Public cloud infrastructure can provide significant benefits to an organization. The transition to the cloud offers greater flexibility and scalability than on-prem data centers along with the potential for significant cost savings. However, the move to the public cloud also brings significant security risks. Resources located in the public cloud are hosted on shared infrastructure and are accessible via the public Internet. Implementing security controls for multiple environments and securing access to these cloud-based resources can be complex.
Cloud security solutions can help to take some of the burden of cloud security off of corporate security teams; however, many solutions are available and it can be difficult to determine which best meets an organization’s needs.
Two of the main cloud security solutions that a company should consider are Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) and Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM). Let’s take a closer look at both options.
As companies adopt cloud infrastructure, many are deploying multi-cloud environments, distributing data and applications across multiple providers’ platforms. Each of these platforms has its own security controls and methods for managing access to corporate cloud-based resources.
A zero-trust security model and the principle of least privilege state that users, applications, and systems should have only the access and permissions that they need to do their jobs. Implementing entitlements across multiple cloud platforms can be complex and unscalable.
Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) can allow an organization to automate the process of entitlement management across a multi-cloud deployment, enabling an organization to maintain consistent access controls across its entire environment.
Some key features of CIEM include:
Security misconfigurations are a leading contributor to cloud data breaches. To effectively secure a cloud environment, an organization needs to properly configure a range of vendor-provided security controls. With multiple cloud environments, all with their own vendor-specific security settings, configuration management becomes much more complex.
Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) enables an organization to monitor cloud security configurations and identify potential misconfigurations of cloud security controls.
Some key features of a CSPM solution include:
CIEM and CSPM are designed to address two very different security risks in public cloud environments. CIEM solutions are designed to manage access to cloud resources, enabling an organization to implement the principle of least privilege and a zero-trust security model. CSPM provides crucial visibility into cloud security configurations, enabling an organization to identify and address misconfigurations that place cloud-based resources at risk.
Effectively securing a cloud environment requires both CIEM and CSPM, not one or the other. To learn more about cloud security posture management and what to look for in a CSPM solution, check out this buyer’s guide.
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