Cloud security is a hot topic, but it’s also complicated. With so many cloud security solutions on the market, how do you know which one to choose? We’ve put together this guide for choosing a CPSM solution that will help you make an informed decision about your company’s needs. This post will cover some of the most important factors to consider when looking for a CPSM solution and provide links to resources that can help with your search.
Currently, there are over 100 companies offering Cloud Security Posture Management (CPSM) Solutions in North America alone. What is unique about these providers is their ability to offer integrated services across multiple disciplines within the IT industry.
These include: Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) compliance, Application Security Assurance (ASA), Threat Intelligence, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity planning, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and Cloud Infrastructure services. These cloud providers are known as “security consultancies”.
What is Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)?
Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) refers to the cloud provider’s ability to enforce security policies and meet compliance requirements before allowing a customer to store company data in its environment. In other words, it is the measure of how prepared a cloud vendor is to adhere to an organizations’ security standards.
One of the main benefits of choosing a cloud security consultancy is that they specialize in the needs of an organization from a holistic viewpoint.
To be able to provide this type of service, CPSMs must have insight into all areas of IT operations which includes Legacy/On-premise applications and modern cloud based technology developments. For example, if a company wanted to store its sensitive data in the cloud, it would need to understand how to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements for payment storage.
Benefits of a CPSM
A CPSM solution can significantly reduce software development costs by providing service, quality and assurance of security controls.
CPSM technology provides real-time reporting on all aspects of security including visibility into what devices are connected to the network, who is using them and how they are being used. Separating devices of new users from trusted ones and isolating them is an automated process.
CPSM can provide accurate, real-time views into security and compliance risks on a daily basis for single or multi-cloud environments. This information generates evidence on which to base business decisions and achieve faster time to compliance.
CPSM can provide visibility for network, device and user activity. It also provides detailed reports on software development, testing and deployment within multi-cloud environments. All of this information enables accurate, real-time assessments that allow for greater visibility into security risks across the enterprise.
CPSM is a fast-to-deploy solution. Solutions can be implemented in weeks instead of months.
How to Choose the Right CSPM Solution
Choosing a CPSM solution is an important decision for any company considering using the cloud. There are many factors to take into consideration, all of which will depend on your specific business needs.
Consider your company’s needs
When looking for a CPSM solution, it is important to take into consideration what you want the system to be able to do. Most importantly, consider security compliance requirements that need to be met. Some of these will depend on your industry and country of origin.
The first step is understanding which regulations are relevant to your company’s business model. For example, if you are in the healthcare or financial sector there may be additional regulatory compliance requirements involved. The next step is finding out how each SDLC component affects security posture directly and indirectly.
Ask yourself questions like:
- Does this pose a risk?
- How can I avoid potential issues?
- What would happen if something were to go wrong/be compromised?
Once you have defined the necessary controls, you must decide how to implement them in your CPSM solution.
Compare providers based on what features are important to you
CPSM solutions vary in what features they offer. Some include software development, testing and deployment support while others focus more on network security. It is important to compare providers based on what features are most relevant to your business needs, as well as considering which ones you may want to use in the future.
Some common capabilities of CPSM solutions are:
- Asset Inventory
- Software Development, Testing and Deployment
- Network Security Monitoring
- Cloud Application Security
- PCI DSS Compliance
Determine whether you need cloud access or on premise control
It is also important to consider how your CPSM solution will be hosted.
Some organizations prefer CPSM solutions hosted on premise, while others prefer them hosted in the cloud.
Consider your company’s needs and decide accordingly.
Compare providers based on reputation
Finally, consider the reputation of each provider you are considering.
It can be helpful to ask past clients for their opinions on how well service was provided and how helpful customer support was, or to find out how long they have been working with the provider.
Doing so will provide you with more information on which providers are right for your business.
As you can see, choosing a CPSM solution is an important decision for any company considering using the cloud. There are many factors that differ from company to company, so it is important to consider your specific needs, as well as what capabilities are most relevant to your business model. Taking all of this into consideration will ensure the best possible fit for you and your business.