What is Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)?
Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) automates cloud security management across the following diverse infrastructure:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Instant computing infrastructure, provisioned and managed over the Internet.
- Software as a Service (SaaS): Mechanism for users to connect to and use cloud-based apps over the Internet.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS): The complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to deliver everything from simple cloud-based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications.
CSPM tools empower companies to identify and remediate risks through security assessments and automated compliance monitoring.
CSPM solutions provide organizations with visibility into public cloud infrastructure. With the proliferation of cloud resources, many organizations are unaware of how many cloud resources are running and how they’re all configured. This lack of visibility can cause misconfigurations to go undetected for long periods of time, making it harder to secure the applications.
Cloud environments have become too large and complex for enterprises to rely on manual security management tools, leading to automation as a solution.
Automated CSPM security processes help organizations:
1. Continuously monitor and assess compliance policies.
Automated tools will detect and resolve compliance violations and internal security policies.
2. Monitor operations.
Identify how new assets comply with security policies and regulations. They can also identify threats that negatively impact cloud security posture.
3. Manage incident response.
Centrally review how threats are being detected, quarantined and remediated.
4. Perform risk identification.
Identifying and classifying risks is critical to maintaining cloud security.
5. Classify and inventory assets.
Visibility into what assets are in the cloud and how they are configured is crucial for cloud security.
CSPM solutions are the future of data security in the cloud
Organizations across all industries are using cloud infrastructure for their operations, including financial institutions, healthcare providers, and even law enforcement agencies. As more companies move sensitive data to the cloud, security is more important than ever.
Employing a cloud security posture management solution is the best way for any industry to secure cloud configurations and keep private data secure. CSPM tools will even monitor risks across the infrastructure cloud stack.
CSPM is a security powerhouse
Cloud security issues are easier to resolve when continuous monitoring, automation, and proper configuration are applied. However, there are additional advantages to CSPM solutions.
CSPM can be used to identify unused assets, map how security teams work, verify the integrity of a recently deployed system, and identify what technologies are most used. In this way, CSPM can also help organizations save money and identify important opportunities for training. This makes CSPM a powerhouse for any cloud environment.
Solution: Check Point CloudGuard Security Posture Management
Check Point's Security Posture Management allows enterprises to easily manage the security and compliance of their public cloud environments at any scale across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Kubernetes. CloudGuard visualizes and assesses security posture, detects misconfigurations, models and actively enforces gold standard policies, and protects against attacks and insider threats. Through enriched cloud security intelligence for cloud intrusion detection, CloudGuard ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and security best practices. Organizations use CloudGuard for faster and more effective cloud security operations, pain-free compliance and governance, and rugged DevOps practices.
Key use cases
- Security Operations: Visualize assets, assess security posture, fix misconfigurations and threats, manage the cloud firewall, and enforce security from a single source of network authority.
- Privileged Identity Protection: Protect against compromised credentials and identity theft using a cloud’s native IAM capabilities to safeguard access to actions that can have a big impact.
- Compliance and Governance: Manage the compliance lifecycle for standards such as PCI DSS, from automated data aggregation and assessment to remediation and reporting.
- Cloud Security Intelligence: CloudGuard Log.ic is a cloud-native security intelligence technology that delivers cloud intrusion detection, network traffic visualization, and user activity analytics.
- Workload Protection: Seamlessly integrate protections and controls into your CI/CD tools, like CloudFormation and Terraform, and evaluate security posture pre-deployment—scaling across hundreds of thousands of cloud assets.
- Gain visibility
- Customize policies
- Streamline DevSecOps
- Vulnerability scanning
- Detailed risk findings with recommendations
- Auto remediation
- Clarity: Powerful visualization of cloud assets, including network topology, firewalls and more.
- CloudBots: Auto-remediation solutions for AWS that accelerate the resolution of dangerous misconfigurations and enforce compliance.
- Threat Intelligence: Cloud security intelligence that combines cloud inventory and configuration information with real-time monitoring data from a variety of sources.
- Tamper Protection: Continuous monitoring and automation reversion of unauthorized modifications.
- Privileged Identity Protection: Just-in-time privilege elevation with out-of-band authorization for IAM actions.
- Compliance Engine: Comprehensive compliance management including automation continuous compliance to help assess and enforce regulatory requirements and security best practices.