When organizations first deploy a cloud security posture management tool, it’s often the first time IT staff members are seeing their cloud environment from a security perspective. When they learn that a certain port was unintentionally open, or that a misconfiguration has left data unprotected, one of the most common reactions I hear is, “I didn’t know that!”
That’s not a position anyone wants to be in with their cloud environments. Yet it happens frequently, especially as more organizations engage multiple cloud service providers. Luckily, CSPM tools provide the centralized visibility that IT staffers need to keep cloud environments secure. They can run automated audits to check configurations against security and compliance rule sets, identify critical vulnerabilities and even fix them, as directed, via auto-remediation.
The cloud is both powerful and potentially complex, so it’s difficult to perform a comprehensive, continuous check on a cloud environment manually. That’s where CSPM tools come in.