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Running Modern Applications Requires Comprehensive Security, Even At Your Cloud Infrastructure Level

Businesses are running everything via applications these days and are supporting this strategy by undergoing digital transformation and modernizing them to run in the cloud. From a security standpoint, this shift to cloud native apps means an increased threat surface and the need for coordinated protection at not just the application level, but the cloud infrastructure they run on to keep your data and users safe.

Coping with Added Complexity

Security is made more challenging by the complex, distributed, and ephemeral nature of modern apps. Cloud native apps are delivered as microservices in containers, enabling rapid delivery of new features through the continuous development /continuous integration (CD/CI) pipeline. They can also run on virtualized compute and storage that make infrastructure more flexible, scalable, and easier to create.

Cloud native infrastructure opens the backdoor to both internal and external threats by introducing these new layers of technology that could be misconfigured or have vulnerabilities. In addition, it’s often accessible to attackers through the public Internet.

Monitoring Both Apps and Infrastructure

To secure modern applications, IT needs to take a comprehensive view of security that covers all sides of the house—from applications at runtime to the supporting cloud infrastructure. For application-level security, tools like Web Application Firewall (WAF) and API Protection (WAAP) can give you a good start by guarding against client-side attacks like third-party JavaScript malware or Magecart attacks.

However, applications and their connecting APIs are only as secure as the infrastructure they are built, deployed, and operate on. Vulnerabilities and misconfigurations at the infrastructure level leave applications open to attack from both internal and external bad actors. These intruders leverage vulnerabilities in cloud services or stolen keys to get access to cloud-native resources, where they can move freely throughout the infrastructure, inject malware, run cryptominers, or access sensitive data.

The Role of the Application Infrastructure Security Platform

Securing cloud-native infrastructure requires a solution built to observe and detect threats to those workloads. A high-efficacy Application Infrastructure Security platform like Threat Stack can provide that observability—from the cloud management console, hosts, and containers to orchestration with Kubernetes. When leveraging a tool like Threat Stack, you also get the support needed to take targeted action quickly and proactively to remediate threats.

Building Blocks for Cloud-Native Application Protection

Combining a WAF with a CWPP puts two important building blocks in place for cloud native application protection. When leveraging both together, security teams can have a comprehensive view of all threats on both the applications and the infrastructure they run on. You could even have the solution deliver insights to take action in the WAF or WAAP to find and remediate threats quickly.

A unified view across your applications and infrastructure is key not just to heading off threats, but to streamlining operations so that you can take the burden off your security teams and focus more resources on your highest business priorities. With the F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP and Threat Stack, we’re positioned to provide that comprehensive security that your modern applications require.

To learn more about our cloud solutions or talk about how security fits in your broader cloud strategy, contact us today. Whatever point you’ve reached in your cloud journey, we have the tools, experience and proven expertise to keep all sides of your cloud environment secure.