Cloud environments are complex, flexible, adaptable environments that allow developers to build and deploy solutions quickly for their businesses. The benefits of the cloud are awe-inspiring, but with those benefits comes our inability to keep up with and secure our environments properly. Visibility into a dynamic environment is crucial, but our current security tools are insufficient for the task. We need a Cloud Security Posture Manager (CSPM).
Continuous monitoring and remediation are essential today. With Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), it is no longer possible (if it ever was) to manually monitor cloud deployments. For example
There is a shared responsibility model for security within the cloud. Most misconfigurations occur within the responsibilities of the cloud customer, as these three examples demonstrate. Unfortunately, most customers rely on the cloud provider to securely configure their applications and devices (depending on cloud deployment). The provider secures the underlying structures: physical servers, routers, switches, operations systems, and such. They create default configurations for their products, but as they have always been, default configurations are often not secure enough for your implementation.
The simple answer is that it allows you to manage your cloud posture; though, what does that mean? CSPM provides:
Another simple way to explain CSPM is that it is an automated tool for information security. It will work to determine misconfigurations and issues and then either automatically remediate them or tell you how. In their 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report, IBM shows that one of the most productive and cost-efficient things to do is automate security within our businesses.