For years, security concerns kept many business leaders convinced it was too risky to migrate the IT environment to the cloud. But in recent years, there’s been a shift.
While the cloud is typically as secure, or even more secure, than on-premises data centers, many leaders now underestimate cloud risk or assume their cloud provider is entirely responsible for security.
As a result, over the next five years, 90% of the organizations that fail to control public cloud use will inappropriately share sensitive data according to an article published by Gartner. And 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.
The fault typically lies in the way cloud environments are configured. cloud infrastructures that are misconfigured or mismanaged cause nearly all successful attacks on cloud services. This situation has become more acute in recent years due to five major factors:
All of these factors are compounded by the fact that in the cloud; IT can’t just walk into the data center to see what is happening, so there’s often a literal lack of visibility into cloud infrastructures. Serious security risks could go undetected for extended time periods.
The answer to securing cloud configurations can be found in a Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) solution. CSPM processes and tools enable you to proactively identify and remediate cloud security risks by concentrating on security assessments and compliance monitoring, primarily across the infrastructure cloud stack—the area cloud providers are responsible for but which you need to keep a close eye on.
The CSPM approach has evolved in recent years—from a group of reporting tools to also include automation. Here are the key security processes that a CSPM solution helps you administer:
Another key benefit of CSPM is the ability to integrate security processes with DevOps processes. CSPM solutions can also continuously manage cloud security risk while providing detection and logging capabilities. This will make it easier for your IT team to address issues ranging from service configurations to cloud resource security settings.
Interoperability between monitoring and automation is another critical capability CSPM solutions offer—particularly for businesses with multi-cloud platforms and container environments. In addition to addressing security concerns tied to configurations with weak security postures, continuous real-time monitoring and automated remediation help you with cloud governance and compliance with security standards and regulations.
Greg is a technologist and data geek with over 10 years in tech. He has worked in a variety of industries as an IT manager and software tester. Greg is an avid writer on everything IT related, from cyber security to troubleshooting.
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