Applications and services in the cloud are dynamic by design, scaling automatically, and evolving rapidly as the business, its products and its customers change. The velocity and volume of application deployments in the cloud are overwhelming for security teams using manual processes. As organizations attempt to manually translate security requirements into controls in the cloud, they’re finding these efforts to be far too labor intensive, tedious, and error-prone to be effective or practical. The result is errors and misconfigurations that can lead to security gaps and vulnerabilities — which in turn, increase the risk of a breach or public exposure of sensitive data. 

Automation addresses many of the challenges that enterprises face today as they move to the cloud: the shortage of cybersecurity skills, overworked security staff, error-prone manual processes, lack of consistent policies and tools across multi-cloud environments, and limited resources to apply and enforce security controls in a DevOps-driven, rapid development-and-deployment cycle. The brief highlights a three-phased approach to automating security across multi-cloud environments. Through this phased approach, your organization can maximize your security investments, achieve a faster time-to-value and improve your overall security posture in the cloud.