1. What is cloud workload protection?
Cloud workloads refer to applications, services, or computing capabilities running on cloud resources, including servers, virtual machines, and containers. Cloud Workload Protection is the process of securing workloads across data center and cloud environments through continuous monitoring. Distributed workloads have a larger attack surface, but security efforts cannot interfere with business operations. Cloud workload protection helps ensure workloads and cloud-based applications remain functional while mitigating risk.
2. What are the benefits of cloud workload protection?
- Improved visibility: Cloud workload protection (CWP) offers better visibility into host configurations and workload events so security teams can implement preventive policies and detect and respond to incidents faster with fewer false positives.
- Behavioral monitoring: CWP is more effective when workload events are analyzed with machine learning against normal behavior to alert on or block anomalous activity.
- Broad-reaching protection: CWP provides protection for workloads, microservices, and container environments across all environments, including physical on-premises servers, virtual machines, and the entire cloud-native stack on any cloud.
- CI/CD support: CWP allows development to follow best practices for continuous integration/continuous delivery and maintain performance while ensuring workload security.
3. Why do you need cloud workload protection?
Many cyber criminals target the cloud because it’s difficult to secure. With modern cloud services, application data may pass through multiple microservices, servers, and database clusters distributed across public and private clouds and on-premises machines. With this level of complexity, it’s most effective to protect data at the workload level. Cloud workload protection helps organizations protect workloads in cloud and hybrid environments while allowing application development and business operations to proceed efficiently.