Protecting data and networks will be crucial as firms consider moving to the cloud. An automated cloud-native security solution can help save time and money for the enterprise.
Automation is the foundation of innovation because it allows people to work smarter rather than harder. Automation simplifies security in the cloud, allowing businesses to focus on improved investigation and other security business transformation projects rather than manual security deployment for new infrastructure and time-consuming risk remediation chores.
The importance of automation is reflected in its demand from security leaders. According to a 2020 study by Fugue, “The state of cloud security 2020”, 95% of IT, cloud, and security professionals surveyed stated security automation would help them be more productive while also improving cloud-based data protection.
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Cloud security automation’s benefits
Aside from the obvious benefit of eliminating manual work and allowing organizations to focus on innovation, here are some other ways automation can help businesses succeed:
Reduces cloud misconfigurations: Human error is still the most common source of cloud misconfigurations. Automation removes the guesswork and human errors that might jeopardize an infrastructure’s security.
More resiliency: Just as businesses wouldn’t be without home insurance, having a backup plan is crucial. Businesses can reduce the time it takes to recover from a data breach by automating the process.
Shifts left to foster a DevSecOps culture: Businesses can assure security from the start of the build process all the way through deployment by integrating automated scans and testing from the minute code is committed to the repository.
Expedited compliance: When DevOps teams need to be as agile as possible, manual compliance audits are out. Businesses can ensure that they are proving compliance without sacrificing build time by automating compliance scans and security policies throughout the development process.
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Use cases for automation
The first line of defense against data intrusions is to secure user permissions. However, given the vast quantity of cloud resources that enterprises have, manually authorizing, tracking, and de-provisioning access can be problematic. By allowing organizations to define permissions based on responsibilities, enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA), and demanding regular password rotation, automation solutions can help streamline this process. An overly permissive user and service account can also be identified via automation.
Rather than the time-consuming alternative of manually developing and configuring infrastructure, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) immediately builds a stable foundation for developers to work upon. This enables enterprises to better manage changes and setups in a cloud environment. IaC also provides DevOps practices, which allow developers and operations to collaborate more closely on the deployment of virtual machines, the virtual networks that surround them, and the applications that run on them.
Before the vendor patch is issued, virtual patching protects against threats that exploit known and unknown vulnerabilities on impacted servers and endpoints. Virtual patching allows security teams to assess the vulnerability, test, and install the necessary and permanent patches in a controlled environment. This saves businesses many hours and potential system downtime by eliminating the need to manually locate and fix everything.
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