Cloud-native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) offers a complete security solution, and by helping security and DevOps teams to collaborate effectively, it aids in the building, running, and deployment of cloud-native applications.
With constantly evolving threat perception, the landscape of Cloud Security is currently undergoing a major overhaul. While traditional security tools and procedures are specifically designed to offer protection to on-premise systems, the ephemeral nature of cloud technologies coupled with their fast development and release cycles render conventional security tools ineffective in offering desired security.
As many organizations switch to digital product engineering, data management, and cloud computing, a strong need to reevaluate security options and redesign control stacks has been felt across the segment.
Further, the rising popularity of managing team extensions, product engineering methodology, and Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) has given impetus to the security of cloud-native technologies offered via the tools such as cloud access security broker (CASB), cloud workload protection platform (CWPP), and cloud security posture management (CSPM).
The latest to join the list of these acronyms is the cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP). CNAPP represents a combination of the existing technologies in the field of Cloud Security and a convergence point for configuration and workload security features, API protection, automation security, and identity management capabilities.
With such comprehensive abilities at its disposal, CNAPP is touted to be the game-changer in the space of cloud technology. Here are the details of how CNAPP can address the need for security at multiple levels and aid the development process by offering enhanced security and coordination among participating stakeholders:
Enhanced Visibility: CNAPP has the distinctive competence of combining the multiple capabilities related to cloud Security into a single holistic solution. This, in turn, enhances the visibility of the entire cloud infrastructure and helps the security, DevOps, and management teams to get a complete view of the security situation in terms of visual charts, recommended alerts, and remedial measures for making informed decisions in the context of ever-changing security outlook. This enhanced visibility also proves instrumental in anomaly detection, threat identification, risk quantification, and remedy access in a proactive and timely manner.
Complete Security Solution: CNAPP eliminates the need for multiple platforms and safety solutions by consolidating all features, measures, tools, and procedures into one solution. With all capabilities offered in one security solution, CNAPP significantly enhances the overall effectiveness of the security solution and minimizes the errors associated with managing different solutions, platforms, and tools related to cloud security. This consolidation also proves helpful in reducing the response time of security, and DevOps teams as teams get notified instantly through a central mechanism rather than getting the information through disparate platforms.
Secure Development: CNAPP integrates seamlessly with integrated development environments (IDEs) and helps software development teams spot misconfigurations they often encounter while implementing CI/CD scenarios. The holistic security capabilities of CNAPP can also scan the configurations related to infrastructure as code (IaC) and collaborate with security operations (SecOps) to trigger warnings for blocking any unsecured deployment in the long run.
DevOps Security: By integrating safety standards and principles in the DevOps cycle, CNAPP offers a complete range of security controls to existing tools of the development used by the DevOps teams. This, in turn, proves helpful for information security (InfoSec) teams to use proper guardrails, take ownership of their daily tasks, and achieve a proper integration between DevOps and security teams.
Priority Settings: By analyzing millions of variables at a time, CNAPP helps companies prioritize the areas that are critical for cloud security and require immediate attention. It offers a comprehensive picture of the potential threats and enhances the analysis capabilities of teams to scan configuration frameworks, workload procedures, coding processes, and permission modules. It offers a complete picture of impending risks and helps firms devise an encompassing strategy for cloud-native applications.
CNAPP has the potential to change the very face of cloud security solutions in the future. The distinctive advantage of the solution lies in its holistic capabilities to scan and suggest the threat perception and offer remedial measures to save the systems from potential threats and hazards. Further, by acting as a single source of information and aiding coordination between different functional teams, CNAPP is fast becoming the preferred cloud security solution across the globe.