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What is Cloud-Native Security?

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Cloud-based solutions are becoming the norm in the tech industry because of their versatile nature. The modern Cloud-native architecture offers cutting-edge software for deploying enterprise applications at scale while providing enhanced security options. As per Gartner's estimates, by 2025, over 95 percent of new digital workloads will get deployed on Cloud-native platforms.

So what is Cloud-native security, and why is it important?

What is Cloud-Native Security?

Cloud-native security is the process of securing cloud-based applications and services. It includes the use of DevOps practices to secure the application development pipeline and the use of security controls in the cloud environment.

Cloud-native security takes care of the security measures in the application from the start of the development process. Cloud-native security also ensures multiple security layers, continuously monitoring new vulnerabilities and updating the applications through patches.

Cloud-native security utilizes the DevSecOps principle to bake security mechanisms into every development lifecycle phase. By leveraging DevSecOps for enabling secure development, companies can ensure agility and DevOps principle in the software development process while using Cloud infrastructure and services.

Benefits of Cloud-Native Security

By implementing Cloud-native security techniques, developers ensure enhanced security while leveraging the benefits of the Cloud. Benefits for more secure Cloud application development include:

Network security

Deployments through Cloud-native security techniques allow the development team to configure firewall restrictions. It also enables the development team to set up continuous traffic monitoring and logging applications to report, analyze, and predict threats. Through Cloud-native security, developers can figure out which development phase should get a packet filtering firewall and when to implement web application firewalls. These security postures enhance the visibility of security threats and attack vectors.

Data backup and data security

Adopting Cloud-native security techniques and infrastructure allows developers to integrate robust key-based encryption algorithms that can encrypt data at rest and in transit. It helps provide secure communication for end-users and prevents malicious users from intercepting any data streams. Even the data at rest remains encrypted in the Cloud storage. Since Cloud computing comes with an auto-replication feature, a copy of data remains stored in a separate location from where the application can retrieve data in case of loss because of malware attacks.

Automated threat detection through ML

Since Cloud-native security uses DevSecOps principles for application development, it becomes easy to develop an agile methodology while implementing an automated solution through real-time analysis tools and machine learning algorithms. This integration of advanced tools and algorithms leverages the power of Cloud computation to learn and detect threats and defend the application or infrastructure without much human intervention.

Cloud-native security techniques, like cloud-security monitoring and detection, also provide additional security protections via the Cloud infrastructure, suchย as vulnerability assessment and continuous compliance verification.

Conclusion

Security in the cloud is not an add-on; itโ€™s a fundamental part of the design. DevSecOps is changing the perception of Cloud security as security is baked into the code used to deploy cloud solutions. Cloud-native security offers many benefits over traditional security models, including increased agility, automated threat detection, and enhanced data security. When implemented correctly, cloud-native security can help organizations securely leverage the power of the Cloud to accelerate innovation and business transformation.

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