How to choose the best cloud security posture management tools

Thinking they’re too small/not mature enough: A company that assumes it’s too small or not mature enough to consider security will always put the business at risk as it typically only thinks about security after an issue or breach occurs. However, companies of all sizes should ensure they protect their assets across teams by implementing CSPM tools.

There are numerous CSPM tools on the market, so to help you begin your research, we’ve highlighted the following products based on discussions with analysts and independent research.

Aqua Security Real-Time CSPM: Connects organizations’ cloud accounts so they can identify all their cloud resources running in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Intune, and Oracle Cloud. Provides a comprehensive view of organizations’ real-time cloud security risks, identifying the most critical problems so they can focus on fixing high-priority issues. Uses agentless workload scanning to scan workloads and assess companies’ basic risk postures. Detects cloud risks and catches threats that evade agentless detection, including fileless malware, memory-based attacks, and unknown exploit attempts, such as zero days. Provides context-based insights and recommends remediation actions. Prioritizes the most important security issues. Connects issues detected in the cloud back to development.

Check Point CloudGuard for Cloud Security Posture Management: Automates security, compliance, and governance across multicloud environments and services. Detects misconfigurations, visualizes and assesses companies’ security postures, and enforces compliance frameworks and security best practices. Companies can manage the security and compliance of their public cloud environments across Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba Cloud, and Kubernetes. CloudGuard’s network and asset visualization enables companies to detect any compromised workloads, vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, or open ports in real-time. Offers threat intelligence support as a free add-on to CSPM customers. This feature offers insights into account activity through threat research and machine learning.

CrowdStrike Falcon Cloud Security: Provides threat detection, prevention, and remediation and enforces compliance and security posture and compliance across AWS, Azure, and GCP. Provides CSPM features for hybrid and multicloud environments. Enables companies to continuously monitor the compliance posture of all their cloud resources from a single console and dashboard for numerous regulations, including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), SOC2, and more. Lets companies compare cloud application configurations to organizational and industry benchmarks so they can detect violations and remediate them in real time to ensure their applications are always available.

Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud: Safeguards resources across multicloud and hybrid environments. Its features work on AWS, Azure, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and GCP public cloud environments. Provides users with total visibility into their cloud environments, automated responses, and continuous threat detection. Analyzes, normalizes disparate data sources to offer enterprises clarity into risk management. Provides historical and real-time visibility across assets and configurations. Offers companies step-by-step remediation instructions for compliance violations and misconfigurations. Collects audit event logs allowing security administrations to see configuration changes and identify when they occurred.

Tenable Cloud Security: Provides a complete inventory of assets across Azure, GCP, and AWS. Automatically detects and maps organizations’ cloud environments, including workloads, infrastructures, data, and identities. Enables companies to view infrastructure that’s configured incorrectly, as well as associated risks, vulnerabilities, excessive permissions, and network configurations that can expose corporate resources. Allows organizations to automatically remediate misconfigurations, risky privileges, and policy violations. Companies can audit multicloud environments against industry standards, including AWS Well-Architected framework, NIST, PCI-DSS, SOC2, and Center for Internet Security benchmarks for Kubernetes and more. Companies can create their own custom checks.

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