The cloud was already a big topic before the pandemic started and pushed organizations to adopt the cloud more quickly than originally planned. But the pandemic has pushed many organizations to deploy and update applications sooner than expected to support the increased number of employees working from home.
For some organizations, this has meant reducing the cycles of testing that would normally occur during development, meaning that it’s even more likely now that applications are in production with vulnerabilities. Which makes it more important than ever to protect internet facing applications that are running in production.
If the COVID-19 pandemic has your organization moving up the timetables to getting your applications to the cloud, it is important that security is not left behind. While hosting providers like AWS, Azure and others will tell you their platforms are secure, that security refers to their infrastructure, and does not extend to your applications running on their infrastructure.
The most effective security for applications running in the cloud is security that monitors every action taken by the application, one that runs on the same server as the application. The security platform needs to monitor the application during run-time, and offer protection for new sophisticated zero day attacks including memory based attacks, along with protection against the OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities.
K2 Cyber Security can help organizations moving to the cloud by providing deterministic runtime application security that detects zero day attacks, along with well-known attacks. K2 issues alerts based on severity and includes actionable alerts that provide complete visibility to the attacks and the vulnerabilities that the attacks are targeting including the location of the vulnerability within the application, providing details like file name and line of code where the vulnerability exists. K2 works with deployments in leading cloud provider environments to support almost all application environments.
Rather than rely on technologies like signatures, heuristics, fuzzy logic, machine learning or AI, K2 uses a deterministic approach to detect true zero-day attacks, without being limited to detecting attacks based on prior attack knowledge. Deterministic security uses application execution validation, and verifies the API calls are functioning the way the code intended. There is no use of any prior knowledge about an attack or the underlying vulnerability, which gives our approach the true ability to detect new zero-day attacks. Our technology has 8 patents granted/pending, and has minimal false alerts.
Get more out of your application security testing and change how you protect your applications, and check out K2’s application workload security solution.