Cloud workloads include the computing, storage, and networking capabilities needed by applications in the cloud. These workloads have unique security requirements that differ from traditional IT systems, and Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPPs) are designed to provide security tailored to the needs of workloads deployed in public, private, or hybrid cloud environments. The objective of a CWPP is to keep the applications secure, by providing security for the application and all of the associated cloud capabilities.
Organizations can only take full advantage of the cloud if they build applications that leverage its full capabilities. A shift-left approach to cloud adoption – where applications designed to run on-premises are simply copied to the cloud – can result in an expensive and low-performing cloud deployment.
As developers leverage cloud workloads as part of DevOps development cycles, applications are built and deployed quickly with little regard for security. At the same time, these applications are often public-facing and deployed over multiple cloud environments, making them difficult to monitor and secure.
CWPP is important because it provides a scalable, low-friction solution for implementing cloud workload protection. CWPP solutions can help to mitigate the impacts of poor security practices during the rapid development cycles common in DevOps.
A Cloud Workload Protection Platform solution discovers workloads that exist within an organization’s cloud-based deployments and on-premises infrastructure. Once these workloads have been discovered, the solution will perform a vulnerability assessment to identify any potentially exploitable security issues with the workload based on defined security policies and known vulnerabilities.
Based on the results of the vulnerability scan, the CWPP solution should provide the option to implement security controls to fix the identified issues. This can include solutions such as implementing allowlists, integrity protection, and similar solutions.
In addition to addressing the security issues identified in vulnerability assessments, Cloud Workload Protection Platform solutions should also provide protection against common security threats to cloud and on-premises workloads. This includes runtime protection, malware detection and remediation, and network segmentation.
As CWPP solutions are designed to meet the security requirements of cloud-based and on-prem workloads, they provide a number of benefits to organizations using them to secure their applications, including:
CWPP and Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) solutions are both designed to improve the cybersecurity of cloud environments. In fact, CSPM is a critical part of CWPP.
A CSPM is designed to address the widespread issue of cloud security misconfigurations. It scans cloud environments for improperly configured security settings or ones that violate corporate security policies or regulatory compliance requirements.
CWPP is designed to provide comprehensive and targeted protection for workloads on-prem or in the cloud. CSPM fits into this because securing the workload means securing the application, and ensuring correct configuration is an essential part of application security.
As organizations increasingly embrace cloud computing, cloud workload security solutions become a vital component of a corporate security strategy. Companies need tools that provide automated, end-to-end protection for their workloads, which simplify the process of achieving and maintaining compliance in the cloud, and also offers complete security from development to runtime.
CloudGuard Workload Protection provides an end-to-end solution for securing an organization’s serverless and containerized cloud native applications. To learn more about CloudGuard Workload Protection’s capabilities, sign up for a free demo of Check Point’s serverless security solutions. You’re also welcome to try it out for yourself with a free trial.