On any given day, clouds connect and disconnect from hundreds if not thousands of networks. The ability to interact with so many different networks is powerful, but it can make clouds difficult to secure if you do not do so correctly. As more industries adopt cloud-based technologies, cloud security posture management has become critical.
Since there is not always an explicit perimeter to keep safe in the cloud, standard security measures aren’t always suitable. Furthermore, you cannot always accomplish manual security processes at the necessary scale or speed at which clouds operate. The lack of centralization can make visibility difficult. In complex environments with hundreds of accounts, strong security management can help you keep track of what processes are running and what they are doing.
Without cloud security posture management tools, misconfigurations can lead to disastrous data breaches. For example, IT research firm DivvyCloud, states that 95 % of security breaches are due to misconfigurations, costing $5 trillion between 2018 and 2019.