Cloud security posture management (CSPM) is a key component of cloud data security that scours cloud environments and alerts staff to compliance risks and configuration vulnerabilities in cloud services, most of which stem from human error. In its Innovation Insight for Cloud Security Posture Management report, analyst firm Gartner defined CSPM as a category of products that automate security and compliance assurance and address the need for proper control over cloud infrastructure configurations. In 2020, according to Gartner, the adoption of CSPM solutions was strong, projected to reach 25% in just a few years as more organizations recognize them as must-have cloud security tools.
Broadly speaking, CSPM protects you in three ways:
1. Provides visibility into your cloud assets and configurations. Enterprise CSPM discovers misconfigurations, changes in policy or metadata, and more, and helps you manage all these policies through a centralized console.
2. Manages and remediates misconfigurations. By comparing your cloud configurations against industry standards and other pre-built rules, CSPM reduces human error that can increase your risk of costly breaches.
3. Discovers new potential threats. CSPM monitors your cloud environments in real time for inappropriate access and anomalies that may indicate malicious activity.