Elastic Cloud security

Elastic Cloud is our growing family of Elasticsearch-based solutions. For each Elastic Cloud service, we strive to provide security and privacy for your data. Here's why thousands of customers trust us with their search requirements and their data.

We are committed to information security and privacy

Elastic maintains a comprehensive information security program that includes appropriate technical and organizational measures designed to protect our customers' cluster data against unauthorized access, modification or deletion.
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We are defended by dedicated information security and privacy teams

Elastic's security and privacy programs are led by a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and a data protection officer (DPO). In addition, we have dedicated teams focusing on information security (InfoSec), regulatory compliance, software vulnerabilities, and Elastic Cloud security operations to keep your data private and secure. Our legal team includes attorneys who are certified information privacy professionals (CIPP) in the USA and Europe.

Our privacy statement is transparent and clear

Elastic respects the privacy rights of individuals. We recently updated our privacy statement to make it very clear when we collect personal data and how we use it. We've written our privacy statement in plain language to be transparent to our users and customers.

We carefully review third-party suppliers

Elastic does not use SolarWinds Orion. The SUNBURST backdoor does not affect the Elastic Cloud solutions and services.

Elastic is built on a healthy balance between free and open and commercial code. Transparency is our superpower. We publish dependencies online and free and open code increases engagement across the entire community: everyone can contribute, comment, and inspect the code. Elastic uses software composition analysis tools to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities in software dependencies.

Elastic maintains a supply chain risk management program with requirements for third-party suppliers to maintain their own security and privacy practices and procedures. Elastic's InfoSec team regularly performs security reviews for all third-party suppliers with whom there is potential to share confidential or restricted Elastic information (e.g., personal data).

We operate a leading-edge cloud search platform

Elastic Cloud search powered solutions are implemented on a modern, flexible, scalable, service-oriented architecture created by Elastic. Elastic manages these offerings using its Elastic Cloud Enterprise architecture at the core.
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We ensure strong physical security controls

Elastic Cloud search powered solutions are hosted on certified cloud platforms managed by industry-leading infrastructure-as-a-service providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Elastic reviews the security certifications and practices of its subprocessors to ensure that there are appropriate physical security measures in force at all premises at which Elastic Cloud data will be processed and stored.
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We’ve built In logical security controls

We've taken significant measures to ensure that Elastic Cloud customer data cannot be read, copied, modified, or deleted during electronic transmission, transport, or storage through unauthorized means. To reduce the likelihood of vulnerability-related incidents, the Elastic Cloud team deploys Elasticsearch instances based on the latest operating system kernels, and patches the computing “fleet” whenever a critical CVE (i.e., "Common Vulnerability and Exposure," in security-speak) is discovered in any component software. Similarly, Elastic software, including Elastic Stack components and Elastic Cloud Enterprise, used in the provisioning of Elastic Cloud search solutions, is updated as soon as it is released to ensure the latest versions are deployed.

To protect customer data, Elastic Cloud clusters are equipped with Elastic security features that randomly assign individual passwords. Clusters are deployed behind redundant proxies and are not visible to internet scanning. Transport Layer Security (TLS) encrypted communication from the Internet is provided in the default configuration. Elasticsearch nodes run in isolated containers, configured according to the principle of least privilege, and with restrictions on system calls and allowed root operations. Elasticsearch nodes communicate using TLS (requires customer to select 6.0 or later versions of the Elastic Stack). Cluster data is encrypted at rest. We support IP address-based access controls so users may restrict access to their hosted deployments by filtering specific IP ranges. Additional network layer security is available on Amazon with AWS PrivateLink integration. Our support for AWS PrivateLink helps eliminate the exposure of your data to the public internet. This is accomplished by securing the network connection between your Amazon VPCs, applications, and your Elastic Cloud deployments on AWS. API access is limited to Elasticsearch APIs, and no remote access to the instance or container at the Linux level is allowed. Containers have no means of setting up communication with containers from another cluster.

We’ve implemented access controls and logging

Access controls are established to authenticate the identity of individuals accessing systems that process our customer's cluster data. These controls are designed to ensure that unauthorized persons do not gain access to such systems, and that authorized individuals gain access only to what is appropriate for their role. Such controls include multi-factor authentication, password strength standards, and Virtual Private Networks (VPN) for administrative access. In addition, we've implemented centralized logging, including proxy logs, access logs, Elasticsearch logs, and Auditbeat logs, to record access to customer cluster data and the systems on which it resides.

We deliver on data availability

We've engineered a cloud-based platform that provides high levels of availability for your data. We use technical and organizational measures, including backup of data, multiple availability zones, and disaster recovery planning, to ensure that customer cluster data is protected against accidental destruction or physical or logical loss.
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We practice responsible vulnerability management

Elastic recognizes that software development inherently includes the possibility of introducing vulnerabilities. We accept and disclose vulnerabilities discovered in our software in a transparent manner. In addition, Elastic is a CVE Numbering Authority (CNA).
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We operate in compliance with the principles of GDPR

Elastic has prepared for GDPR by carefully reviewing and documenting how it handles personal data, implementing technical and organizational measures to protect the personal data it does handle, and defining and implementing processes to respect the rights of data subjects, across all its products and services. Today, Elastic is operating in compliance with the principles of GDPR. Elastic Cloud customers can request a Data Processing Addendum (DPA) by creating a support case or simply emailing sales@elastic.co.

We operate in compliance with SOC 2

Elastic recognizes the importance of adhering to a common set of compliance and certifications and earning validation from neutral industry auditors. The following Elastic Cloud services — Elasticsearch Service, Elastic Site Search Service, as well as Elastic Support Subscriptions — have been audited by Coalfire and granted SOC 2 Type 2 certification. Customers can request a SOC 2 report through the support portal or by creating a support case or emailing sales@elastic.co.

We are authorized to operate at FedRAMP Moderate Impact level

Elastic Cloud is authorized at FedRAMP Moderate Impact level, deployable on AWS GovCloud (US). Federal, state, and local government users, as well as higher education institutions and users with government data can sign up today.

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Elastic Cloud is HIPAA secure

HIPAA (or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. The HIPAA rules apply to “covered entities” that handle data that is protected health information (PHI), such as insurance companies or doctor’s offices, and extend to business associates like Elastic who process PHI on behalf of such covered entities. All Elastic Cloud subscription tiers on Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Amazon Web Services allow for HIPAA business associate agreements (BAAs).

Protecting your account

At Elastic, we know that security is everyone's responsibility. That's why we bake security into the development of our products and into the foundation of Elastic Cloud. The security and privacy of your Elastic Cloud data also relies on you keeping your Elasticsearch cluster configured securely and maintaining the confidentiality of your Elastic Cloud login credentials.

Here's a quick checklist:

  • Don't share your credentials with others.
  • Update your account profile to make sure information is correct and current.
  • Add operational contacts as appropriate.
  • Ensure that you've set secure passwords.
  • Use caution when enabling custom plugins on your Elastic Cloud deployments.
  • Consider setting the option to require index names when initiating destructive actions.

If you need to make changes that are not offered in the Elastic Cloud console, please create an Elastic Support case. If you believe an account has been compromised, please email security@elastic.co. To exercise your privacy rights, you may raise a request by submitting this form.

Learn more details

  1. More information about our security and privacy programs, including our support for security standards and regulations, can be found on our security page.
  2. Elastic has formally adopted an Information Security Program, which is certified on ISO 27001, including ISO 27017 and ISO 27018. An Elastic Information Security Governance Policy serves as the backbone for all information security policies, standards, and guidelines.
  3. https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/cloud-enterprise/current/ece-architecture.html
  4. Elastic Cloud is hosted on third-party platforms that have the following certifications:
    SOC 1, SOC 2, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018. Please see:
    https://aws.amazon.com/compliance/pci-data-privacy-protection-hipaa-soc-fedramp-faqs and https://cloud.google.com/security/compliance
  5. Elastic Cloud provides the following:
    1. Platform infrastructure redundancy across multiple availability zones
    2. Capability for customers to replicate cluster data across availability zones
    3. Availability monitoring
    4. Backups for critical platform data
    5. 24/7 operations
    6. Status page - https://cloud-status.elastic.co/
  6. Elastic maintains a documented public process for submitting vulnerabilities and security-related issues at https://www.elastic.co/community/security. The company follows a documented (internal) process on responding to vulnerability and other security-related reports. The company has created a team of the most security-knowledgeable people on each product collaborating to evaluate and respond to reports in a private mailing list. The company also publishes vulnerabilities via CVE, and public announcements at https://discuss.elastic.co/c/security-announcements.
  7. Visit the FedRAMP Marketplace to view the Cloud Service Offering (CSO) entry for Elastic Cloud. You will find more information about signing up on our website.