Cloud security posture management does not have to be a difficult task, but it does necessitate some careful preparation and organizational buy-in. Avoiding some costly CSPM mistakes will help businesses lay a foundation of security and compliance across teams, systems, and ecosystems that can help them get the most out of the cloud.
Many businesses believe their cloud security situation is under control, but when pressed, they confess that they don’t have a centralized visibility into their assets. This usually means they have little idea where the company stands when it comes to compliance and best practices, they don’t know whether basic misconfigurations or other mistakes are making them vulnerable to attack, and there aren’t any agreed-upon performance indicators.
By failing to take proactive security measures, businesses are limiting their ability to develop and extend their cloud services. Cloud Security Posture Management, or CSPM, is a solution to this issue. CSPM offers a single pane of glass for real-time visibility into cloud vulnerabilities and security posture.
Top 4 CSPM Mistakes to Avoid
Doing it all on their own
Organizations may believe that they can secure their cloud and pipelines by implementing their own processes and checks, which isn’t a bad approach on a project-by-project basis. But what if there are tens or hundreds of programs, pipelines, resources, or users to manage? The cloud is all about scale, and if done incorrectly, this is where cloud protection often fails.
Using open-source or third-party tools relieves the internal teams of the responsibility of developing and maintaining the centralized visibility and control that businesses need. Companies should avoid depending solely on one team or relying completely on the effectiveness of a DevOps pipeline. Organizations need centralized and comprehensive visibility, compliance, and security, and a CSPM is the ideal tool for improving and scaling cloud security.
Lacking a multi-cloud cloud security posture management
Another mistake is to use CSPM tools that are one-size-fits-all and don’t have a unified view of multiple clouds, like the ones provided by public cloud providers. The management plane, control plane, and governance system are all unique to each cloud. Depending on these tools across multiple clouds will result in a lack of visibility, inconsistencies, missed insights, and increased risk. Therefore, businesses should opt for robust CSPM solutions that offer multi-cloud monitoring and protection.
Some businesses believe that CSPM is merely a security problem, or they will purchase a CSPM solution but only train a few security-minded employees to use it. The truth is that security should be a priority for multiple teams in the cloud process. DevOps teams have a stake in CSPM as well, since security vigilance does not begin when a product is deployed to the cloud, but rather while it is being created. It will provide them with information about their applications and help them verify the results of their deployments. When organizations silo cloud operations, they lose advantages and opportunities, so limiting CSPM to just security isn’t the best approach.
Not prioritizing security
A company that believes it is too small or not mature enough to care about security is often putting itself at risk, and all too often, they only think about it after a breach or a problem has occurred. Securing assets should be a top priority for all teams from the start, and implementing a solid CSPM strategy shouldn’t be put off.