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World-leading cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks has announced an evolution in the world of cloud security, in line with an increased reliance on cloud applications and technology.
According to Gartner, by 2027, sixty-five per cent of application workloads will be ready or optimised for cloud delivery, a large jump from 45 per cent in 2022.
On top of this, as much as the cloud can streamline work, it also creates major security risks, with Palo Alto’s Unit42 threat intelligence team finding that four out of five (80 per cent) of security risks are found within cloud environments.
Already, we have seen flaws in cloud environments raise concerns of data loss, such as a bug in Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform that threatened to leave passwords exposed.
“Adapting to the evolving landscape of cloud security is increasingly intricate, especially in the public sector,” said the regional vice-president for ASEAN at Palo Alto Networks, Steven Scheurmann.
“According to our recent State of Cybersecurity ASEAN 2023 report, 38 per cent of organisations in the public sector across ASEAN are experiencing increasing risks through cloud-based services.
“Overall, 54 per cent of organisations in this sector have experienced an increase in disruptive cyber security incidents in the past year.”
In what it calls a “Darwin moment”, Palo Alto Networks has evolved its cloud-native application protection platform, Prisma Cloud, to feature its new code-to-cloud intelligence.
The new technology provides businesses with new streamlined capabilities that grant a more holistic approach to cloud security, allowing organisations’ security teams to quickly address the most major security risks in “minutes rather than days”.
A major issue with current approaches to code-to-cloud security is that security teams are expected to use a large variety of tools that, while all serve a purpose, can make maintaining security difficult and complicated.
The addition of its new code-to-cloud intelligence to Prisma Cloud makes it the most complete cloud-native application protection platform, offering users a single place to connect developer environment insights to security teams, effectively preventing risk and stopping breaches while making the end-user experience cleaner and more streamlined.
“The only way to secure applications from code to cloud is by fending off risk from entering the development pipeline and preventing breaches of applications in production,” said Prisma Cloud senior vice-president Ankur Shah.
“This can only be achieved through an intelligent CNAPP platform like Prisma Cloud that gathers intelligence throughout the application life cycle so security teams can precisely trace vulnerabilities and misconfigurations back to their origin in the source code.
“Prisma Cloud’s Darwin release simplifies cloud security and improves productivity and collaboration across code, infrastructure, and runtime security.”
For more information on Palo Alto Networks and Prisma Cloud, head to the company’s website.
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