Taking Your Cloud Security to the Next Level with Kyndryl and CloudWize
This article, written by Ido Vapner, Kyndryl CTO, was first published on Medium.
Cybersecurity attacks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated. Hackers are leveraging machine learning capabilities and using new attack techniques. Most security leaders think that implementing cloud-native security services and third-party security tools will be good enough to keep their organizations secure. However, this is only the first step in preventing and detecting attacks. They should not cross their fingers and hope for the best.
Moreover, if you want to expose potential security vulnerabilities and make sure that your applications and infrastructure are safe and secure, you should understand the attack surface of the cloud environment. You need to make security and compliance assessments on a quarterly or annual basis to ensure that your cloud applications are secure, reliable, and safe.
CloudWize.io is the first cloud security center of excellence. It has everything the customer needs for 360 security and compliance, including vulnerability scanning, clear attack surface with context, business cost effect, and even web application penetration testing.
In the screenshot, you can see the security compliance dashboard, the compliance gaps, recent cloud components detection, most affected, and compliance overview.
Get an end-to-end view of security vulnerabilities
Many tools offer bits and pieces and you have to assemble those pieces to get a full view. But like a puzzle, you can miss some pieces or put them in the wrong way, which can result in an unfinished view or a misleading one. With cloud security assessment you can see the whole picture in one place. Not only you can see the attack surface, but you can also see how the resources are connected to each other and make informed decisions without feeling like there’s something you might be missing.
The web app pentest gives you another side of your security vulnerabilities and completes the picture. It simulates attacks but in a non-intrusive way (It’s an agentless solution).
The penetration testing they support:
Black Box simulates the average attacker’s activities, without knowing anything about the applications, infrastructure, and architecture. The main purpose of this testing is to identify the vulnerabilities the application has that could be exploitable.
Why Penetration Testing and Security Assessment are valuable?
- Testing your application for security vulnerabilities and security breach
Testing new applications and new features are essential for every product company. If you plan to offer your customers a stable, reliable, and robust application, you should scan your application for security vulnerabilities and run penetration testing twice a year to ensure compliance.
- Security Compliance
A penetration test is required by SOC2, PCI-DSS, HIPPA, and other regulations and compliances every year to ensure your applications are secure and to identify weaknesses in data security.
- Applications Security Posture
Top leadership must understand if they need to take action or implement additional security components to increase the level of security. Cyber security decreases significantly if your application security posture is watched and in control.
- Building Secure, Robust, and Reliable Cloud Applications
Penetration testing reports can lead engineering to develop applications that are much more secure and reliable. For example, it could show if a software developer stored secrets in the wrong place like in the repository or Kubernetes. Additionally, engineering should develop fixes and patches based on the penetration testing report.
An example of a penetration testing report can be seen in the screenshot below. The report provides information on the vulnerability, the severity, and even evidence of the vulnerability.
In the screenshot below, you can see the severity of all your vulnerabilities so the security leaders can make decisions based on priority and severity, what to tackle first. It is called risk management, and its leads to improving the security posture.
There is more too, when you modernize your applications and migrate them to the cloud service providers such as AWS and Google Cloud, you need a cloud security center of excellence, and this is what CloudWize platform is all about.
The CloudWize platform provides End2End protection in your cloud environment. You can scan for vulnerabilities, control all your cloud services, secure your continuous integration build pipelines, configuration management, and a powerful network analyzer.
In the screenshot below you can see the Kubernetes cluster and the cloud-native services.
If you are looking to increase your security posture, increase software reliability, and build robust microservices applications, you should perform a POC with CloudWize platform.
Many companies are struggling with cloud adoption, especially with cloud security, even the largest and most successful organizations. Having the right security platform that can provide penetration testing and security assessment could easily increase the success rate of your cloud adoption. You don’t need to look for another company to perform penetration testing in your environment, you can do it by yourself in just a few clicks, and you can generate a penetration testing report. Find out your cloud vulnerabilities with an agentless, no-code solution.
Written by Ido Vapner, CTO and Head of Startups at Kyndryl (A spin-off of IBM)
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