Table of Contents
- Market Categories and Deployment Types
- Key Criteria Comparison
- GigaOm Radar
- Vendor Insights
- Analyst’s Take
- About Chris Ray
Cloud security posture management (CSPM) offerings are security solutions designed specifically for cloud environments. They employ the multitude of application programming interfaces (APIs) offered by public cloud service providers to gather data from diverse sources. This rich data stream comprises a broad array of cloud configuration data and workload events. By leveraging this data, CSPM solutions can monitor and identify security risks, such as misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and risks inside of workloads and CI/CD tooling.
The data harvested via APIs is meticulously sorted, processed, and analyzed using sophisticated algorithms and AI technologies. This in-depth analysis serves to identify risk patterns and anomalies that could indicate potential threats. It helps to mitigate risks proactively by pinpointing potential security gaps and suggesting remedial measures before any actual breach occurs.
CSPM solutions have evolved significantly since their inception. Initially, they were simple tools for API monitoring and data visualization, aimed at giving security teams a clear view of their cloud infrastructure. Now they’re comprehensive security platforms that incorporate features such as identity and access management (IAM) and workload monitoring. Organizations of all sizes and maturity levels use CSPM solutions to illuminate risks and advance security objectives.
As the cloud security landscape evolves and threats become more complex, CSPM vendors continue to innovate. Many vendors are now exploring the integration of advanced security features like static application security testing (SAST) and source code analysis (SCA). These additions signify the vendors’ commitment to developing comprehensive, one-stop-shop solutions for cloud security.
This GigaOm Radar report highlights key CSPM vendors and equips IT decision-makers with the information needed to select the best fit for their business and use case requirements. In the corresponding GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating CSPM Solutions,” we describe in more detail the capabilities and metrics that are used to evaluate vendors in this market.
This is our second year evaluating the CSPM space in the context of our Key Criteria and Radar reports. All solutions included in this Radar report meet the following table stakes—capabilities widely adopted and well implemented in the sector:
- Cloud workload scanning
- Enhanced visibility into cloud services
- Cloud-native risk identification
- Compliance reporting
- Real-time cloud services monitoring
How to Read this Report
This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:
Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.
GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.