Why Multi-Cloud Networks Need to Employ Cloud-Native Security

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By integrating with native security services on leading cloud platforms, a CNP solution can correlate security findings to identify risks and suggest mitigations.

Solution sprawl is one of the biggest challenges facing security teams. This logistical nightmare is superimposed on an aggressive digital acceleration strategy prompted by the pandemic. Many overburdened security teams have already reached their breaking point.

Rapid cloud adoption, multi-cloud networks, and diverse cloud workloads worsen the problem by further increasing security complexity and friction.

Protecting multi-cloud networks is essential, but excessive complexity can hinder their ability to detect and respond to threats, particularly when cloud control plane events lack context.

In addition, separate tools can generate hundreds of alerts that must be manually investigated to determine their scope and context, resulting in alert fatigue and incorrect prioritization. Consequently, cloud threats can accumulate faster than they can be eliminated.

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In multi-cloud environments, the issue is even worse. Clearly, every cloud service provider (CSP) provides security services for vulnerability management, threat detection, risk management, data security, and auditing.

However, these solutions are exclusive to their own platform, and few security vendors offer solutions that integrate with or span multiple cloud service providers. Consequently, security teams, especially those that must work across multiple and hybrid clouds, struggle to rationalize alerts, prioritize threats, and provide comprehensive remediation. Instead, they are dealt a deck of complexities and blind spots.

The importance of cloud-native security

Today’s organizations must adopt a platform that enables a seamless transition from on-premises to cloud-based application deployment. A cybersecurity mesh platform or security fabric and integrated solutions that work across all deployments and enable consistent policies and centralized visibility make a lot of sense for on-premises and hybrid cloud deployments.

Cloud-native protection (CNP) is required to consolidate and centrally manage cloud and multi-cloud security as organizations deploy on multi-cloud networks. By integrating with native security services on major cloud platforms, a CNP solution can effectively correlate security findings with risk identification and mitigation recommendations.

A CNP solution should also integrate seamlessly with cloud-based third-party security tools, collecting and normalizing data from cloud-based firewalls and WAFs. Providing consistent security workflows across multi-cloud network allows for stopgap risk mitigation while extending consistent security to all on-premises and cloud environments.

Consolidating security services in the cloud

On their entire platform, cloud-based security services, enable threat detection, threat aggregation, and vulnerability management. By consolidating and contextualizing threat intelligence generated by these tools and deploying third-party solutions, security teams can focus on remediation rather than collection, correlation, and analysis. By standardizing and analyzing threat data across multiple clouds, organizations can then protect their more complex cloud workloads more effectively.

In addition, cloud security consolidation enables teams to manage large volumes of data generated by multiple cloud security tools without having to be experts in each tool. However, a CNP solution must effectively consolidate data without compromising coverage breadth and depth. Without this capability, teams have to choose between granular security coverage and operational efficiency. A CNP solution must also normalize and improve the information generated by cloud-native solutions in order to enrich intelligence with data from third-party solutions.

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Consistent security workflows across multiple environments allow security teams to effectively manage cloud native security without having to master the nuances of each security service. This enables them to efficiently clear security backlogs, even in the most complex multi-cloud environments. And when a CNP solution integrates with on-premises and endpoint solutions, organizations can scale visibility and control end-to-end, thereby improving security coverage, risk mitigation, and protection in a quantifiable manner.

CNP simplifies cloud security

Organizations that adopt CNP quickly realize the benefits of consolidating the cloud native security management and orchestration solutions deployed throughout their c It enables organizations to maximize the value of their investments by establishing consistent and unified visibility across all their public cloud platforms and by controlling them.

Effective CNP tools also naturally increase the number of data points they can leverage over time, allowing them to continuously enhance their ability to analyze risk and provide deeper actionable insights, thereby enhancing mitigation, reducing friction, and accelerating cloud adoption.

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