Secure Your

Cloud Native Applications

with Posture Control

Reimagine cloud native application security with a 100% agentless solution built to identify hidden risks across the cloud life cycle caused by a combination of misconfigurations, threats, and vulnerabilities

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WHAT WE DO

Prioritize and remediate risks in cloud apps as early as possible in the development life cycle

Today’s development and DevOps teams work across many IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS offerings in addition to leveraging microservices and serverless architectures. Yesterday’s siloed on-premises security solutions can’t scale fast enough to secure mission-critical cloud applications anymore.

Posture Control™ is a cloud native application protection platform (CNAPP) that takes a radically new approach to cloud native application security with a 100% agentless solution that correlates across multiple security engines to prioritize hidden risks caused by misconfigurations, threats, and vulnerabilities across the entire cloud stack, reducing cost, complexity, and cross-team friction.

Posture Control is part of Zscaler for Workloads, a comprehensive cloud security solution for any application running on any service in any cloud.

What is a cloud native application protection platform (CNAPP)?

“Optimal security of cloud native applications requires an integrated approach that starts in development and extends to runtime protection. SRM leaders should evaluate emerging cloud native application protection platforms that provide a complete life cycle approach for security.”

Gartner Innovation Insight for Cloud Native Application Protection Platforms

Neil MacDonald, Charlie Winckless, 25 August 2021

Today’s key challenges

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Complex architectures and configurations

Many modern application technologies, such as containers and serverless functions, are highly complex and diverse, and they pose a bigger security challenge in a multicloud environment. 

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Siloed visibility

Attackers typically exploit several weaknesses when breaching an organization. Siloed security policies from point products yield thousands of isolated alerts without truly helping the organization understand and prioritize cloud risk.

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Attack surface expansion

The rapid deployment cycle—using multicloud infrastructure and services, open source, cloud applications, complex supply chains, and more—has created the massive attack surfaces we see today. This challenges security leaders to identify and remediate weaknesses before they’re exploited. 

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Increased pace of application development and deployment

With automated cloud provisioning, security teams have little control over infrastructure changes that developers and DevOps teams make. Meanwhile, automation means security issues quickly and widely proliferate across a development environment. Waiting for deployment before flagging risks wasting time and resources on remediation.

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Agent installation is often a barrier

Many cloud security solutions rely on agents to scan and protect workloads, but agents can’t be installed on many cloud native services, and development teams often push back on adding agents to even traditional VM workloads. 

Posture Control for cloud native applications

We built our unified, high-performance cloud native platform from the ground up to prioritize infrastructure and application security risks in distributed clouds and across the development and DevOps life cycles.

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Secure configurations

Maintain comprehensive CSPM controls across cloud infrastructure, resources, data, and identities. 

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Secure entitlements 

Secure human and machine identities while enforcing least-privileged access.

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Secure infrastructure as code 

Shift security left with the developer and DevOps workflows to fix vulnerabilities and compliance issues.

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Secure data 

Secure confidential data across multiple cloud repositories while maintaining visibility, control, and compliance.

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Secure workloads and applications

Leverage zero trust to agentlessly secure hosts, containers (e.g., Kubernetes) and serverless functions across the full app life cycle.

How does Zscaler secure your cloud native environment?

Go beyond basic cloud security and point products that provide a fragmented view of cloud security posture with the integrated Posture Control. Check out some key Posture Control use cases.

DISCOVER

Assess cloud asset inventory and configuration

  • Gain full-scope, integrated visibility of assets, sensitive data, configurations, and access, including context, to understand relationships between assets from a single interface
  • Tag, search, investigate, and configure rules for critical assets, and generate reports for audit purposes
  • Receive complete asset histories, including asset creation, deletion, access, modification, and update events 
  • Choose assets you want to include in, or exclude from, security policy evaluation
  • Embed risk assessment capabilities into DevOps workflows

PRIORITIZE

Focus on what matters—identify, correlate, and prioritize risk drivers

  • Reduce noise and leverage the latest cybersecurity intelligence, advanced threat correlation, intelligent risk scoring, and ML to secure your most vulnerable cloud resources
  • Discover misconfigurations, excessive permissions, publicly exposed resources, threats, and vulnerable workloads

COMPLY

Streamline compliance audits

  • Leverage prebuilt, granular security policies and compliance libraries of common standards or best practices, such as CIS Foundations Benchmarks, PCI DSS, NIST 800-53, and more
  • Benchmark all cloud resources against security best practices by following built-in and custom policies for configuration errors and vulnerability management

OPTIMIZE

Accelerate, respond, and rapidly remediate to minimize the attack surface

  • Enable fast and effective remediation by providing rich context and actionable information
  • Leverage step-by-step, expert-guided remediation for common misconfigurations to ensure continuous compliance
  • Reduce the attack surface by remediating critical issues 
  • Enforce automated guardrails for identities, resources, and configuration to manage configuration drift
  • Shift security left to proactively identify and resolve violations

INTEGRATE

Deliver secure, frictionless experiences

  • Enable efficient and effective risk and compliance management with automation
  • Integrate seamlessly with IDE platforms (e.g., VS Code) and DevOps tools (e.g., GitHub, GitLab, Jenkins)
  • Streamline remediation workflows by sending vulnerability and remediation information via ticketing tools and other services (e.g., ServiceNow, Splunk, and Jira)
  • Integrate with SIEM solutions for more in-depth analysis
  • Enhance cross-functional team collaboration and reduce alert fatigue by connecting cloud native security, compliance, and DevOps in a single platform

CONSOLIDATE

Do more with less—modernize your security stack and reduce costs and complexity

 

  • Replace multiple point products with a unified security platform that includes: 
    • Cloud security posture management (CSPM)
    • Cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM)
    • Infrastructure as code security
    • Data protection and data loss prevention (DLP)
    • Vulnerability scanning
    • A cloud workload protection platform (CWPP)
  • Reduce your operational burden and the cost of managing multiple point solutions while improving visibility and control

Why Posture Control?

Unleash your developers’ productivity and the full potential of the public cloud with Posture Control from Zscaler. Use it to create an agile, secure cloud infrastructure that accelerates business innovation and reduces complexity, friction, and overhead without compromising protection.

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Agentless deployment in minutes

Reap the benefits of API-based, agentless multicloud security for workloads and data. Simply connect cloud accounts to Posture Control for immediate onboarding of a new set of cloud accounts and complete monitoring.

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Reduce cost and complexity

Replace multiple point solutions with a unified platform that analyzes millions of attributes to identify the critical issues your team should focus on first. 

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Understand your complete cloud estate and risk

Extend 360-degree visibility into your entire multicloud footprint—including IaaS and PaaS—across VMs, containers, serverless workloads, and dev environments through integration with popular IDEs and DevOps tools.

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Improve SOC efficiency with actionable intelligence

Discover advanced threats and hidden attack vectors by correlating suspicious activities that exploit potential flaws, configuration errors, and vulnerabilities.  

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Leverage simple enterprise integration

Easily integrate with popular DevOps tools and existing SecOps ecosystems (e.g., ServiceNow, JIRA, Splunk) to foster effective collaboration and reduce incident response times.

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Maintain continuous compliance

Automatically map cloud app security posture to major industry and regulatory frameworks (e.g., CIS, NIST, HIPAA, PCI DSS) to provide automated, continuous reporting of cloud compliance.

Posture Control: A complete platform for all

CISOs

CIOs/CISOs

Quantify, assess, and reduce risk to balance innovation, operations, and security. Easily convey the impact of security programs to your exec team with comprehensive reports. Empower your teams to collaborate and bridge skill gaps while reducing overhead.

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Heads of Infrastructure

Get complete visibility and control over cloud infrastructure with continuous security and risk assessment. Focus and prioritize critical risks with the right context.

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Heads of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)

Enforce compliance with a prebuilt standard framework or  any custom framework. Automate reporting for technical compliance audits.

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Cloud Architects

Enforce consistent security policy from a single console. Manage misconfigurations and vulnerabilities, achieve compliance and secure critical applications.

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SOC Managers

Investigate incidents and uncover potential security hazards with risk correlation, analytics, ML, and automation. Automate common security tasks, improve operational effectiveness, and free up resources. 

DevSecOps

DevOps/App Security/DevSecOps

Gain complete visibility and control over your security posture early in the development life cycle to minimize costly rework and reduce post-deployment risk.

Technology integration and supported platforms

Posture Control integrates with leading cloud providers and DevOps/operations tools that provide visibility, automation, intelligence, and service management.

Integration with popular cloud providers

Posture Control integrates with major public cloud services to offer stronger security, faster deployment, and a reduced attack surface.

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google Cloud (GCP)

Integration with popular development and DevOps tools

Posture Control integrates with popular DevOps tools to provide visibility and allow developers to identify and remediate issues in their existing environments. Supported tools include:

Code repositories

  • GitHub
  • GitLab

CI/CD tools

  • GitHub Actions
  • Jenkins

CLI scanners

  • Visual Studio
  • Windows, macOS, and Linux

IaC templates 

  • AWS CloudFormation (JSON, YAML)
  • Helm
  • Kubernetes
  • Terraform

Alerting and notifications

Posture Control integrates with the SecOps ecosystem to provide real-time security alerts and enhance cross-team collaboration for quick and effective remediation. Supported platforms include: 

  • Splunk
  • ServiceNow
  • JIRA

Posture Control

Features

Cloud security posture management (CSPM)
Configuration management database (CMDB)
Cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM) 
Compliance and governance 
Threat and risk correlation
Infrastructure as code (IaC) security 
Vulnerability scanning

Essentials

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Features

Cloud security posture management (CSPM)

Essentials:
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Configuration management database (CMDB)

Essentials:
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Cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM)

Essentials:
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Compliance and governance

Essentials:
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Threat and risk correlation

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Infrastructure as code (IaC) security

Essentials:
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Vulnerability scanning

Essentials:
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Advanced:
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Learn more about Posture Control for cloud native applications

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Explore Posture Control

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Watch Posture Control in action

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Choose the partner for your journey

Work with our experts to find out how Posture Control  can solve your security needs

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