Cloud Security Posture

Asset management is the business process that helps organizations make informed decisions to reduce costs and manage risks by tracking and monitoring the performance of company assets. This is a process that companies must extend to their Cloud resources. It is estimated that over 50 billion devices are now connected to the internet in 2022. But, the staggering number of virtual assets in the cloud can far exceed this. It’s because of this rapidly ballooning of devices, VMs, license, etc. that asset tracking is a necessity.

For organisations, the main goal of asset management is control and visibility in an ever expanding ecosystem of traceable entities. In order to get a 360-degree view of asset life cycles, HoundER automatically discovers and catalogues cloud assets, tracking resources, and then follow them through to disposal.

What is Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)?

Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) is a set of practices and technologies designed to help organizations manage their security posture in the cloud. CSPM solutions provide visibility and control over an organization's cloud environment, helping to identify and remediate security risks and compliance issues. CSPM solutions typically integrate with cloud service provider APIs and use automation and machine learning to continuously monitor an organization's cloud environment. This allows organizations to quickly identify misconfigurations, policy violations, and other security issues that may arise in their cloud infrastructure.
Cloud Asset Life Cycle
Asset management is an essential aspect of any effective business management plan, that aims at systematically understanding how assets are procured, maintained, upgraded, and disposed of cost-effectively. For native cloud companies, tracking cloud assets is a must, as many of the assets are non-tangible. While the basic tenets of tracking assets can be done by spreadsheet, this approach is only helpful for the smaller companies, as it is error-prone and can quickly become cumbersome. At the enterprise level, with the sheer number of devices connected to their vast networks, using specialised asset tracking software is essential for managing asset life cycles.

HoundER CSPM solutions helps organizations enforce security policies and best practices across their cloud environments, ensuring that security standards are consistently applied across all cloud resources. This helps to reduce the risk of security breaches, data leaks, and compliance violations, while also improving the overall security posture of the organization's cloud infrastructure.
Centralised Cloud Inventory — The primary benefit of tracking cloud assets is full visibility of all assets that deliver the cloud service. This allows for accurate life cycle management. For organisations with service level expectations, ensuring that critical service delivery assets don’t bring down the system is key to delivering service levels.
Cloud and Process Automation — Automation is essential to cloud computing, and so it makes sense to extend these properties into cloud asset management. In fact, automation is also what allows modern cloud inventory to be so efficient. With automation, new assets can be discovered as they are added, and asset costs can be tracked in real-time.
Security Assurance & Compliance — Inventory visibility is key to security assurance, however, cloud asset management software may need to be integrated alongside, or as a third-party integration. More than simply inventorying assets, software can ensure cloud compliance in and environment increasingly regulated and expanding.
Reduced Capital and Maintenance Costs — The combination of a centralised cloud inventory, automation, and a higher level insight into asset life cycle coupled with a preventative maintenance strategy helps organisations reduce their capital and maintenance costs.

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