What Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) Is and How It Reduces Security Risks

Humans are error prone. Mistakes happen. Now add in the skills gaps, resource constraints and inadequate staffing hours that may be affecting your IT department, and you have the recipe for a successful attack on your cloud services.

Many cloud vendors provide automation and self-service to allow their customers control over their sourced cloud environments. While this gives organizations more autonomy, it also adds an additional environment that needs the same level of care and oversight as on-premises.

Most cloud service attacks due to human factors

According to a 2019 report by Gartner, nearly all successful attacks on cloud services are the result of customer misconfiguration, mismanagement and mistakes. The truth of this has been amplified over the past year with many of the larger breaches due to misconfigurations. One recent example is the 2019 cloud data exposure attributed to data management vendor Attunity. Through unsecured AWS S3 buckets, sensitive data from some of the world’s largest companies was left exposed to the Internet. Multiple Fortune 100 companies were affected, with log-ins, passwords and employee information among the data affected.

What is cloud security posture management (CSPM)?

The agility of cloud services means that the infrastructure can by nature be in a constant state of flux. This can make it more challenging to manage for IT teams equipped and skilled at managing their on-premises environments. Adopting a CSPM solution can help your organization mitigate these risks by identifying security issues in the configuration of your cloud services.

CSPM solutions are available from some of the leading security technology vendors, either as a stand-alone solution or as part of a larger security platform. They are also commonly combined with cloud access security broker (CASB) software solutions.

The benefits of a CSPM solution:

  • Identifies risky configuration settings, including what is open to the Internet and when too much access has been given, and providing visibility into the current security posture of your cloud environment.
  • Recognizes and logs changes in configuration and who made them, helping to identify accidental, inappropriate or malicious changes.
  • Maintains and provides a path to compliance for security frameworks such as CIS, NIST, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS, and CSF. Identifies where you are at currently in compliance and where you are deficient, and can alert you when a configuration setting falls out of compliance.
  • Inventories all cloud assets across IaaS, PaaS or SaaS, and alerts when new items are added, who added them, and if they are secure and compliant

Achieving continual cloud security

A one-time assessment of your cloud environment is an excellent way to detect issues, putting you on the path to developing a more secure cloud strategy. Part of that strategy should include tools that help you validate and monitor the constant change occurring in your cloud. Sirius can help you take a proactive, vendor-independent approach to evaluating CSPM solutions. Our national team of security experts is available to help you select and implement a CSPM solution that helps ensure that your cloud continues to be secure and compliant. Contact Sirius today to get started.

By |2020-05-06T11:35:56-05:00May 6th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on What Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) Is and How It Reduces Security Risks

About the Author:

Jeremiah Salzberg is Senior Director, Chief Technologist for Sirius.