.) Note: All resource attributes are downloaded, not just ones toggled 'on' for display in the on-screen table. (See also "Toggle Column Visibility".)
  • "Toggle Column Visibility" - Allows you to select the resource attributes to display as columns in the table. The drop-down list shows only attributes relevant to this resource.
  • "Deselect Resource Type" - This clears the table and returns you to the "Resources" main page.

Managing Resources

To manage a resource, select the checkbox next to the desired resource. The navigation buttons will be replaced by action buttons, which allow you to take actions based on the resource type.

Actions to Manage Resources

Actions to Manage Resources

Example actions for a resource include:


Action Buttons are Contextual

Action buttons vary by resource type and change dynamically based on the resource selected.

  • "Add to a resource group" - Adds the selected resources to a resource group.
  • "Assign Owner" - Opens the "Associate Resource Owner" dialog window with a drop-down list of names from which you can select and assign an owner.
  • "Permanently delete selected resources" - Deletes selected resources after confirmation.
  • "Start selected resources" - Starts the selected resource. (Note: This action only applies to Compute resources.)
  • "Stop selected resources" - Stops the selected resource. (Note: This action only applies to Compute resources.)
  • "Reboot" - Restarts the selected resource (Note: This action only applies to Instances).

Resources with Expanded Data

Some resources integrate with internal (InsightCloudSec) and external functionality and provide expanded data as a result:

  • Cloud Users / Cloud Roles -- These resources integrate with Cloud IAM Governance - Access Explorer, AWS Least-Privileged Access (LPA) - Setup & Config, and Azure Least Privileged Access (LPA)

    • Note: The additional data available with these resources is tied to Access Explorer (which requires a specific license) and the proper configuration of LPA.
  • Cloud Domain User / Cloud Domain Group -- These resources integrate with GCP's Domain-wide delegation, which when configured, provides additional data including MFA Status, Group associations, and last login. Check our the GCP Directory Support page for additional details on configuration.

  • Instances -- Directly connected with the InsightVM Integration

  • Recommendation -- These resources integrate with GCP's Recommendation functionality. Review GCP Recommendation Actions for more information.

  • Federated User / Federated Group -- Azure Users and Groups that have federated access to AWS SSO via Azure AD are now viewable on the Resources page under the Identity & Management section once harvested by the new FederatedPrincipalHarvester. No additional configuration is required for these to appear on the Resources page (previously, they were only viewable via the Access Explorer).

What's Next?

After familiarizing yourself with Resources, and viewing the information available here, we recommend learning more about:

  • Resource Groups - Collections of resources that can be used to apply granular permissions to a subset of a cloud footprint, to improve visibility or to apply custom policy.
  • Insights - An Insight describes a specific behavior, condition, or characteristic of a cloud resource. Insights are the checks built on a combination of one or more Query Filters and scopes that are run on your infrastructure. They can be used to report on resources, or to instruct Bots as to which resources require actions.