A cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) is a streamlined security architecture that allows businesses to reap the full benefits of the cloud-native ecosystem. It enables companies to bypass the complexity and cost of siloed security products in favor of a comprehensive security fabric. This is possible without making significant investments in tools or developer expertise.
Today, the ROI for digitalization is corporate survival rather than just business development, as it was before the pandemic. All organizations want to use the public cloud’s agility and innovation velocity to accomplish their digital transformation mandate. This will either occur independently or in conjunction with private data centers.
However, in order to do so, enterprises will require a cloud-native platform that can manage the unique security requirements of this new environment. So, what are the most significant issues of Cloud-Native Application Security? In addition to that, what can a CNAPP do for cloud security?
Insight into Cloud-Native Applications and Workloads
A number of new security challenges are put forth by cloud settings. These settings are dynamic and transient, frequently featuring singular and unforeseen interactions. These transient, containerized, and serverless environments cannot be adequately secured by conventional agent-based security methods.
The contemporary enterprise is a perplexing puzzle. Cloud usage has increased by 50% since the beginning of 2020. Modern enterprises have evolved organically, shifting to the cloud as needed, frequently resulting in a disparate mix of siloed security products controlled by siloed security teams. Furthermore, the infrastructural environment is transient. DevSecOps is a new identity that has arisen. Enterprises can only safeguard what they can see, thus they must have full visibility throughout all cloud-native applications and workloads.
Security for Cloud-Native Applications: DevOps to DevSecOps Transition
Developers are receiving a lot of attention since their position has changed from being merely CI/CD to enabling strategic business goals. Businesses want to free up their developers to create applications that are engaging and compliant in order to achieve strategic business results. The previous silos between Security and DevOps teams must now be broken through. In order to incorporate security into the software development life cycle (SDLC). Infrastructure-as-Code best practices are enabled by continuous monitoring, automated inspections, version control, vulnerability analysis of images as soon as they are built, and so on. Enterprises require a less complicated method to overcome this difficulty without making a sizable investment in developer time and talent. This considerably complicates the task of managing cloud-native resources.
Measurement of Cumulative Risk for Cloud-Native Applications and Workloads
Cloud Native applications are developed and deployed in a continuous and uninterrupted manner (CI/CD). Modern organizations lack a method to quantify cumulative risk. This includes risks associated with misconfigurations and mismanagement, which cause 99% of cloud security breaches; such as a lack of Identity and Access Management policy-related errors, unnecessary privileges, and leaving default public access to sensitive services such as MongoDB, Databases, and so on.
Third-party assaults against cloud services have increased by 630% since March 2020. Bad actors are attempting to determine the location of sensitive data, learn how to exploit misconfigurations (users, identities, and infrastructure configuration), and leverage software vulnerabilities as a launching pad to grow and exfiltrate data.
Elements of a Cloud-Native Protection Platform
CWPP and CSPM capabilities can be synergistically combined, according to Gartner, and numerous companies are pursuing this approach. A new class of Cloud-Native Application Protection (CNAPs) will soon develop. As a result of the combination, which will scan workloads and setups during development and protect them throughout use.
Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)
Customer errors, poor management, and misconfiguration are the main causes of cloud breaches. A class of security solutions called CSPM makes it possible to monitor compliance, integrate DevOps, respond to incidents, analyze risks, and visualize those risks. In order to proactively identify and mitigate data vulnerabilities, cloud security posture management processes must be enabled by security and risk management leaders.
Platforms for Cloud Workload Protection (CWPP)
CWPP is a workload security protection technology that uses agents. In contemporary hybrid data center architectures, comprising on-premises, physical and virtual machines (VMs), and numerous public cloud infrastructures, CWPP solves specific server workload protection requirements. Support for container-based application architectures is part of this.