Why Security Leaders Must Prioritize Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms

Why Security Leaders Must Prioritize Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms

Cloud migration is a necessary change, and as more businesses shift processes to the cloud, the complexity of these systems will rise. As that happens, security needs to evolve to ensure this agility and complexity don’t undermine safety. Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPPs) are the next step in that evolution.

The demand for security technologies that can help enterprises safeguard their cloud infrastructure and applications is rising due to the fast-growing and developing cloud security market. Cloud security tools can help DevOps and InfoSec professionals enhance productivity and discover software vulnerabilities, allowing companies to remain agile in development while increasing security across the software lifecycle process.

But managing an extensive collection of security tools comes with its own difficulties, and tool sprawl makes things more complicated.

A CNAPP can be leveraged to consolidate security tools and offer increased visibility into organizational workloads and strengthen control over compliance and security risks in cloud environments. Here are some of the key ways CNAPPs address current cloud security issues.

Increased Compatibility

A CNAPP can be used for practically any cloud workload, which is one of its biggest advantages. Traditional security solutions offer limited compatibility since they either focus on a particular type of application or necessitate the use of additional tools. CNAP platforms can eliminate compatibility issues because they replace numerous different solutions.

When teams have to use different tools to cover every area of cloud security, interoperability isn’t always ensured. It is more likely that at least one of their many solutions won’t function properly with the other solutions. Additionally, different security solutions might not work with the particular environments or applications that enterprises try to manage.

When applied to any workload, whether container-based or virtual machines, CNAPPs are truly cloud-native. IT teams are free from concern over potential security flaws brought on by incompatibility between various applications and services.

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Centralized Solution to Cloud Security

The fact that CNAP platforms offer a centralized approach to cloud security is another benefit of these platforms. Transparency is one of the most visible challenges in most organizations because they depend on several services. More visibility is achieved by using a single, unified platform to assess and manage risks across cloud environments.

Unknown vulnerabilities often result in breaches. For instance, many ransomware attacks rely on well-known vulnerabilities, often as a result of poor control of an enterprise over all of its resources. Better transparency exposes flaws that companies might otherwise miss, preventing vulnerabilities that could be fixed.

Early Detection of Issues

Additionally, CNAPPs monitor for and fix problems earlier in the process than many legacy security solutions. While Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPPs) work earlier, their scope is limited, and Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) systems focus on monitoring ongoing risks after adopting cloud processes. While searching for vulnerabilities across the entire attack surface, CNAPPs offer the timeliness of CWPPs. 

Before creating a new application, IT teams can utilize a CNAP platform to detect compliance issues or misconfigurations. Early detection of these threats offers them more time to take the appropriate steps before the problem worsens and becomes more disruptive. As a result, cloud environments will be more secure right from the start, and companies can roll out new programs with little disruption.

Automation of Processes

CNAPPs automate many of the activities involved in addition to integrating previously independent security controls. Although many legacy security solutions include some level of automation, CNAP emphasizes it more. This enables teams to maximize the transparency and centralization of these platforms, enabling even quicker and more economical operations.

Regulatory compliance, threat detection, and auditing of protocols like Identity Access Management (IAM) are all automated by CNAP. Along with automatically identifying these potential problems, it also prioritized them according to risk, assisting IT teams in dealing with the most urgent issues first. IT teams can quickly expand cloud infrastructure with a reduced workload without compromising security.

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