Everything you need to know in order to get started and be successful with ARGOS.
How is ARGOS different?
I already have a SIEM (Azure Sentinel, Splunk, ...).
Awesome. If you already have a SIEM like Azure Sentinel, Splunk, or similar, then you are already doing amazing things and you likely have great insights into what is happening in your environment.
ARGOS won't replace your existing tools. ARGOS complements.
If you get an incident in your SIEM, instead of manually researching what else could be impacted by an issue just have a quick look at ARGOS's diagram for that resource. It includes all the important information like Attack Path Analysis, Lateral Movement Paths, other related cloud resources and even their issues.
Instead of spending hours without context, just spend a minute or two interpreting the ARGOS diagrams.
I already have a CSPM.
Awesome. If you already have a CSPM, then you should already have a list of issues in your environment.
ARGOS won't replace your existing tools. ARGOS complements.
In order to prioritise issues you find in your CSPM just have a quick look at ARGOS's diagram for that resource. It includes all the important information like Attack Path Analysis, Lateral Movement Paths, other related cloud resources and even their issues.
Instead of spending hours or days without context, just spend a minute or two interpreting the ARGOS diagrams.
Does ARGOS support Single Sign On?
The following identities are supported by ARGOS:
- Azure Active Directory / Office 365
- Google / Gmail / GSuite
The account you log into ARGOS with must have a valid email address.
Does ARGOS support Multi Factor Authentication?
If you have MFA configured on the user account you are logging in with, then ARGOS will also prompt you based on that configuration.
We highly recommend you enable MFA (ideally with a FIDO key) on the user account you access ARGOS with.
Do MFA and SSO cost extra?
We will never end up on The SSO Wall of Shame. Promise!
Working with ARGOS
Does ARGOS create cloud architecture diagrams?
Yes! ARGOS provides its users with two different kinds of cloud diagrams that are available after a successful scan is completed.
- Unified ARGOS diagram
- This diagram is available on the Summary page and can display for example "All Azure VMs with a public IP and all the resources in the environment".
- Detection diagram
- This diagram is created for each specific detection and can be found when browsing to an individual detection. It shows the immediate environment around a misconfigured and vulnerable resource.
What information does ARGOS show on cloud architecture diagrams?
ARGOS gives deep insights into a cloud environment (Azure or AWS) on all diagrams.
These insights include:
- lateral movement paths via network or cloud identities
- security and compliance issues
- relationships between resources usually hidden at scale in cloud-native products
How can I use ARGOS AI?
The "ARGOS Cloud Security AI" feature is available on an individual detection's page.
Browse to https://app.argos-security.io/detections , select a detection, wait for the diagram to load and then click the purple button.
ARGOS AI will then analyze the environment for you and offer its interpretation including attack paths and remediation advice.
Can we ignore resources from ARGOS scan?
Can we ignore a detection?
Yes, specific detections can be ignored by an ARGOS user if they are expected on a resource.
Simply find the rule violation in question and click the "ignore" button.
A user can easily revert this by finding the ignored resource and selecting "unignore" at which point the resource will again be included in graphs and scoring.
This action is logged and visible in the audit logs.
Why can't I see any GCP info?
GCP requires their customers to enable API endpoints in order to have applications programmatically interact with GCP services.
Please check the following URL (https://console.cloud.google.com/apis) in each of your GCP projects and make sure that all APIs of services that are in use in your environment are enabled. Follow the GCP documentation in order to enable APIs in your GCP projects.
What reports will I get?
Upon completion of a one-off / ad-hoc scan ARGOS will send you an email with access to a PDF and Word report with all the results from the scan, including individual diagrams for each detection.
Can I work with ARGOS via its API?
Yes, absolutely. ARGOS exposes secure APIs to its customers so that day to day actions can be executed using tools like curl, bash, PowerShell or Postman.
Each ARGOS user will receive their own API key they can use to interact with ARGOS.
What do I have to deploy to use ARGOS?
- Read-only access to Azure to run a one-off, ad-hoc Scan.
- Service Provider Plan for continuous scans: You'll only have to add an Azure Service Principal / Azure AD App Registration (for Azure), an AWS IAM role (for AWS) or GCP Service Account to ARGOS.
That's it. You do not need to deploy any agents or infrastructure into your cloud environment to get the full benefits of running ARGOS. ARGOS does not expect any particular cloud services to be enabled, activated, configured or paid for, like Microsoft Defender for Cloud.
How much does it cost me to run ARGOS?
Besides the subscription cost there is no other cost associated with ARGOS on Azure or GCP.
Be aware that the increase in API calls on AWS might have cost implications for your AWS CloudTrail service. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this.
Note: Using ARGOS to remediate rule violations may have effects on resource cost.
Onboarding Cloud Environments
How do I onboard Azure?
One-off / ad-hoc scan:
- You only need to have Reader access with your user to the Subscription(s) you want to scan. ARGOS will ask you to sign in and ARGOS will use your access to create a temporary connection to Azure.
- If you are a Guest in an Azure tenant or user permissions in a tenant are restricted then you might need to request access to ARGOS from an Azure Active Directory (AAD) admin. The process for this is explained in the ARGOS dashboard.
Continuous scans (for Teams & Service Providers):
- ARGOS requires an Azure AD Application to authenticate to a customer's Azure cloud. You can create one in a few simple steps:
- Once you created the Application, go to "API Permissions" and apply the "Organization.Read.All" permissions of "Application" type (not "delegated"). This requires you to grant admin consent for that permission. This permission is used to read basic information about the Azure AD tenant. In the end it will look like this:
- Once that is created ARGOS requires at least Reader permissions to each Azure subscription you want to monitor.
- Follow these steps to assign Reader permissions to the Azure AD application from above:
If you want to use ARGOS's remediation feature, then ARGOS also requires the appropriate "write" permissions to the Azure subscription.
How do I onboard AWS? (Service Providers only)
ARGOS requires an AWS IAM Role to be created in every AWS account you want ARGOS to monitor.
Follow these steps here to create a role:
In your "My Account" page you can find all required information to create the roles, including the ARGOS AWS Account ID and ExternalId for the IAM role's trust policy. The process behind these information is described in this AWS article.
The role requires access to at least the following IAM policies:
Alternatively, check out the link here to find a very specific IAM policy already prepared for you with precisely the permissions required.
If remediation is used from within ARGOS then the IAM role needs access to make required changes. The policies in this case depend on the services being remediated.
In your "My Account" page you can now add an AWS account specifying the following information.
- AWS Account ID(s)
- AWS IAM Role name
- AWS regions to be monitored
How do I onboard GCP? (Service Providers only)
ARGOS requires a GCP Service Account to authenticate against an organisation's GCP projects.
Please follow these simple steps to create a GCP Service Account:
ARGOS will ask you to upload the Service Account key file that you can download following this process:
At a minimum ARGOS requires the Cloud Asset Viewer and Security Center Service Agent (Project) roles in order to execute the real time inventory and security scanning.
These permissions can be assigned at the Project and / or Folder level.
If you want to use ARGOS's remediation feature we will require you to grant ARGOS the appropriate "write" permissions.
In your "My Account" page you can now add the GCP Projects specifying above information.
Where does ARGOS store my data?
When signing up to ARGOS customers have the choice of regions they want to have their data stored.
Currently ARGOS supports the following regions:
- Europe (EU)
Is my data secure?
ARGOS encrypts sensitive data like the Azure, AWS or GCP credentials with AES-256 GCM in our database.
ARGOS does not store any customer passwords as every customer tenant is automatically enabled for SSO (Single Sign On).
What data does ARGOS store?
ARGOS does not store any application or user data from within your cloud environment.
ARGOS stores data of the following types:
- Cloud Resource IDs
- Cloud Resource Names
- Cloud Resource Configuration
- Cloud Resource Tags
ARGOS does not read any files or access any application data in your environment.
ARGOS does not store any Personal Identifiable Information (PII) nor credit card information.
What happens to our data after we cancel our subscription?
Customer data is automatically marked for deletion 30 days after the end of the subscription.
What is your data retention policy?
You are in complete control over the data in your ARGOS tenant.
If you decide to click "remove data" for certain scanned cloud environments then we will follow that wish right away and delete the data from all systems.
Otherwise, the data will be retained as long as you have an active ARGOS subscription. After which we delete data within 30 days.
How does ARGOS AI work?
ARGOS AI uses a private instance of Azure OpenAI and a mix of multiple large language models (LLMs), specifically GPT3.5-Turbo and GPT4.
Under no circumstances is any customer data used to train a model.
Does ARGOS use my data to train AI models?
No. Customer data is never used to train any AI models.
3rd Party Integrations (Service Providers only)
How do I send notifications to Slack?
ARGOS can send notifications of new detections into a customer-owned Slack channel.
All we require a webhook to this channel. A Slack incoming webhook can be created by clicking the "Add to Slack" button on https://app.argos-security.io/account/notifications
How do I send notifications to Microsoft Teams?
ARGOS can send notifications of new detections into a customer-owned Teams channel.
All we require is the webhook URI to this channel. A Teams incoming webhook can be created by following this process here.
Add the webhook URI to the "Notifications" tab on https://app.argos-security.io/account/notifications .
How do I create issues in Atlassian Jira?
ARGOS can easily create Jira tickets in order to assign detections to the right members of your team.
- browse to https://app.argos-security.io/account/jira
- Add your JIRA user account's email address
- Create a JIRA API token at https://id.atlassian.com/manage-profile/security/api-tokens.
- Provide the URI to your JIRA workspace in the format "https://yourworkspace.atlassian.net/"
- Select the default project to connect ARGOS to
- Select the issue type you want ARGOS to create when exporting
Once configured, a new button will appear when browsing to any detection. Test it out by browsing to https://app.argos-security.io/detections and select any detection. You will now see the "Export to Jira" button.
How do I create issues in Service Now?
ARGOS can easily create Service Now tickets in order to assign detections to the right members of your team.
- browse to https://app.argos-security.io/account/service-now
- Add your Service Now instance name.
- Add a user name and password of a Service Now user with permissions to create incidents in Service Now.
Once configured, a new button will appear when browsing to any detection. Test it out by browsing to https://app.argos-security.io/detections and select any detection. You will now see the "Export to Service Now" button.
How do I send events to Microsoft Sentinel?
ARGOS can send data about detections to your Microsoft Sentinel workspace.
In order to configure this integration follow these simple steps:
- Browse to https://app.argos-security.io/account/sentinel
- Paste the Sentinel Workspace ID and Sentinel Primary Key into the dialogue.
New detections will automatically be sent to Sentinel and can be queried from the "ARGOS_CL" table.