Tigera launches platform to help cloud-native organizations reduce their attack surface

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Tigera has launched a paid Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) called Calico Cloud, based on the open source Calico container networking and security solution.

The solution uses zero-trust principles to reduce organizations’ cloud attack surface while leveraging machine learning to detect known and unknown threats in multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environments.

This gives enterprises and decision-makers a solution they can use to secure cloud-native applications with image assurance, configuration management, and defense against runtime threats – which have always remained difficult to protect.

The cloud-native security challenge

Tigera’s announcement comes as more and more organizations are moving to the cloud to allow employees to work from home, a trend that has rapidly accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. .

According to Gartner, in 2022, more than $1.3 trillion in enterprise IT spending is at stake from moving to the cloud and will reach approximately $1.8 trillion in 2025. As this cloud investment grows, the The need for cloud-native security solutions is growing rapidly, with a wave of new CNAPP platforms entering the market.

“Today, any security company is a CNAPP company. Yet the challenges of securing cloud-native applications remain unresolved. In a recent cloud-native application security survey by Snyk, nearly 60% said they had increased security concerns since adopting cloud-native applications,” said Ratan Tiperneni, President and CEO of Tigera.

“As CNAPPS improves in detecting vulnerabilities and zero-day threats, security teams are under increasing pressure to mitigate exposure risks and resolve issues,” he said.

“The Tigera CNAPP, Calico Cloud, takes an active approach to security by bringing zero-trust principles to reduce the attack surface of the application, leveraging machine learning to combat runtime security risks known and zero-day threats, enabling continuous compliance, prioritizing and mitigating the risk of vulnerabilities and attacks through security policy changes.”

Use open source to stand a step above

Calico Cloud is now one of many CNAPP vendors competing in the growing cloud security market, valued at $40.8 billion in 2021 and expected to reach $77.5 billion by 2026, as cybersecurity threats become more complex and increase the demand for cloud security services and solutions. sellers.

The market is fiercely competitive, with one of the organization’s main competitors being Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Cloud 3.0, a CNAPP solution that provides agentless and agent-based security.

The solution has a customer base of 77% of the Fortune 100 and reported 1,676 Prisma cloud customers last year, with analysts expecting total revenue to reach between $5.35 billion and $5.40 billion. in 2022.

Another competitor, Aqua Security, recently extended its CNAPP to continuously discover cloud-native assets, provides proactive workload scanning searches for vulnerabilities, and offers compound risk analysis of threats in the environment. , while hitting a $1 billion valuation last year.

However, Tiperneni suggests that Tigera’s secret weapon in the CNAPP arms race is its history with Open Source Calico, which already powers over 100 million containers and half a million clusters on 2 million nodes in 166 countries. .

“A big part of Zero Trust has to be built on a solid foundation of networking, where we are an industry leader. We’ve leveraged that, and the lessons learned over the years, as a foundation to build our capabilities. This, combined with the expansion of our already impressive threat detection and mitigation capabilities, has led to the most comprehensive active CNAPP in the industry with full observability for containers, Kubernetes and cloud,” said he declared.

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