The cloud revolutionized how businesses operated, providing on-demand access, massive scalability, improved business continuity, and plenty of other advantages, including the elimination of the need for expensive physical data centers.
Even though more businesses are moving to the cloud, many continue to think in terms of traditional data center security. They haven’t yet accepted the idea that cloud security requires a different strategy and a different mindset. This will be a concern for teams as the cloud becomes more business vital and as they consider their Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM).
Let’s see some common challenges to teams who are new to CSPM has to think about.
Change in mindset
When it comes to cloud security, the largest issue teams will have is to stop handling it the same way they treated data center security previously. Understanding that security cannot be left only to the security staff is one of these mentality adjustments. Security must be “baked” into the entire development lifecycle in the cloud, where infrastructure is provided as code and automation are central.
This shift in thinking will also necessitate team members having a better knowledge of how security must be weaved throughout the whole deployment process.
Not putting security first from the beginning
By putting off cloud security, an organization risks breaches, non-compliance, and other high-risk issues. On the other hand, firms may have adopted an overly cautious approach at first, implementing such rigorous restrictions that they are unable to fully realize the promise of cloud and DevOps in the future.
Cloud security should be considered early on and should involve not only the correct tools but also the right processes and people.
One key way to cloud security is to implement a real CSPM program to monitor your cloud environment. However, many organizations rely solely on technology, believing that having a CSPM or relying on vendor skills will suffice – leaving their staff unaware of the proactive role they must play.
Organizations that want to stay on top of their cloud security should prioritize continuous education and upskilling, not just in terms of traditional cloud security, but also in terms of industry best practices and cloud principles.
Thinking you’re protected by CI/CD
Organizations are frequently misled to believe that they have their cloud security covered because they have incorporated controls into their CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) pipeline, believing that if they can find errors in the pipeline, they would be able to ensure a flawless deployment. But in reality, as changes frequently occur outside the pipeline, cloud providers may perform configuration upgrades, and templates may be altered without following the proper protocols.
To avoid this, put a plan in place for continuous cloud monitoring in addition to your pipeline controls.
Challenges to Opportunities
Cloud security, like any new change, will require a shift in thinking, new skills, and a commitment to establish a successful CSPM approach. There may be difficulties, but embracing cloud security early in your cloud journey will not only keep your organization safe but also bring insights and benefits to the entire organization.