Big gains towards IT team's efficiency, says Runecast

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Maximum efficiency of teams is one of the best solutions for IT skills shortages. Runecast solves CISO and CIO pain points by enabling their Security and Operations teams to ‘do more with less’ via automated audits for almost a dozen of the most common security standards, as well as vendor security hardening guidelines, best practices and vulnerabilities (e.g. VMSAs, CVEs, KEVs). Teams are able to stop firefighting and see – proactively – any configuration drift and vulnerabilities (listed by criticality levels). This helps to offset staff shortages and shifts teams away from reactive approaches that hinder the ability to focus on business growth drivers.

Designed to operate fully on-premises, Runecast can analyze both on-prem and hybrid cloud environments. It functions fully offline (with offline-capable weekly updates) – so that no sensitive data ever needs to leave the organization’s control (e.g. for external support requests). Runecast is designed to require no learning curve and enables teams to proactively address issues before they devolve into inefficiencies, downtime or potential data breaches.

“As CISOs face increasing challenges in the areas of staffing shortages – combined with increasingly complex hybrid IT environments obscuring the transparency of their security posture – there is a move toward greater consolidation of solutions and vendors for organizations’ security needs across hybrid and multi cloud environments,” said Markus Strauss, Head of Product Management at Runecast. “Our customers report 75-90% time savings in the areas of troubleshooting and upgrade planning, and these savings enable them to focus instead on new projects.”

Runecast recently announced additional gains made in the Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) and IT Operations Management (ITOM) spaces and will present the latest features at Digital Transformation Expo (DTX) Europe. You can meet Runecast, together with other industry leaders, during 12-13 October 2022 in London at Europe's #1 digital transformation event. The Runecast team is looking forward to meeting you in person at booth A54

If you aren’t able to attend DTX in London, check out all the in person events Runecast will be at this year.

New trend: adoption of CNAPP for securing the cloud

Organizations in need of complete visibility for complex hybrid or multi cloud environments need the ability to consolidate various tool sets where possible and a solution that requires no learning curve (due to prevalent staffing shortages) to help ensure security compliance across the estate.

CNAPP combines the categories Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP), providing both the proactive monitoring element of CSPM and the protection aspect of CWPP.

It is important for organizations to choose a platform that meets specific needs, which in terms of multi and hybrid cloud environments typically means coverage of multiple vendors and locations visible through a single vendor or a single-platform view. This holistic view enables organizations to effectively secure and protect cloud-native applications and remove silos between the large number of tools that an organization might be using to cover all aspects of its infrastructure.

On CNAPP adoption, Mr. Strauss stated, “CNAPP adoption is largely driven by DevOps and DevSecOps teams looking for ways to secure their cloud workloads natively in the cloud, while IT Procurement teams are using it as a catalyst for consolidating spend and opting for the ease of single-vendor purchasing.”

No surprise: Runecast is a leader in the CNAPP space

Runecast has ranked as a ‘High Performer’ in both the Spring and Summer 2022 G2 Grid® Reports for the categories Security Risk Analysis, Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPP), Vulnerability Scanner, Cloud Compliance and Cloud Security.

Runecast provides organizations a proactive approach to security compliance, business continuity and operational resilience – whether on-premises, hybrid multi cloud, containers or OS – providing automated compliance auditing, best practice checks, configuration drift management, vulnerability assessment/management, remediation and reporting for multiple technologies almost entirely agent-less.

For VMware, Runecast continuously scans configuration and logs against known issues, security standards, the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), VMware Best Practices, Best Practices for Pure Storage and SAP HANA on vSphere, and for vSphere on Nutanix – to help stabilize and secure your VMware infrastructure. VMSAs/CVEs display on the main dashboard to make vulnerability management simple.

"IT teams are aiming to consolidate into a single platform that evolves along with their needs," said Mr. Strauss. "To provide the means of future-proofing their environments, Runecast integrates cross-technology insights – for AWS, Azure, GCP, Kubernetes, VMware, Windows and Linux – into a single platform."

For Kubernetes, Runecast has expanded support to allow teams greater visibility into the nodes running on the Kubernetes cluster and greatly increasing the amount of vulnerabilities that customers are able to discover.

Customers can now check for vulnerabilities in all container images deployed across their environment. Image scanning is available for images that have already been deployed, but also as part of the DevOps deployment process (CI/CD pipeline). This allows customers to shift image security to the development process (shift left) to allow for secure development and deployment of container images, in addition to being able to scan images for vulnerabilities that are already deployed.

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Jason Mashak

Jason is responsible for public relations and building relationships with analysts. Before Runecast, he helped to grow Avira and Avast into globally recognized leaders in the security industry. Prior to that, he was an editor with IDC and spent five years in security sales for ADT. He holds a Master's in Education (M.Ed.) from Portland State University in Oregon. Beyond work, Jason enjoys family time, reading, writing, and making music.

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