In our conversations with organisations today, one thing is clear: ensuring the security of cloud environments has become a top priority.
As cloud environments become more complex and dynamic, choosing the right approach to a cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) is crucial for a business’s security. DevOps and Security teams are currently debating whether to choose an agent-based or agentless approach. However, based on our experience and expertise, we recommend a mixed approach that utilises both agent-based and agentless scanning to address modern cloud threats.
We have seen the benefits of an agent-based solution, which include endpoint coverage, the ability to monitor workloads without interruption, and the capacity to prevent unauthorised access, detect malware, and block suspicious activity. On the other hand, we have also seen the effectiveness of an agentless approach for cloud security posture management (CSPM) because it provides visibility into potential risks and vulnerabilities, non-compliance, and control plane protection.
In our experience, a mixed approach is the most effective strategy because it combines the strengths of agent-based and agentless approaches while mitigating their weaknesses. This allows DevOps and Security teams to deploy the type of protection they need, regardless of their environment. It provides the flexibility to adjust security approaches as necessary and ensures that cloud environments are protected against evolving threats. By combining agent-based cloud workload protection (CWP) and agentless CSPM, businesses can gain end-to-end protection and insights that enable their DevOps teams to build safely in the cloud.
Implementing an effective CNAPP can help a business overcome the top challenges faced by DevOps teams, including a lack of visibility, shared responsibility models, and increased costs and operational overhead. With adaptable capabilities, organisations can adjust their security approach to meet the needs of their cloud environment and gain the proper level of protection against evolving cloud threats, and compliance with industry standards and regulations.
Deploying a CNAPP solution can help businesses reduce risks, vulnerabilities and other security incidents. It can also streamline compliance efforts and provide greater visibility into cloud environments.
If you want to enhance your cloud security and improve your business agility, consider implementing a CNAPP today with our expert guidance. Contact us here.
What is a cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP)?
Our partner, CrowdStrike, define a CNAPP as an all-in-one cloud-native software platform that simplifies monitoring, detecting and acting on potential cloud security threats and vulnerabilities. As an increasing number of organizations adopt DevSecOps, they are looking for ways to ensure cloud-native application security, protect business-critical workloads and streamline operations. A CNAPP combines multiple tools and capabilities into a single software solution to minimize complexity and facilitate DevOps and DevSecOps team operations. A CNAPP offers an end-to-end cloud and application security through the whole CI/CD application lifecycle, from development to production.
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Our partner Zscaler define a CNAPP as a security and compliance solution that helps teams build, deploy, and run secure cloud native applications in today’s heavily automated, dynamic public cloud environments. CNAPPs also help security teams collaborate more effectively with developers and DevOps. CNAPP comprises a new category of cloud security platform, consolidating CSPM, CIEM, IAM, CWPP, data protection, and other capabilities.
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Field Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Sekuro
With over a decade of project experience, Jason, Field CTO at Sekuro, has honed his skills as a strategic technology leader, helping organisations achieve their broader objectives through the effective use of technology. Whether it's building resilience or driving business success, he understands the critical role that the right capabilities play in achieving these outcomes. As a specialist in translating complex business requirements into technology solutions, Jason focuses on the critical elements of people, processes, and technology. By reducing complexity and ensuring these elements work together seamlessly, he helps organisations stay agile and competitive in today's rapidly evolving digital landscape.