Understand your cloud security posture

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Jul 26, 2022

What is CSPM? 

(CSPM) Cloud security posture management is an automated software solution that enables organizations to monitor, identify, alert, and remediate any security gaps that cause compliance risks and cloud vulnerabilities. Security administrators can use CSPM across a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environment to gain a holistic view to rule out misconfigurations by enforcing security policies. 

 

Why does it matter? 

The growth of cloud adoption has enabled developers to build and deploy applications faster and at scale across a multi-cloud environment. However, the rapid adoption has led organizations unknowingly expose their applications to outsider threats without knowing if any misconfigurations have occurred during migration to cloud or deployment in cloud. 

These are the key areas to consider having a CSPM:  

  • Exposure of enterprise data externally propagates the vulnerability faster due to internet connectivity 
  • Cloud instances spin more quickly, and associated cloud resources increase or decrease dynamically providing little to no visibility if there are misconfigurations 
  • Cloud providers host enterprise applications outside the conventional corporate environment reducing infrastructure control 
  • An increase in ransomware and data breaches exposes substantial amounts of sensitive corporate data if attackers have access to data that is publicly accessible such as a misconfiguration of an S3 bucket 
  • Regulators enforce stricter compliance in the wake of data breaches by imposing financial penalties and higher governance especially if the breach occurred due to a non-compliance 

How does CSPM work?  

CSPM is a three-step process- gaining visibility, identifying critical alerts, and enforcing remediation. A centralized dashboard provides complete visibility across a multi-cloud infrastructure cloud security posture. Once the security teams understand their cloud security posture, they can find the most critical alerts and, based on alert prioritization, can enforce policies to ensure remediation.   

What is the benefit of using CSPM?  

  • CSPM continuously addresses the critical objective of meeting compliance by scanning the multi-cloud workloads and detecting any violations in meeting PCI, NIST, CIS, HIPAA, and GDPR requirements.  
  • CSPM helps gain visibility into a potential threat in a multi-cloud environment due to misconfigurations that may have unknowingly occurred during cloud migration. 
  • Automatically inspect all layers of your cloud stack for common configuration mistakes and prioritize them based on risk and remediate risks or configuration errors with step-by-step instructions 

How can we help? 

We continuously measure the compliance of your multi-cloud environment for industry standards such as CIS (Center for Internet Security), PCI, NIST, and STIG frameworks and assess your cloud environment for dangerous security risks. We benchmark containers and virtual machines for configuration errors against CIS and STIG guidance. 

Xcloud discovers the entire inventory of your cloud assets across multiple cloud providers and provides security teams with complete visibility of assets and configurations. Our audit report highlights the compliance of your cloud configuration & settings to meet regulations and standards such as PCI-DSS, GPDR, or HIPAA.  

In the event of misconfiguration, the dashboard displays the alerts on high, medium, and low priority risks and recommends remediations measures to ensure the cloud security posture is secure to meet regulatory compliance and auditing requirements. 

 

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