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More and more businesses are moving to cloud computing, to take advantage of increased operational efficiency and improved cost management.
Which is great on all accounts.
But, this also brings to light a number of security risks that companies then need to manage, so they aren’t left vulnerable to cybersecurity risks that could DESTROY their organization.
The security aspect needs to work hand-in-hand with your cloud software choices, so today, we’re going to run through some of the best cloud security solutions and partners that you can leverage in 2021, to give your business the coverage that it needs.
These are in no particular order, but they should give you a sense of the cloud security landscape and you can go with the solutions that work best for your specific business.
Our top recommendations:
Trend Micro stands out from the rest because of its compatibility with both cloud-first integrations as well as on-premises deployments.
This way, you can have every part of your business covered with one tool that does sophisticated workload, storage, and network security.
This agnostic approach is incredibly valuable when you’ve got a disparate IT security setup and you want to have full visibility, without having to plug together a range of different tools that might not work perfectly together.
It’s the all-in-one solution.
In addition, they also have great virtual patching which is very useful when a vulnerability has been identified.
VMWare has joined forces with CloudHealth to provide a far-reaching security system that helps with governance features, cloud security, and regulatory compliance.
The platform offers a range of components that you can mix and match to suit your particular company setup.
Of particular interest is the multi-cloud security posture management that focuses on configuration security, and the cloud governance features that make sure that everything is running as expected in real time, drawing attention whenever something seems fishy.
What sets VMWare apart though is the efficiency with which they can provide actionable insights into cloud risks.
They are exceptionally good at monitoring the connections between cloud objects and services, where typically a lot of these risks live.
By taking care of these potential cracks, you gain a lot of robustness for the rest of the organization.
CloudPassage offers a platform called Halo which is a powerful cloud workflow monitoring tool for organizations of any size.
With this tool, you’ll get access to automated security visibility and compliance monitoring for your workloads, giving you a holistic view of everything that’s happening in your cloud operations.
This includes file integrity management, software vulnerability assessments, and log-based intrusion detection.
This is worth its weight in gold because it runs in the background and uses automated processes to identify anything that does not fall within the defined policies.
When it brings one of those to your attention, you can take proactive action and get ahead of a problem before it gets away from you.
Palo Alto Networks
The cloud security offering from Palo Alto Networks shines because of how comprehensive it is and how neatly it fits into cloud-first architectures.
They’ve been able to pull this off thanks to a number of key acquisitions in the past, the components of which have been pulled into their larger platform.
As a result, you end up with container and cloud workload policy management, threat detection and control, vulnerability management, runtime protection, and much more.
It’s a full suite of tools that gives you exceptional visibility across all your cloud activities – giving you everything you need to ensure world class security without compromising on those cloud-native features that your business relies on.
Lacework is another great workload security tool that monitors your cloud compliance throughout the organization – but this one stands out because of its sophisticated visualization tools.
The feature that everyone raves about is called ‘Polygraph’ which creates vivid visual representations of all the various relationships between account roles, workloads, and APIs, across functions.
This serves to create better context for widespread security management and can be used by team members who aren’t technical wizards.
This differentiating feature is a big win for some companies, but don’t be fooled – it also provides powerful intrusion detection, cloud monitoring, and much more.
This is a great option for those who like the visual feedback.
Tenable has been around for a long time now. But don’t go thinking their product is behind the times. Far from it.
That experience has leant itself to developing strong vulnerability management tools that give great visibility into any risks within your organization, especially when it comes to the assets that are a part of your network.
The tool can also help with identifying potential misconfigurations that can wreak havoc with your systems if they’re not taken care of.
It essentially gives you a bird’s eye view of your entire cloud-based architecture – allowing you to make smarter business decisions that are aligned with your defined security policies.
It would be unfair of us to recommend any one of these solutions over another, as we genuinely feel these are THE best cloud security solutions and partners that you can leverage to give your organization a leg up.
The decision to choose any one of these platforms as your cloud security solution will ultimately come down to your business needs, and the functionality you require.
But, no matter which option you choose, any of the partners in this list will serve your business with a robust, comprehensive security framework that keeps your your business well protected.
Here at Continuous Networks we’ve helped numerous clients select the best cloud security tools, install them effectively, and manage their functionality all in service of their long-term security objectives.
If you’d like some assistance in this regard, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We serve a range of industries, company sizes, and complexities – and are confident that we can help you leverage the best tools for your situation.
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