Cloud-native application protection platforms (CNAAPs) make it easier for developers to discover security vulnerabilities in their products. Instead of relying on a bunch of independent tools linked together – creating opportunities for malicious actors to slip through – CNAPP solutions let security teams review everything from endpoints to dependencies within a single platform.
We’ve seen the benefits of adopting CNAPP solutions throughout app life cycles. Although it isn’t a foolproof approach to application security – nothing is! – we find them extremely helpful.
Below, we’ll share some of our experiences with adding CNAPP to cloud infrastructures, what you can expect from them, and which platforms implement the best security strategies.
Cloud-native application protection platforms bring together several approaches to protecting the attack surfaces of your web and mobile apps.
Products you can expect to find within a reliable CNAPP include:
CWPPs scan workloads to help ensure your IT infrastructure can handle all requests without slowing runtimes considerably or, much worse, failing. CWPPs benefit cloud-based applications because they can tap into additional computing resources as needed. For example, the CWPP might respond to a sudden increase in users by recruiting help from virtual machines, Kubernetes, other containers, additional cloud server space, and physical machines.
A great CWPP will also improve performance and runtime visibility. For instance, a graphics-based dashboard might show you a timeline of increased usage and notify security leaders to pay close attention.
CSPM solutions automate key tasks associated with identifying and remediating cloud-native application risks. For example, a reliable CSPM might keep applications running by:
Cloud technology relies on dynamic network perimeters that can adjust with changing needs. CSNS helps ensure that scaling happens without putting applications in harm’s way.
For example, we typically see CSNS tools that use:
Gartner security leaders Dale Koeppen, Charlie Winckless, and Neil MacDonald published a highly influential report about cloud-native application protection platforms.
If you want to take a deep dive into their research, read their publication, "Gartner® Market Guide for Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms."
In the meantime, we’ll distill the opinions of Gartner and its researchers into a few critical points.
According to this Gartner research, attackers have several opportunities to exploit the risk surface area of cloud-native applications. Third-party API endpoint services and SaaS API endpoint services stand out as two of the most prevalent threats.
A runtime cloud-native application risk boundary helps prevent users from attacking systems on the other side of that boundary, including:
Other key findings from the Gartner report include:
If for no other reason, we recommend using a CNAPP solution to protect these and other assets. Doing so should also help you address other cloud security challenges, including misconfigurations, regulatory compliance, and complex cloud migrations.
Clearly, CNAPP solutions will play an ongoing role in cloud security. But which one should you choose? Here are some stand-out options worth considering.
Everyone’s use cases differ, but Wiz really does a great job for most organizations that want to embrace CNAPP technology. It has an extremely easy-to-use interface with clear diagrams. It’s agentless, so it doesn’t care what containers, virtual machines, buckets, or databases it encounters.
Wiz also does a great job prioritizing risks so it can nip the worst ones in the bud first. Is a workload balance issue slightly disrupting your app performance while a DDoS attack pummels your website? Wiz knows enough to focus on the DDoS attack first.
Prisma Cloud comes with practically everything you could possibly want to secure your cloud-native applications. That’s because Palo Alto Networks rolled some of its top-performing security tools into Prisma Cloud, including features for:
What do we think Palo Alto Networks could improve on? It might help if it automatically integrated new features. We’ve seen ingestion errors occur because a new feature got rolled out without our knowledge.
Sysdig Secure is a no-brainer when it comes to container security. It also has a ton of features to protect your whole cloud infrastructure and performance. Users love that Sysdig Secure:
Of course, Sysdig Secure isn’t perfect for everyone. It doesn’t have the most user-friendly dashboard, especially for non-technical users. It can also consume a lot of resources, which can stress your on-site and cloud-based networks.
Not sure whether a single-vendor provider can offer the runtime operation, remediation, and optional capabilities your cloud-native apps need? We know it’s a lot of information to analyze, and we’re here to help.
Reach out today so we can talk about your organization’s unique needs. Then, we can help you find a solution that keeps your cloud-native apps as safe as possible.