CNAPP Delivers True Security and Compliance Simplicity

Networking and Security

A cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) reduces security tool sprawl and complexity for better visibility and protection across the full application lifecycle.

The cost of a data security breach rose 2.3% between 2022 and 2023 to a record global average of $4.45 million, according to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2023. The report also found that 82% of data breaches occurred in the cloud.

As cloud-native applications have become clear drivers of business success and seamless operations, companies have shifted larger workload volumes to the cloud — and protecting them has become mission-critical.

But in the rush to adopt solutions and tools designed to close hybrid-cloud vulnerabilities, many companies have also increased security complexity — which ironically can introduce new risks and challenges, such as:

  • Gaps in application visibility and security blind spots
  • Data point overload from multiple tools and alert fatigue
  • Difficulty correlating data and quickly determining the highest-priority issues
  • Manual processes and higher operational overhead
  • Lack of comprehensive training and expertise across tools

Enter cloud-native application protection platforms (CNAPPs), which are purpose-built to reduce this complexity and empower organizations to protect cloud-native applications throughout their full lifecycle.

What Is CNAPP?

According to Gartner, a CNAPP is “a unified and tightly integrated set of security and compliance capabilities designed to secure and protect cloud-native applications across development and production.”

Essentially, CNAPPs address the spiraling complexity and growing sprawl of security tools by consolidating key capabilities into one platform. With a single-pane view of security data from multiple tools, security teams benefit from actionable visibility, automated actions, and prioritized tasks. CNAPPs are powerful, one-stop platforms for:

  • Cloud security posture management (CSPM)
  • Infrastructure as code (IaC) security
  • Multicloud compliance and governance
  • Cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM)
  • Identity and access management (IAM)
  • Cloud workload protection platforms (CWPP)

Protect Today’s More Complex Multicloud Cloud Environments

Today’s cloud-native application environments and CI/CD pipelines are fast-changing and highly complex, incorporating leading-edge technologies and capabilities such as Kubernetes, IaC, containers, serverless functions, and more. Legacy security technologies, designed for on-premises data centers and endpoints, can’t keep up with the rapid pace of development, the complex interdependencies within these application environments, and distributed endpoints.

Staying ahead of security and compliance issues without adding friction or slowing CI/CD pipelines requires modern, consolidated tools that spot security issues earlier in development, accelerate response times, and provide continuous security monitoring, alerts, and response prioritizations.

Unified Security Capabilities for Enhanced Application Protection

CNAPPs give security teams data insights from a wide range of sources that incorporate rich context. A single-pane view allows team members to more quickly identify an organization’s biggest security risks and prioritize responses.

The key benefits and capabilities to look for in a CNAPP include:

  • Secure Multicloud Infrastructures. Discover all apps, APIs, cloud resources, identities, and sensitive data. Gain complete visibility of compliant and noncompliant resources across AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, and prioritize them for remediation based on risk.
  • Secure Production Environments. Move security earlier in the development process (i.e., “shift left”). Empower your DevOps professionals to detect threats and vulnerabilities sooner, and fix them faster, to ensure applications and data are compliant.
  • Secure Workloads. More easily detect and manage vulnerabilities and security misconfigurations, as well as perform network-based behavioral monitoring, policy enforcement, and identity-based cloud workload segmentation.
  • Continuous Governance and Compliance. Minimize audit fatigue with automated security controls for continuous compliance and governance of data, configurations, and permissions.
  • Better Team Collaboration. Incorporate common workflows, data correlation, meaningful insights, and remediation to reduce friction and foster team collaboration between DevSecOps, DevOps, and cloud security operations.

Explore CNAPP With EchoStor

EchoStor is a leading technology integrator in the cloud and security space. We specialize in providing industry-leading consulting in securing private and public cloud environments. Our team of experts help plan, design, and implement CNAPP solutions that achieve the security simplicity your organization has been looking for.

EchoStor provides:

  • CNAPP proofs-of-concept and solution comparison research
  • Expert pre-sales design and consulting
  • High-touch delivery, with post-sale support and project management
  • Dedicated cloud and security teams

Ready to hurdle past complexity and achieve greater security and compliance confidence? Contact EchoStor to learn more today.

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Dan Phoenix

Practice Lead, Networking & Security