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Keeping your data secure

HPE recognizes that the data you are entrusting to our application is both sensitive and vital to the ability to run your business. That is why we work to ensure that your data is secure and accessible only to those who have the need and right to see it.

Architecture

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides the cloud infrastructure upon which the HPE Consumption Analytics platform application runs, and serves as HPE Consumption Analytics platform’s secure datacenter. This infrastructure is designed for security and is monitored constantly for network and security issues. For more information about AWS security, see the AWS documentation at https://aws.amazon.com/security/.

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​HPE Consumption Analytics platform stores customer data in a private network. This network is behind a firewall and therefore not accessible to requests from the Internet. In addition to the basic firewall security provided by AWS, HPE Consumption Analytics platform restricts traffic internally and externally using Amazon Security Groups, and both private and public sub-networks. The network is highly segregated, with each resource type in its own sub-network, and access is carefully granted through firewall rules. Only authenticated HPE Consumption Analytics platform users can access endpoints on the private network.

All data is partitioned by tenant, and all authenticated requests are scoped to a tenant (or a user within a tenant, where applicable). This partitioned multi-tenant architecture limits access to the data associated with each authenticated tenant, thus preventing the possibility of one tenant having access to another’s data.

User permissions within the application itself are highly granular, ensuring that access to information can be very tightly controlled – users can see what they need to, and no more. The application is tested for common security issues, including cross-site scripting and SQL injection/parameterized query attacks.

Certification

AWS is ISO 27001 certified, and most of the AWS infrastructure used by HPE Consumption Analytics platform is PCI compliant and covered by SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 reports. The PCI and HIPAA standards do not apply to HPE Consumption Analytics platform because we do not handle payment card data or protected health information.

Questions and answers

This section lists common questions and answers about HPE Consumption Analytics platform security and how HPE protects your data.

What sensitive information (such as cloud provider credentials) does HPE Consumption Analytics platform store for each cloud provider?

HPE Consumption Analytics platform stores and encrypts the following provider credentials so you can collect usage and billing data:

  • For basic Azure collections, HPE Consumption Analytics platform stores the Enrollment Number and Primary Key (Access Key) for the Enterprise Account. If you add Azure subscriptions to a collection, HPE Consumption Analytics platform also stores the name and ID of each subscription, the Microsoft account used to connect Azure subscriptions to your collection, and the token used to authenticate that account.
  • For AWS collections, HPE Consumption Analytics platform stores the Access Key ID, Secret Access Key, and Cost Bucket.
  • For Google collections, HPE Consumption Analytics platform stores the bucket name and report prefix, as well as the name of the Google account used to access Google Cloud Platform.
Does any third-party vendor have access to my data?

HPE shares aggregated data with certain partners. This data is only intended to indicate industry trends in cloud usage, and does not include any information that can be used to identify a specific company or individual.

What measures does HPE take to prevent my cloud provider credentials from becoming compromised?

HPE Consumption Analytics platform encrypts all credentials in our database using AES-256 encryption.

What data is encrypted in the HPE Consumption Analytics platform database?

HPE Consumption Analytics platform encrypts your cloud platform credentials. For Azure collections, HPE Consumption Analytics platform also encrypts the token used to authenticate the Microsoft account used to connect Azure subscriptions to your collection. For Google collections, HPE Consumption Analytics platform encrypts the authentication token for the Google account used to connect with Google Cloud Platform.

What encryption strategy does HPE Consumption Analytics platform use?

AES with 256-bit keys.

Who can see sensitive data stored in HPE Consumption Analytics platform, whether encrypted or otherwise?

No employees of HPE have direct access to any of the sensitive information we store.

If my cloud provider credentials were compromised, what could a criminal do with them?

If someone had access to the provider credentials stored in HPE Consumption Analytics platform they would have access to your usage and billing data. This does not include any payment information such as a credit card number.

If you have configured HPE Consumption Analytics platform to purchase, sell, and modify reserved instances (RIs) for you, and have granted the corresponding permissions in your Amazon Web Services accounts, then the person in possession of your credentials would be able to purchase, sell, and modify RIs using those AWS accounts.

What measures are in place to prevent someone (including a HPE employee) from locking a customer out of its own cloud provider?

The cloud provider permissions required by HPE Consumption Analytics platform are not sufficient to change a password or lock a cloud provider account in some other way.

What measures are in place to prevent someone (including a HPE employee) from locking a customer out of the HPE Consumption Analytics platform application?

Only select HPE employees have the administrative access to change a customer's access to the application.

Does HPE run security updates on its systems?

Yes. Per industry-accepted standards, HPE applies security updates to its systems regularly using the Chef configuration management tool.

Does HPE conduct regular penetration tests on its systems?

While HPE does not run regular penetration tests to identify vulnerabilities in system security, the underlying host provider (AWS) does perform these tests on its systems and applications. For more information, see https://aws.amazon.com/security/penetration-testing/.

Does HPE use antivirus software on its systems?

Though HPE Consumption Analytics platform systems are not at high risk for viruses and malware, its underlying AWS systems do use antivirus and malware-prevention software.

Does HPE Consumption Analytics platform use intrusion-detection systems and/or intrusion-prevention systems?

HPE Consumption Analytics platform does not use a typical IDS/IDP system to monitor traffic at the perimeter of the network boundary.

Does HPE have a formal disaster-recovery/business continuity plan in place?

While HPE has not implemented a formal DR/BCP, disaster recovery is handled by the underlying AWS architecture.

What measures does HPE take to keep the physical servers secure?

Physical security of AWS data centers is implemented by Amazon. No HPE employee has physical access to the servers containing your data.

Does HPE Consumption Analytics platform support single sign-on?

Yes, for HPE Passport, Azure Active Directory, and Google accounts. For details, see Signing in with Microsoft or Google.

Does HPE Consumption Analytics platform support multifactor authentication?

To log in to HPE Consumption Analytics platform you need your user name and password. No additional, authentication methods (such as smart cards or one-time passwords) are required.

Does HPE Consumption Analytics platform support centralized account management?

Yes. Within the HPE Consumption Analytics platform application, HPE creates one Owner account for you. The Owner has full access to HPE Consumption Analytics platform features, and can partition feature access to other HPE Consumption Analytics platform user accounts at your site as he or she sees fit.

At the system level, HPE manages system accounts using the Chef configuration management tool.

What fields does HPE Consumption Analytics platform pull from each cloud provider API?

HPE Consumption Analytics platform pulls the fields listed in the following table. For information about how HPE Consumption Analytics platform maps provider fields to normalized field names, see Field mapping.

Amazon Web Services     Microsoft Azure     Google Cloud Platform
  Account Name  
  AccountOwnerId  
  AdditionalInfo  
AvailabilityZone Consumed Quantity  
BlendedCost Consumed Service  
BlendedRate Cost Center  
InvoiceID Date Account ID
ItemDescription Day Consumption
LinkedAccountId Department Name Cost
Operation ExtendedCost Credit1
PayerAccountId Instance ID Credit1 Amount
PricingPlanId Meter Category Credit1 Currency
ProductName Meter Sub-Category Currency
RateId Meter Region Description
RecordType Meter Name End Time
RecordId Month Line Item
ReservedInstance Product Meter ID Measurement1
ResourceId Resource Group Measurement1 Total 
SubscriptionId Resource Location Measurement1 Units
UnBlendedCost ResourceRate Project
UnBlendedRate ServiceAdministratorId Project ID
UsageEndDate ServiceInfo1 Project Labels
UsageStartDate ServiceInfo2 Project Name
UsageQuantity Store Service Identifier Project Number
UsageType SubscriptionGuid Start Time
Additionally, HPE Consumption Analytics platform pulls tags included in the Cost Allocation Report, as defined in AWS. SubscriptionId  
  Subscription Name  
  Tags  
  Unit Of Measure  
  Year  
Can HPE share system logs with me?

To help maintain security, HPE does not make system logs available. However, upon request HPE can send you limited audit information.