The adoption of cloud is not only increasing rapidly but also the variety of combinations in which it is used – SaaS, multiple public clouds, and hybrid cloud. Also, each of these clouds continually strives to expand and better its services to stay competitive. Likewise, new regulations are getting added and the existing ones evolving fast. Thus, making it very difficult for enterprises to adopt the required best practices and security standards, especially in multi-cloud environments. A direct consequence of these developments on enterprises is – reduced control, increased complexity, and heightened risks.

Traditional regulatory and compliance standards do not address the security intricacies involved in managing cloud services. Cloud specific benchmarks are evolving to address this. Center for Internet Security (CIS) has released security benchmarks for Azure and AWS earlier this year. Though there are few overlapping CIS controls across Azure and AWS, the majority of the controls are unique in nature to each cloud service provider.

Through 2024, workloads that leverage the programmability of cloud infrastructure to improve security protection will suffer at least 60% fewer security incidents than those in traditional data centers – Gartner

It is impossible to ensure security baseline and posture manually for multi-cloud environments due to the vast number of services, resources, and configuration dynamics.  A single incorrect configuration can lead to a significant risk of exposing sensitive business data. CoreStack, a multi-cloud governance platform addresses this challenge by enabling asset discovery and a single view of the security posture of multi-cloud workloads. CoreStack also benchmarks the security standards at the time of the resource provisioning itself. This ensures that the security risks are addressed and mitigated at an early stage of the life cycle of the cloud resource. It evaluates CIS benchmarks for Azure and AWS workloads and provides the options to remediate the violations or notify the asset owners. CoreStack also offers comprehensive dashboards and views at various levels – organization level, cloud account level, department level, cloud service level. The views can also be customized by severity and resource type.

Cloud security and risk management leaders should make strategic investments to proactively and reactively identify and remediate the risks. The key is continuous security posture management. Set up a free demo to learn on how CoreStack’s autonomous and continuous governance platform works.

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