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Year 2021 has been very eventful for Cloud Service Providers (CSP), with skyrocketing cloud adoption rates. As the reliance on cloud services and solutions increases, information and security leaders are faced with the challenges of securing these cloud environments.

We are also witnessing a rising trend of enterprises towards multi cloud deployments. This introduces further complexity to information and cyber security, as each service provider’s cloud infrastructure is built differently.

Support for remote work scenarios, and speedy digitalization are already presenting security leaders with their unique set of challenges. It comes as little surprise that Cloud Security is the fastest growing sub-segment of information security services.

Top Technologies from Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Cloud Security

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Gartner’s 2021 Hype Cycle

Research leader Gartner had recently shortlisted a total of 29 notable technologies that will play an instrumental role in both the delivery and security of cloud solutions as well as services across a wide range of industries.

In this post, we will focus on some of the most notable technologies that have made it to the top, when it comes to cloud security.

Cloud Native App Protection Platforms (CNAPP)

These platforms have made it to Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Cloud Security for the first time in 2021. One reason behind the recent explosive growth in the adoption of cloud solutions is the availability of cloud native applications that can support a lot of use cases.

CNAPPs are integrated security platforms purpose built to secure and protect cloud native applications. These cyber security tools provide protection to enterprises during the development and production phases of cloud native applications.

Being an integrated solution, CNAPPs eliminate the need for maintaining and integrating individual security solutions across cloud native applications. Without CNAPPs, the visibility of risks across the cloud network is hampered.

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SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM)

One of the factors that has tremendously contributed towards the rapid adoption of cloud solutions is Software as a Service (SaaS). On the flip side, the extensive use of SaaS apps and solutions also increases the overall threat surface.

SSPM solutions perform the dual role of both assessing as well as managing the security posture of SaaS based applications. Key roles of SSPM solutions include reporting of existing security settings and also the management of identity permissions.

One of the key advantages of SSPM solutions is their ability to suggest improvements in the existing configurations. Going forward, SSPM solutions could outperform, or even replace cloud access security brokers that cannot detect advanced attacks or misconfigurations.

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Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

As the name suggests, SASE solutions stand to manage the access protocols for cloud solutions. Access parameters for SASE solutions could be based on criteria such as devices, the different end users, or the entity itself.

The most notable advantage of SASE solutions is that they combine the multiple elements of real time context, security and compliance. SASE solutions will be extremely useful for scenarios involving either remote workforces or multiple branch offices.

Even otherwise, the concept of contextually aware cyber security is replacing the legacy concepts of perpetual or supra privileged access rights to critical areas of the enterprise network. SASE solutions will play a key role in implementing modern security protocols.

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These were just some of the emerging technologies that have made it to Gartner’s 2021 Hype Cycle for Cloud Security. Some of the key takeaways from this hype cycle include the prevalence of remote work scenarios and thus, cloud security will have to gear up as well.

Gartner further estimates that by the end of this year, the total quantum of workloads and processes hosted over the public cloud will outnumber private cloud environments. To further catalyze cloud adoption though, enterprises will have to catch up on security.

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