Cloud Native Application Protection Platform: A Utility Knife for Cloud Security Services

Does the world need another acronym? Probably not. But it seems like one is born every day in the cybersecurity market. As a tradeoff for the brain power to recall their cryptic meanings, we should at least expect progress on the technology front.

We have seen this before. With all that’s happened in the last decade, point products for network security became next-generation firewall appliances, creating an ease-of-use and centralized management interface. In the world of cloud security, we are now witnessing a consolidation of workload protection, vulnerability management, container security, and posture management — all designed to protect cloud native applications.

Enter CNAPP… But Will It Help?

Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) is a category defined by Gartner as “an integrated set of security and compliance capabilities designed to help secure and protect cloud-native applications across development and production.” With the move to shift left, customers are challenged to protect workloads throughout lifecycles, and they will use every tool to accomplish that goal.

This leads us to the best practices for workload protection and how an integrated platform could streamline the process.

To avoid application vulnerabilities finding their way into production environments, IT teams are best suited to scan during all stages of development. No matter where the application may reside, whether in a hybrid and multi-cloud environment, the workload protections must be extended. For Kubernetes environments, such as Red Hat OpenShift, container protection must also be in place to cover all the bases.

Given that misconfigurations are the leading cause of cloud data breaches, it is important to implement a cloud security posture management (CSPM) solution to ensure the ..

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