As cloud adoption increases, it becomes imperative to secure the data and applications in the cloud. Data is the lifeblood of any business and an instance of data breach not only can expose the business to potential cyber threats but also affect business continuity. Therefore, businesses are obliged to ensure the security of their data, apps, and infrastructure. Cloud providers facilitate storage but it is the responsibility of an organization to secure its data and applications in the cloud.
Cloud-native development and security challenges
For better efficiency, faster enablement, unlimited computing, and scalability, application development is fast becoming cloud-native. A cloud-native environment is microservice-centric, which allows for automatic and continuous deployment, management, and updates. It allows for portability meaning application components interact via software APIs and are not tied to any cloud environment. However, mere migrating the on-premise set up to the cloud does not make it cloud-native.
As cloud-native is a relatively new approach for application development which comprises containers, microservices, platform-as-a-service, and serverless security. However, it has thrown open a new kind of security challenge. For instance, it becomes rather difficult to gain end-to-end visibility which impacts monitoring, detection, and response. Too many tools and vendors not only complicate the stacks and raise costs, but also causes integration challenges. Further, even though most microservices run on Linux stack, there is no security solution for this. As a result, existing security approaches cannot prove successful in a cloud-native scenario.
CNSPs for cloud security
Businesses must, therefore, reassess their security strategies in view of the growing cloud-native environment. They need cloud-native security platforms (CNSP) that integrate seamlessly with DevOps workflow. CNSPs enhance cloud security by providing unified visibility to SecOps and DevOps teams. They also help automate remediation in the overall build-deploy-run process. As a result, businesses can choose an optimal compute option without stressing about the challenge of integrating diverse security solutions.
The article has been written by Neetu Katyal, Content and Marketing Consultant
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