This page provides a glossary of terminology with definitions for InsightCloudSec-specific terminology as well as some useful cloud-based terms.




Application program interface, a set of functions and procedures allowing the creation of applications that access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.

InsightCloudSec’s API can be used to create Insights and Bots, modify Compliance Packs, and perform other functions outside of the platform user interface. See the API documentation for details.

Admin, Administrators

A User with the highest level of privileges or authorizations. Admins generally will retain all permissions to read/view, write/edit, delete, etc.

There are two types of Admins, Domain Admins and Org Admins. A Domain Admin can do everything in the tool. An Org Admin can do everything operational in their organization in the tool.

See also Domain Admin and Org Admin, or check out our User Entitlements Matrix for a single source on what user type(s) can perform certain actions.

Authentication Servers

External Active Directory/LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol) servers for user authentication.

These servers can be connected and managed from the Authentication Servers tab of the Identity Management page.

Background Job

Background Jobs are worker processes that run on a schedule to keep InsightCloudSec current (e.g., harvesting Insights) and optimized (e.g., OrphanedResourceCleanup). Background Jobs are distinct from On-Demand jobs in that they are not run immediately. Resource harvest jobs, which can be accessed via the Cloud details section, can be thought of as specialized Background Jobs.

A list of Background Jobs can be accessed from the Background Jobs tab on the System Administration page.


An internal ID for clouds. Badges are similar to Tags (key/value pairs applied to individual resources) but applied to entire cloud accounts.

Badges are used to scope Bot actions, report on compliance, bound searches, and otherwise customize the organization of cloud accounts.

Base Pack

An Insight pack used as the basis for creating a custom pack.


Bot (short for "robot") is an automated program that executes user-defined actions on resources according to user-defined conditions. Bots comprise a scope (bounds for which resources the Bot acts upon), Query Filters (conditions upon which the Bot will act), and actions (what the Bot does).


The InsightCloudSec feature where the user creates Bots, defining the bots’ scope, conditions, and actions.


The combined practices of continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) for developing software in a sustainable way.

Cloud Service Provider (CSP),
Cloud Type

A cloud, or cloud account, is an account for cloud services (storage, compute, etc.) from a cloud service provider (Cloud Provider or CSP), such as AWS, GCP, Azure. You can have multiple accounts ("clouds") from a single provider, or you can use multiple providers to create your overall cloud infrastructure.

Early versions of the product use ‘Cloud Type’ synonymously with ‘Cloud Provider’. Each Cloud Provider users their own terminology for "cloud accounts": AWS uses the term "accounts", GCP uses the term "projects", and Azure uses the term "subscriptions".


Conformity with industry requirements and standards for cloud-related security, cost, and other controls. Compliance across multiple cloud providers is a major focus of InsightCloudSec.

Compliance Pack

Compliance Packs (a type of Insight Pack) are collections of related Insights pertinent to a specific compliance standard. Compliance Packs may focus on security, costs, governance, or combinations of these across a variety of frameworks. Examples are NIST 800-53, ISO 27001, HIPAA, and PCI DSS. Compliance Packs are accessed from the Compliance Packs tab on the Insights main page.

Compliance Scorecard

Visually summarizes cloud accounts’ adherence to specific rules or conditions of an Industry Standard, e.g., NIST 800-53 or ISO 27001. This summary is presented as a heat-map type visual; the Compliance Scorecard also provides guidance concerning actions to take on specific resources to mitigate failing issues. Check out more information - Compliance Scorecard.


Relative to EDH, a central account that ingests events from one or more Producers. See also Event-Driven Harvesting (AWS).
Consumers and Producers are AWS-specific EDH terms where the Consumer AWS accounts serve as an aggregator of event data from Producer AWS accounts. This aggregation approach is necessary due to limits AWS places on serving event data externally via API.

Container Vulnerabilities (Container Vulnerability Assessment)

a vulnerability (CVE) associated with the InsightCloudSec feature that continuously assesses all container images specified in production workloads to detect installed packages with known vulnerabilities.

Custom Pack

A Compliance Pack (a type of Insight Pack), customized for specific uses. Custom packs can be created from existing--or base--packs, and adding or removing specific Insights as desired. Custom Packs are found on the Custom Packs tab of the Insights main page.

Data Collections

A collection of strings of data definitions that can be used (and reused) in creating and updating Filters, Insights, and Bots.

Disabled Resource

A disabled resource is a resource that is not harvested. As such, InsightCloudSec will not surface permissions errors related to harvesting disabled resources.


InsightCloudSec is a Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) platform that provides real time analysis and automated remediation across leading cloud and container technologies, including AWS, Azure, GCP, Alibaba, and Kubernetes.

In July 2021, DivvyCloud by Rapid7 was relaunched as InsightCloudSec.


See "Findings" or results.

Domain Admin

A User with the highest level of privileges or authorizations. A Domain Admin can do everything in the tool. There are also read-only Domain Admins who are able to view all resource data among all InsightCloudSec organizations, yet as the name implies, they are not able to make changes to InsightCloudSec. See also Admin.


Entitlements, or Permissions Entitlements, give domain users control over basic users' and organization admins' permissions to access certain parts of the tool. These entitlements are available for BotFactory, Tag Explorer, Insights, and Scheduled Events. The four possible permissions levels are "disabled", "viewer", "editor", and "admin". Entitlements are assigned independently to features, e.g., a basic user might be "disabled" for BotFactory but have "editor" permissions for Tag Explorer.

Event-Driven Harvesting (EDH)

Event-driven harvesting (EDH) is a data collection mechanism where events are pushed to InsightCloudSec instead of being collected via polling. AWS EDH leverages CloudTrail and CloudWatch events for collection.

Event-Driven Role

Relative to AWS EDH, event-driven roles are either Consumer or Producer.


A Resource Group that defines a collection of resources that are not evaluated against a specific Insight. For example, S3 buckets configured to host websites can be placed in a Resource Group called Websites that is then exempted from the Insight Storage Container Exposed To The Public.

Failed Insight

An Insight that matched a scoped resource. In other words, a resource met the conditions of this Insight when a query was run.


A "finding" is a single check against a resource. If the resource matches any Query Filter included in the Insight, it is counted as a "finding". A single resource may be valid for multiple checks and as a result, may have multiple "findings".
Check out the Summary Page for an example.


Google Cloud Platform


Harvesting describes how InsightCloudSec collects data from the cloud providers:
- EDH (Event Driven Harvesting) is where the data is pushed to InsightCloudSec when there's a change in your cloud account.
- Regular harvesting is done using standard polling on a schedule. You can customize that schedule—by service, region, and account—to set how often the platform polls for data.

Host Vulnerabilities (Host Vulnerability Assessment)

a host vulnerability or(Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs)) is a vulnerability detected on host instances across clouds accounts.

Host Vulnerability Assessment offers detection, and assessment of this inventory to enable you to view, prioritize and orchestrate a response to any discovered vulnerabilities.

Impacted Resource

A resource within the specified scope that matches a designated (searched-on) Insight. Impacted resources indicate violations on an Insight.


With respect to cloud computing, infrastructure refers to an enterprise's entire cloud-based or local collection of resources and services. This term is used synonymously with "cloud footprint".

Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

IaC allow you to define infrastructure in the cloud by writing code. Rather than deploying or making changes to your infrastructure manually, users can take advantage of the features typically employed in a code development environment.

- Scans (within IaC)
An analysis of a configuration that evaluates compliance before infrastructure is deployed.

- Configuration (within IaC)
A check or group of checks used for scanning your infrastructure.


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 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. Some examples of common Insights include:

- Storage Container Exposing Access to the World
- Database Instance Publicly Accessible
- Volume Encryption Not Enabled

Insights can be used individually or in packs.
InsightCloudSec offers both Featured and Custom Insights. Featured Insights are maintained by InsightCloudSec and harvested down on a regular schedule. Featured Insights are also organized into Featured Insight Packs that address common use cases, such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. Custom Insights are those you build yourself.


InsightCloudSec is a fully-integrated cloud-native security platform (CNSP) that enables organizations to drive cloud security forward through continuous security & compliance.

With InsightCloudSec, Rapid7 is the first organization to bring together a single solution that integrates posture management, identity & access management, infrastructure-as-code, and Kubernetes protection to enable teams to safely speed up their cloud adoption without compromise.

Insight Pack

A collection of Insights, usually focused on the same type of issue, e.g., security, compliance, governance.

Compliance Packs (our out-of-the-box packs) and Custom Packs are the two types of Insight Packs

Insight Severity

A user-defined designation for the severity of an Insight. Severity levels are Info, Low, Medium, High, Critical.


Refers to a virtual server instance from a public or private cloud network.


External systems with which InsightCloudSec is designed to interface for both inbound (data aggregation, data collection) and outbound (notifications, ticketing) actions.

Examples of Integrations include: Jira, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, Slack, Splunk, and others.

Job Backlog

The number of harvest jobs that are enqueued and waiting on a worker node to process. Job backlogs can rise and fall. For example, adding clouds will cause the job backlog to rise as the initial cloud harvests are scheduled. The number of harvest jobs feeding into the job backlog can be greatly influenced by the cloud harvesting strategy selected; more aggressive strategies lead to more jobs.

Job Scheduler

The process responsible for scheduling jobs performed by the workers. The scheduler will schedule regular cadence jobs, such as harvesting as well as on-demand jobs. It maintains different priority queues to help surface high priority jobs.


A Google-based, portable, extensible open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services.


Multi-factor authentication (MFA)--also known as two-factor authentication (2FA or TFA)--enhances security by verifying a user's identity using multiple methods of authentication from independent categories of credentials.

Org Admin

A User with the highest level of privileges or authorizations. Admins generally will retain all permissions to read/view, write/edit, delete, etc. An Org Admin can do everything operational in their organization in the tool. See also Admin and Domain Admin.

Organization (Provider Organization)

In InsightCloudSec, organizations allow for complete isolation between cloud accounts, resources, and users on an installation. Cloud accounts and their resources can only belong to one Organization and cannot be modified or viewed from another Organization.

Important Note:
An InsightCloudSec organization is different from provider-specific organizations. Provider-specific organizations (available under "Clouds --> Organizations") are used to manage cloud accounts within the respective provider.


Refers to Owners of resources. Can only be set by Admins. Ownership can be used to set scope on resource searches, making it easier for the user to focus on the resources they care about.

Permissions (Permission Type)

The cloud provider-defined permissions granted to InsightCloudSec to enable harvesting resource information and allowing InsightCloudSec to take resource management actions.

These permission types can be read-only, admin, or some combination of the two. With each release, InsightCloudSec expands its supported resources and correspondingly requires additional permissions to harvest those resources.


An element of a software program that can be added to provide support for specific features or functionality.

Policy (Policies)

Collections of permissions that provide InsightCloudSec user-defined access to connected accounts. Policies can range from Standard User Policy, containing read-only permissions, to a Power User Policy, allowing InsightCloudSec to execute user-defined actions within accounts.


Relative to EDH, a Producer is an account that is configured to forward cloud events to another account. See for details.


The allocation of a cloud provider's resources and services to a customer; such services include IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS. In InsightCloudSec, "Provisioning" can also refer to the permission that a user has been given to acquire or add such services to their cloud account.

Query Filter

A Query Filter is a feature within InsightCloudSec that specifies conditions in searching for and identifying matching resources. An example Query Filter: ‘Resource is not encrypted’.

Query Filters are used in Insights and Bots. Insights combine Query Filters, scope, and reporting. Bots take action based on the output filters, scope, and Insights.


A geographic location in which public cloud service providers' data centers reside.


A virtual (cloud-hosted) service, utility, or function. Cloud accounts are made up of resources; while different providers use different names in referring to their specific offerings, InsightCloudSec uses normalized names throughout the tool for these resources. For example, AWS’ S3 Bucket, GCP’s Cloud Storage, Azure’s Blob Storage Container, and Alibaba’s Object Storage Bucket all refer to storage resources; InsightCloudSec refers to all of these resources as a Storage Container.

Check out more under Resources.

Resource Groups

Collections of resources; can be used to apply granular permissions to a subset of a cloud footprint to improve visibility or to apply custom policy.

Resource Type Categories

Categories of resources by type. InsightCloudSec uses five normalized categories: Compute, Containers, Storage, Network, and Identity & Management.

Role (or User Role)

Roles are used to manage the permissions of basic users. They can be customized to permit read, manage, and delete privileges. They can be customized to view all resources or resources defined by Cloud account, Resource Group, or Badge.

Note: While roles relate to users generally, entitlements relate to a users' ability to interact with specific portions of the tool, e.g., Tag Explorer or BotFactory.

Scheduled Events

A job within Bot automation that is configured to run at a specified time (or times) with specified arguments. Within Bot automation these jobs are called scheduled events.


Scopes define the domain (limits or bounds) on clouds and resource groups in searches, displays, and bot actions.

TFA (also know as MFA)

Two-factor authentication (also 2FA or MFA) enhances security by verifying a user's identity using multiple methods of authentication from independent categories of credentials.

Tag (Tag Explorer)

A key/value pair used for identifying and labelling resources.

Tag Explorer is an InsightCloudSec feature that provides a breakdown of tagged (or untagged) resources that you can search through or download for reporting/audit.

Threat Findings (Threats)

Threat Findings (feature) is a single view that collects all runtime threat detection findings from various sources.

"Threat Findings" (data) item that refers to the detection of a possible malicious behavior. The finding may refer to a specific event occurring at a specific point in time or a behavior that spans a period of time.


InsightCloudSec users are distinguished by type: Basic User, Domain Admin, or Organization Admin (Org Admin). Basic Users can be assigned various roles and permissions or privileges. These characteristics are established in the Identity Management portion of the tool. Org Admins have all privileges confined to a single InsightCloudSec organization. Domain Admins have all privileges across an entire InsightCloudSec instance.

See also Roles, Domain Admin.

User Group

A list of users linked to a list of Roles. User Groups are leveraged in conjunction with Roles to grant permissions to Basic Users.


A generic term for a process that does something other than serve web requests. It may process a queue, run scheduled jobs using process files, or any number of other support-type activities. It generally does not interface with users.