Cloud-Native Security—What is it and Why it Matters

The term “cloud native” is turning up more and more in vendor promotions and news content, as a growing number of organizations devote more resources to the cloud and make it a bigger part of their overall business strategy.

What does cloud native mean? As with many other technology terms, it means different things to different people. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), an open source software foundation that promotes the adoption of cloud-native computing, says 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 application programming interfaces (APIs) exemplify this approach, according to CNCF.

These techniques enable loosely coupled systems that are resilient, manageable, and observable. Combined with robust automation, they allow engineers to make high-impact changes frequently and predictably with minimal toil, the organization says.

For small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) looking to do more with the cloud, leveraging cloud-native solutions is becoming increasingly important.

What is cloud-native security?

Cloud-native security is a natural follow-on to cloud-native technology in general and is becoming more important given the risks of moving vital data to and from cloud services.

Containers are

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