Getting visibility into and control of complex or distributed cloud environments is not only a matter of investing in a CSPM (although that can be part of the answer). There are a number of additional approaches that can help. Let's look at a number of possibilities.
The most obvious step is using a CSPM to view and manage resources in a centralized location. There's no doubt that having everything in one place makes it easier to monitor and control your cloud environment. And a CSPM can scale as your environment changes, while helping to automate processes. CSPMs are a maturing technology that can be very effective in bringing a complex environment into compliance and the alerts and remediation offered help to harden security posture. The CSPM market includes Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Orca Security, Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management, Lacework, and Wiz, among others.
On the visibility front, cloud monitoring tools like Auvik, Datadog, Centreon, or Amazon CloudWatch and Azure Monitor provide metrics and logs that can be used to identify issues and optimize performance. They can alert you to potential problems before they become critical.
As noted, leveraging automation is going to be important when dealing with complex cloud estates. Automating common tasks will reduce the time and effort required to manage your cloud environment and can help create consistency across your systems. Tools like AWS CloudFormation, Google Cloud Deployment Manager, or Azure Resource Manager can automate the deployment and management of cloud resources.
But beyond the tools are the security best practices that can also help bring things under control and help narrow down the search for issues when they occur. They include role-based access control, network segmentation, and encryption and they should help reduce the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches.
Tried and true architectural approaches can also help, including containerization and microservices. These approaches simplify the management of complex or distributed cloud environments and break down applications into smaller, independent services, making issues easier to manage.
There is probably no single tool that can completely unify cloud compliance reporting across all cloud providers and compliance frameworks. That's a pretty big ask (but a good one).
But there are, of course, tools that streamline compliance reporting and make the process easier to manage across multiple cloud environments and compliance standards. These compliance management platforms can help identify compliance gaps, enforce policies, and generate compliance reports.
Prisma Cloud enables you to monitor, view, and report on cloud infrastructure health and your compliance posture. You can create reports with both summary and detailed findings of security and compliance risks and it also offers a Compliance Dashboard and the ability to create custom compliance standards.
Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management looks to automate conformance to regulatory requirements and security best practices. It provides compliance posture management for AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, and Kubernetes and claims to reference over 50 compliance frameworks. It also enables customization of cloud compliance with its proprietary Governance Specification Language.
Touting 65 out-of-the-box frameworks, CIS Benchmarks, and custom compliance checks, Orca Security is an agentless solution that works across multiple cloud platforms. It exposes and prioritizes issues so that compliance gaps can be addressed strategically.
Another option is Chef Compliance, which leverages certified, curated audit and remediation content and aims to make sure assets are always in compliance with CIS benchmarks and DISA STIGs. It supports multiple cloud providers and compliance frameworks.
Perhaps lesser-known, CloudCheckr helps maintain security and compliance in the cloud and monitors cloud infrastructure against dozens of standards including PCI DSS, HIPAA, CIS, and NIST.
Cloud One - Conformity, from Trend Micro, works toward security, compliance, and governance of cloud infrastructure with real-time monitoring and auto-remediation features for AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
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