IBM lists the benefits of cloud computing as flexibility, efficiency, and strategic value. This sounds great, right? Well, the short answer is it can be. In this era of data security breaches, cloud native application security is a rising concern and with good reason.

Companies are not sitting complacent, falsely believing their cloud data is secure. They are monitoring and have put in place application and infrastructure security to secure their cloud data. However, the cloud native landscape is constantly evolving, which means the data is always at risk. Sadly, it is too easy nowadays to become the next headline. A constant watchguard must be in place to aid IT teams in their battle.

If you are sitting there not sure what Cloud Native Security is, you’re in the right place. If you are wondering if this can affect you, it can. Keep reading to learn about cloud native and cloud native security.

What is Cloud Native?

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has defined Cloud Native. Cloud native technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, and hybrid clouds. Containers, service meshes, microservices, immutable infrastructure, and declarative APIs exemplify this approach.

Cloud Native Platforms

There are many cloud providers, but three forerunners for cloud computing are Amazon – AWS Cloud; Google Cloud; and Microsoft Azure. Many companies also develop their own cloud environments.

Cloud native applications developers use modern technology and tools. There are many advantages to moving applications to cloud environments, including scalability and cost factors. Yet, cloud security is a concern to many.

What is Cloud Security?

Cloud Security is also known as Cloud Computing Security. It is a broad set of policies, technologies, and controls used in computing environments. This security is deployed to protect data, applications, and the associated infrastructure of cloud computing. It is a sub-domain of computer security, network security, and information security.

Why is cloud native application security important?

It is important because more companies are moving applications into the cloud. Stability and scalability or two of the reasons organizations are moving to cloud computing. Cloud security or lack of it can affect us. Look at recent headlines about Capital One’s recent security breach along with others this year. These breaches tell us that native cloud security needs to be a priority now.


If you have ever wondered what cloud native security is, you’re not alone. With current news headlines featuring security breaches on companies we know and maintain accounts with concerns are rising. Cloud Native Security is a set of specific policies, technologies, and controls set in the cloud itself to govern and protect data stored by cloud providers’ clients.

Cloud provider clients deploy applications in their cloud spaces that they buy from their providers. These applications are then used by their employees or clients. Security issues range from data storage to identity management. It is so important that it made 2020 election campaign headlines following Capital One’s data breach earlier this year.

That alone has many companies scrambling to increase and improve their cloud applications and security. To develop better ways to do this, cloud security companies are meeting to discuss these issues. They also collaborate on how to better handle these growing concerns.

Key Components

Cloud security is only effective when the correct infrastructure and protocols are in place. Some of these include:

  • Deterrent Controls – Reducing cloud vulnerabilities to attacks.
  • Preventative Controls – Strengthening systems against incidents.
  • Detective Controls – Track and react to any incidents that occur.
  • Corrective Controls – Limit possible damage from an incident. An example would be restoring system backups following an incident.

Cloud native in a security context means that security is where vulnerabilities exist – in the cloud. This doesn’t mean it can’t protect enterprise devices in an on-premise environment. It is great news for organizations preparing or planning to move to the cloud. Many organizations are lining up to do that.

Cloud Native Tools

The fact is all systems have vulnerabilities, even cloud-based VMs. Cloud systems protection is different from physical environments but in some ways the same. In a physical environment, your security team will come in after software deployment to install security patches. Cloud environments change much faster and in many containers. Managing this is a bit more complex.

The good news is that this can be automated. Through the use of image scanners, vulnerabilities can be detected and corrected. Gatekeepers can also be used to check if images have issues before they are even deployed.

Cloud Native Application Security Solutions

With new technology comes new problems, but solutions are coming as well. Cloud application developers and security teams are collaborating to improve security, application stability, and protocols.

Companies like Protego are developing best practices for going serverless. Take a look at their Serverless Security Blueprint ebook to help companies transitioning to cloud computing.

Cloud native security doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Reach out to the team at Protego for a security demo. They are ready to answer all your questions and help with your transition to cloud computing.

Cloud Native Events

Cloud native has grown so much that collaborative events are now being held around the world to address the issues facing this community.

Cloud Native Security Summit

Capsule8, Obsidian and Signal Sciences hosted this event on September 24th in San Francisco. This was a by-invitation event that brought together thought leaders from the cloud native community with a focus on cloud native security.

Cloud Native Security Day

Next in line is Linux Security Foundation. They are organizing SIGS Cloud Native Security Day. It is being held on November 18th in San Diego. This is an event where cloud native security providers will come together to discuss and collaborate on issues facing cloud computing. Everything from identity management to storage solutions is on the schedule of events.

If you missed these, there are more popping up all the time. A quick check on Google or a visit to Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s website and you will find more.

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