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How improving security management can help protect the cloud [Q&A]

Sergio Loureiro, Cloud Security Product Director
Cloud misconfigurations are one of the major causes of data breaches and the problem has become worse thanks to the dash for remote working.

While cloud is undoubtedly the right choice for businesses looking to expand their infrastructure to keep pace with DevOps demands and embrace support for remote working, many enterprises are falling short of providing adequate Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM).

We spoke to Sergio Loureiro, cloud security director at Outpost24, to find out more about how organizations can deploy CSPM to prevent losing data from unsecured cloud estates.

BN: What is cloud misconfiguration and what are the consequences of a poorly configured cloud environment?

SL: Cloud misconfigurations arise when security settings are not defined, implemented, and default values are maintained. Usually, this means the configuration settings do not comply with the industry security standards (CIS benchmarks) which are critical to maintaining cloud security and reduce risk of data breach. Misconfigurations normally happen when a system or database administrator does not properly configure the security framework of the cloud according to cloud security best practice leading to dangerous open pathways for hackers to get in and plant malware and steal your data.

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