Why Cloud Security Posture Management?

Cloud technology brings new possibilities

and new risks.

Cloud strategy and implementations have become prevalent in companies largely in part to their ability to create efficiencies and the agile-nature of cloud-based solutions. However, the security paradigms for public cloud infrastructure and SaaS differ from that of on-premise and private data center resources and enterprise applications. As adoption of the cloud grows, integrated management tools, configuration tools and automation tools increase, providing greater opportunity for misconfiguration and exploitation. Mismanagement of these risks and vulnerabilities can not only cripple a company’s IT infrastructure but also significantly impact a company’s reputation and customers.

That’s where Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) comes in. CSPM ensures that IT Operations and Cloud Engineering teams have visibility into the ever-evolving security and compliance posture of their public cloud resources and SaaS environments and provides the tools to better protect a company’s data, employees and customers.

Multi-Cloud Posture Management

This is especially important for companies running both hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Public Cloud (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform. Complications can include:

  • Expanding your data-center network into multiple clouds, including SaaS environments that are publicly assessable
  • Reconciling the differing terminology and lack of full feature parity across cloud providers and their services
  • Achieving the same level of visibility into all resources and services in your multi-cloud environment

It can be a daunting task to improve security and compliance posture while rapidly increasing the amount of change within your cloud infrastructure. As cloud adoption and usage of cloud-native features increases, a higher number of IT operators and developers will be making configuration changes, sometimes doing so without fully understanding the security risks that come with them. Additionally, CICD automation and DevOps practices inject configuration change into your cloud infrastructure, often without human interaction at the time that the change is deployed. This adds even more risk and amplifies the need for advanced analytics and alerting…

As more employees and teams use the cloud, more data goes into the cloud. One benefit of a cloud strategy is that via infrastructure as code, IoC  you can evolve based on the technology needs much quicker than a physical data center. However, with that capability also comes the need to have visibility into all parts of the extensive infrastructure to truly ensure compliance, at the present and into the future.

Cloud usage can scale quickly, and a lack of structure to ensure security with that growth can lead to greater risk of data breaches.

There are a number of cloud infrastructure types and features that need to be secured:

 

Serverless Compute

  • AWS Lambda
  • Azure Functions
  • GCP Cloud Functions

PaaS Services

  • Azure App Service
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • Google App Engine

SaaS Platforms

  • Microsoft 365

DBaaS

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Amazon RDS
  • GCP Cloud SQL

How are you addressing the cloud skills gap required for the future?

Enter: Cloud Security Posture Management

Though it may sound ominous, there are ways that IT leaders can address and mitigate these risks. CSPM enables businesses to reduce the risk that cloud implementation can bring while providing the tools and resources to stay ahead of security breaches.

Understand

Knowledge is half the power, so they say. Being aware of and having visibility into what types of security risks and compliance issues exist is an important piece of the puzzle.

Data Management

Detect and analyze the risk. Determine where the security gap is and how it is being created. Identify ways to close the gap.

Protect

Remediate the issue and take steps to ensure your cloud configuration stays protected and in compliance.

Whether it is securing your company’s cloud infrastructure or reducing the risks associated with SaaS applications, OpsCompass provides CSPM that will help protect against misconfigurations and other vulnerabilities your company may face.

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