What are Cloud Security and Posture Management tools?

Published 24th June 2020

In 2019 Gartner published their report which recommended that security leaders invest in cloud security and posture management tools. The aim of CSPM tools is to identify and remediate the risks of misconfiguration, mismanagement, and mistakes.

Over the past year more Enterprises have started to focus on cloud security and understand that they need a dynamic cloud security solution but are unaware of what tool to look for in a tool.

Within the cloud security space, there are Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs), Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPPs), and Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tools. While these tools offer an over-lapping set of capabilities to each other, they do not provide all the capabilities required to perform the job of the other.

A CASB is placed between the customer and the cloud service provider to enforce security, compliance, and governance policies for cloud applications. It focuses on SaaS security and gives visibility and control on the use of SaaS applications such as Office 365, Salesforce, etc.

A CWPP solution is primarily used to secure server workloads in public cloud IaaS environments. A CWPP commonly offer workload configuration and vulnerability management, network segmentation, workload behavior monitoring, visibility, system integrity monitoring and container security risk mitigation.

A CSPM tool was earlier referred to as a Cloud Infrastructure Security Posture Assessment (CISPA) tool when their capabilities were limited to reporting as against the current ability of a security management automation tool that addresses misconfiguration issues.

With the increasing use of cloud services and the growing cloud security concerns, vulnerabilities must be reduced. By 2022 Gartner has predicted that most of the cloud security failures will be the result of an organisation’s mistake, i.e., misconfiguration in the cloud.

A single misconfiguration has the power to expose several thousands of systems and sensitive data to the public internet.

Misconfiguration

Most of the cloud security breaches that we read about in 2019 had one thing in common “misconfiguration”. Some of the easiest misconfigurations exposed several hundred million personal data and records.

A misconfiguration occurs when computing assets are set up incorrectly, often leaving them vulnerable to malicious activity.

Benefits of CSPM

  • Automated security assessment; monitoring; reporting; and management
  • Security best practice enforcement
  • Prevent configuration vulnerability
  • Cloud asset inventory
  • Visibility into cloud usage and security events
  • Enforce prebuilt security standards and regulatory compliances

About C3M Cloud Control

C3M Cloud Control is a CSPM that also has some CWPP capabilities. The platform offers:
  • Cloud asset inventory
  • Automated cloud security assessment
  • Real-time alerting and reporting
  • Automated violation remediation
  • Security best practice enforcement
  • Compliance assurance with 8+ security standards and regulations
  • Third-party integrations such as Slack, Splunk, Jira, PagerDuty, Service Now, Amazon SNS etc
  • Identity and Access Management for Cloud
  • CQL to query about the cloud infrastructure
  • Audit logs

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