Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)

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What Is Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)

Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) is a market segment for IT security tools that are designed to identify misconfiguration issues and compliance risks in the cloud. An important purpose of CSPM programming is to continuously monitor cloud infrastructure for gaps in security policy enforcement.

Key capabilities of CSPM

– Detect and perhaps automatically remediate cloud misconfigurations;

– Maintain an inventory of best practices for different cloud configurations and services;

– Map current configuration statuses to a security control framework or regulatory standard;

– Work with IaaS, SaaS and PaaS platforms in containerized, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments; and

– Monitor storage buckets, encryption and account permissions for misconfigurations and compliance risks.

Why using CSPM is important

CSPM tools play an important role in securing a cloud environment by reducing the possibility of data breaches.

According to Gartner, misconfiguration of the cloud environment is one of the more common mistakes in the cloud that can lead to a data breach and use of a CSPM tool can reduce cloud-based security incidents due to misconfigurations by 80%.

How CSPM works?

Cloud Security Posture Management tools are designed to detect and remediate issues caused by cloud misconfigurations. A specific CSPM tool may only be able to use defined best practices according to a specific cloud environment or service, however, so it is important to know what tools can be used in each specific environment. For example, some tools may be limited to being able to detect misconfigurations in an AWS or Azure environment.

Additional benefits of CSPM

…Additional benefits of implementing CSPM in the premise include the ability to:

Continuously Monitor

Cloud environments in real time for threat detection;

Data Risk

Assess data risk in real time;

Policy Violations

Detect policy violations across multiple cloud providers;