Although a relatively new class of technology, cloud security posture management (CSPM) brings a welcomed source of confidence in public cloud migrations by targeting two increasingly important business concerns: cloud security and data compliance.
CSPM companies provide security processes and tools to prevent and fix cloud misconfigurations. This is important because exposures and data breaches due to misconfigurations are the leading cause of breaches and compliance violations in cloud applications — the Capital One data breach is one recent example. In fact, the most recent Cloud Security Alliance’s threat reports ranks data breaches and cloud misconfigurations as the No. 1 and No. 2 cloud security threats, respectively.
Considering the vast majority of successful attacks on cloud services are the result of customer misconfiguration, Gartner recommends all cloud security vendors invest in CSPM, and forecasts “through 2024, organizations implementing a CSPM offering and extending this into development will reduce cloud-related security incidents due to misconfiguration by 80%.”
CSPM “is only becoming more important,” said Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald in an earlier interview with SDxCentral. “It allows organizations to identify where they have known or unacceptable risk in their cloud configurations, and there’s been multiple acquisitions in this space.”
Because humans are prone to making mistakes, errors are unfortunately inevitable. This in turn has made CSPMs a hot mergers and acquisitions target for larger security vendors. These are the top 5 CSPM deals that are changing the cloud security landscape.