Security | Datadog

Security

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Product Security

Product security is of paramount importance at Datadog. Datadog uses a software development lifecycle in line with general Agile principles. When security effort is applied throughout the Agile release cycle, security oriented software defects are able to be discovered and addressed more rapidly than in longer release cycle development methodologies. Software patches are released as part of our continuous integration process. Patches that can impact end users will be applied as soon as possible but may necessitate end user notification and scheduling a service window.

Datadog performs continuous integration. In this way we are able to respond rapidly to both functional and security issues. Well defined change management policies and procedures determine when and how changes occur. This philosophy is central to DevOps security and the development methodologies that have driven Datadog adoption. In this way, Datadog is able to achieve extremely short mean time to resolution for security vulnerabilities and functional issues alike. Datadog is continuously improving our DevOps practice in an iterative fashion.

Physical Security

The Datadog production infrastructure is hosted in Cloud Service Provider (CSP) environments. Physical and environmental security related controls for Datadog production servers, which includes buildings, locks or keys used on doors, are managed by these CSP’s. “Physical access is strictly controlled both at the perimeter and at building ingress points by professional security staff. Authorized staff must pass two-factor authentication a minimum of two times to access data center floors.”1

Corporate Security

Datadog leverages internal services that require transport level security for network access and individually authenticate users by way of a central identity provider and leveraging two factor authentication wherever possible.

All Datadog personnel undergo regular security and privacy awareness training that weaves security into technical and non-technical roles; all employees are encouraged to participate in helping secure our customer data and company assets. Security training materials are developed for individual roles to ensure employees are equipped to handle the specific security oriented challenges of their roles.


  1. See the AWS Shared Responsibility Model. ↩︎

Authentication and Access Management

End users may log in to Datadog using an Identity Provider, leveraging Datadog’s support for the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) or via the “Sign-in with Google” OpenID service. These services will authenticate an individual’s identity and may provide the option to share certain personally identifying information with Datadog, such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Datadog’s SAML support allows organizations to control authentication to Datadog and enforce specific password policies, account recovery strategies and multi-factor authentication technologies.

All requests to the Datadog API must be authenticated. Requests that write data require at least reporting access as well as an API key. Requests that read data require full user access as well as an application key. These keys act as bearer tokens allowing access to Datadog service functionality.

Protection of Customer Data

Data submitted to the Datadog service by authorized users is considered confidential. This data is protected in transit across public networks and encrypted at rest. Customer Data is not authorized to exit the Datadog production service environment, except in limited circumstances such as in support of a customer request.

All data transmitted between Datadog and Datadog users is protected using Transport Layer Security (TLS) and HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). If encrypted communication is interrupted the Datadog application is inaccessible.

Datadog maintains distinct data centers in the United States and the EU. Customer submitted service data is not transferred or shared between distinct data centers. Datadog utilizes encryption at various points to protect Customer Data and Datadog secrets, including encryption at rest (e.g. AES-256), asymmetric encryption (e.g. PGP) for system backups, KMS-based protections for the protection of secrets (passwords, access tokens, API keys, etc.), and GPG encryption​.

Access to Customer Data is limited to functions with a business requirement to do so. Datadog has implemented multiple layers of access controls for administrative roles and privileges. Access to environments that contain Customer Data requires a series of authentication and authorization controls, including Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Datadog enforces the principles of least privilege and need-to-know for access to Customer Data, and access to those environments is monitored and logged for security purposes. Datadog has implemented controls to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of administrative credentials and access mechanisms, and enforces full-disk encryption and unique credentials for workstations.

Datadog monitors critical infrastructure for security related events by using a custom implementation of open source and commercial technologies. Activity data such as API calls and operating system level calls are logged to a central point where the information is passed through a series of custom rules designed to identify malicious or unapproved behavior. The results of these rules are fed into an orchestration platform that triggers automated actions, which may include directly alerting the security team or triggering additional authentication requirements.

Certifications, Attestations and Frameworks

Datadog maintains active SOC 2 Type II compliance, provides HIPAA-compliant log management, has achieved certification to the International Organization for Standardization’s information security standard 27001, as well as compliance with standards 27017 and 27018, and documents security controls on the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR).

Datadog also maintains a FedRAMP Low-Impact Authority to Operate (ATO) for the Infrastructure Metrics product.

Laws and Regulations

Datadog’s solution is compliant with various data protection laws and regulations applicable to the services we provide.

GDPR

Datadog is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which went into effect on May 25, 2018. Datadog has worked to enhance its products, processes, and procedures to meet its obligations as a data processor. For more information about our position on the GDPR, please visit https://www.datadoghq.com/gdpr/.

CCPA

Datadog is a monitoring service for infrastructure and applications and while we do not intend to transfer, process, use, or store personal information, Datadog can provide our CCPA Addendum so that our customers can fulfill their obligations under the CCPA in the event that personal data is in scope. For more information about how the CCPA impacts Datadog and its customers, please visit https://www.datadoghq.com/ccpa/.

Vendor Management

Datadog leverages a number of third party applications and services in support of the delivery of our products to our customers. The Datadog Security Team recognizes that the company’s information assets and vendor dependencies are critical to our continuing operations and delivery of services. As such, Datadog’s Security and Privacy teams have established a vendor management program that sets forth the requirements to be established and agreed upon when Datadog engages with third parties or external vendors. These engagements are designed to assess the technical, physical, and administrative controls in place and to ensure they are commensurate with the expectations of Datadog and its customers. For a complete list of Datadog’s subprocessors, please visit https://www.datadoghq.com/subprocessors/.

Disclosure

If you believe you’ve discovered a bug in Datadog’s security, please get in touch at security@datadoghq.com and we will get back to you within 24 hours, and usually earlier. Our PGP key is available for download in case you need to encrypt communications with us. We request that you not publicly disclose the issue until we have had a chance to address it.